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How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell, iWatch NewsUntil 2008, Darrell Seela owned a home in Las Vegas where he and his wife worked and raised t...

Paul Needham

A Food Bank With Flagging Corporate Support | Paul Needham | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Oya Oliver knows exactly what everything costs, from the price of a box of 100 small Slim Jims -- $14.79 -- to her electric bil...

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Tops $9 For First Time | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Four states have announced that they will be raising their minimum wage rates for 2012, led by Washington state, which will become the f...

New Poverty Rate Only Tells Half the Story: Twice the Number of Americans Struggling to Get By

Brandon Roberts | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

At this critical juncture, policymakers must avoid reducing the national debt on the backs of working families.

New Data Shows Poverty Rates In Illinois On The Rise

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

Some depressing statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday show that Illinois is currently home to more poor people than was the case nearl...

Where 30 Years of Real Class Warfare Has Left America

Larry Womack | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Larry Womack

After this recession, as most of the poor continue to linger in poverty, we won't be collecting any of the revenue that they could be generating. And when another recession hits and our expenditures skyrocket again, we'll cut programs for the poor and taxes for the rich again. And again. And again.

America Can't Be Saved From the Top

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

America can't be saved from the top down. The ship is leaking from the bottom. The debates on the campaign trail and in Washington must not continue to focus on topside staterooms while ignoring the damage below.

Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 09.28.2011 | Business
Don McNay

"Financial reform" is a boon for people in the payday loan business. When people fall out of the world of traditional banking, they are still going to need bank-like services. Payday lenders will be in position to fill the gap.

Speaker Boehner and the Binge on Top

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

If the usual ways of contacting Congress aren't satisfactory, sing to them. With apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein, we have created a new version of "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" that we call "Binge on Top." Have a listen.

Poor Families In Affluent Suburbs Face Unique Challenges

Glenview, IL Patch | Carrie Miller Email the Author | Posted 09.17.2011 | Chicago

Nancy Bloom believes Glenview's upper crust zip code makes it harder than it should be to get grants that would help poor local families. More than...

Nearly Half of Americans Exempt From Federal Income Tax

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

Nearly half of American tax filers will pay no federal income taxes this year, according to data released by the Tax Policy Center. Some 76 million...

Six Simple Ways To Help Ease Poverty In America

Gimundo | Posted 07.29.2011 | Impact

One in seven Americans live under the poverty line, according to the latest census data. That doesn't mean they have to live in poverty. Never in t...

Dave Jamieson

Florida Stiffed Its Workers On Minimum Wage: Judge | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Florida judge has ruled the state violated its own constitution when it failed to raise the minimum wage for 2011. As a result, the ra...

Oh, Please. There Is No Conspiracy Against the Poor and Middle Class in America.

James Napoli | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.

Massachusetts Families Seeking Help in Record Numbers

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

Back in November, Peter Schworn of the Boston Globe wrote that nonprofits in Massachusetts are reporting an unprecedented rise in human need.

We Are A Religious Nation -- Or Are We?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Reliable polls tell us that America is the most religious nation in the industrialized world. So why is the U.S. poverty rate the third worst among developed nations worldwide?

Crying Wolf Over Higher Wages in a Time of Need

Stephanie Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stephanie Luce

Without regular increases to the minimum wage, the number of "working poor" is rising again. New data released last month adds more evidence that higher wage levels do not force employers to lay off workers.

Who Loses Under Obama's GOP Tax Compromise: The Working Poor

Daily Finance | Charles Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When President Obama defended his tax cut compromise with the Republican Party, he insisted that he was helping working people avoid taking a pay cut....

The Danger of Demonizing Profit Making Companies That Serve the Poor

Hugh Whalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

The true issue here is not whether for-profits play an important role -- it should be clear that they do -- but rather how to encourage the right kind of for-profits to address the social needs of the poor.

Arthur Delaney

From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Montana voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative to cap interest rates on short-term credit at 36 percent, effectively banning payday loans -- p...

Internships: Gateway to Opportunity or an Obstacle for Low-Income Students?

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael Laracy

The implications for poverty have been clear: if low-income individuals increase their educational attainment, poverty will decline. But education isn't the whole story.

Will the Democratic Base Turn Out in November?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The "Tea Party" movement has the real potential of not only sweeping away moderate Republicans, but also driving the Democrats in a direction which could leave the urban poor high and dry.

Arthur Delaney

Millionaire Candidate: Consider Cutting Minimum Wage | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, suggested Thursday that the U.S. ought to take a second look at the federal mi...

Wall Street and Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If there was ever a shining example of why you should Move Your Money from Wall Street, legalized loan sharking is a good one.

Bobby Kennedy and the ShatterProof Thermos

Robert Ellis Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Ellis Gordon

As everyone knows, when Jack Kennedy died, he charmed his way past Saint Peter. Slipped in as if getting into Valhalla was no more of a challenge than getting with some pretty blond.