Study shows gap growing between rich and poor
'More inequality' in rich nations
"What will happen if the next decade is not one of world growth but of
world recession? If a rising tide didn't lift all boats, how will they
be affected by an ebbing tide?"
It may be about time we retire this whole "rising tide" analogy. Some boats are apparently not boats at all, but seaplanes...
"The most equal distribution of wealth is in the Nordic countries, including Denmark, Sweden and Finland."
Perhaps some of us are too quick to dismiss the Nordic track.
Inequality in major US cities rivals Africa: UN
""The life expectancy of African Americans in the United States is about
the same as that of people living in China and some states of India,
despite the fact that the United States is far richer than the other
two countries," [the report] said."
Pennsylvania Women Stop Closing Wage Gap With Men
"But in the current decade, despite a so-called economic expansion
between 2001 and 2007, the progress of women in the Pennsylvania
Health costs soar past wages
"So, it probably cuts into the amount of wage increases that they can get."
Utahn's wages not keeping up with rising insurance coverage costs
"The average Utahn's work-based health insurance premium has increased
five times faster than the average wage since 2000, the group says."
How one failing St Paul school made the grade
"We find out their learning styles, then we can address each child's needs," Johnson said."
Not leaving children behind doesn't have to be rocket science.
USDA to kill Phila. school lunch program
"The 17-year-old program aimed at poor students is unique because it
doesn't require students and their families to fill out application
forms for free or reduced-price meals. This maximizes student
It also reduces administrative cost and stigma associated with free lunches.
Povert (of sorts)
Fuel poverty campaigners lose high court battle
"Campaigners failed today in a high court bid to force the government to spend more to end fuel poverty."
Apparently there is a lack of legal as well as political will.
Poverty in America: The Problems and Solutions
"Communities know what they need. It is not more welfare or school
vouchers... but jobs, programs which work in schools and for young
people. Good public transportation and job training, learning how to be
resourceful and make things again, self-sufficiency, and a deep respect
for learning need to be privileged more than what television and
advertising put out there."
Poverty and Politics (Netherlands)
An example of the discussion that ensues when individuals are highlighted instead of the conditions or systems in which we live.
Lawmakers must halt runaway minimum wage
UNH Study: State's households struggle with less livable wage
"It was never designed to be a living wage.
It was supposed to be an earnings floor for workers in entry-level,
low-skilled or unskilled, often menial jobs, protecting a vulnerable
work group from exploitation. If someone doesn't want to earn just the minimum wage, then the
solution is to get the education and/or skills and training needed to
go up the wage ladder to qualify for better jobs."
I'm assuming that the Yakima Herald Editorial Board realized the
power of their argument, were promptly trained, and are now the New
York Times Editorial Board.
Coweta wages in 'rapid decline'
"[The economist] said more jobs isn't necessarily a good thing, if they aren't the
right kinds of jobs. Fruth compared the situation to a baseball team's
roster. Adding a bunch of "scrubs," he said, doesn't lift the team
batting average, and certainly doesn't make for a better team, even
with more players."
"The study also projects a continued decline in livable wage jobs in New
Hampshire due to the state's transformation from a production-based to
a service-based economy."
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