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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

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$11 per hour

Target will raise its minimum wage in October to $11 per hour, and it’s planning more wage hikes over the next few years. Come the end of 2020, the minimum wage offered by the company will be $15 per hour. [Bloomberg]


12 percent

Percentage of Americans who want to decrease taxes for the wealthy. Sixteen percent of Americans want to cut taxes for corporations. The majority of Americans — according to a Wall Street Journal poll — instead want to increase the taxes paid by corporations and the wealthy. But it’s looking like the Trump administration’s tax reform plan will include a tax cut for both of those groups. [The Wall Street Journal]


21 months

Former member of Congress Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sending lewd messages to an underage girl. [BuzzFeed]


21 correctional facilities

An inmate in Missouri is seeking to lengthen his time behind bars: Missouri prisons will go smoke-free by April 1 due to a lawsuit filed by an asthmatic man serving a life sentence. There are 21 correctional facilities in Missouri affected by the order and about 30,000 inmates. [The Associated Press]


$5.1 million

Amount made by Jeff and Mark Bass last year from royalty rights they hold in Eminem’s song catalog. Now the pair has agreed to sell up to a quarter of those rights to a start up that’s promising investors a share of those royalties, which they say will increase over time. [Financial Times]


$1 trillion

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which now appears to likely be dead, would prompt about $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid from 2017 to 2026 compared to funding levels in current law, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. [FiveThirtyEight]


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Walt Hickey is FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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