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I Didn't Find the American Dream in New York City

Christian Gabriel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Christian Gabriel

Being poor anywhere sucks, but there's perhaps a particular kind of soul crushing that one experiences being poor in New York City. On average, after rent and bills, I probably had less than three hundred dollars per month to put toward food, other expenses and social activities.

Learning to Love My Unemployed Self

Katie Gibson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Katie Gibson

I had everything. I had the perfect apartment, the perfect lifestyle (whatever that even means), the perfect husband, the perfect dog, the perfect job. I was bouncy lollipops and rainbows happy. That is, until it all fell apart faster than you can say downsizing.

Don't Forget What Happened When Obama First Proposed Chained CPI

Bob Greenstein | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Most media coverage of the president's decision not to include the "chained CPI" for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.

Obama Budget Will Not Include Cost-Of-Living Trims, Officials Say

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-l...

House Changes to Military Pensions Would Violate Key Principle of Recent Budget Deal

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The House voted yesterday to undo the military pension savings in December's Murray-Ryan budget deal and offset the cost by extending the sequestration budget cuts for mandatory programs by one year, from 2023 to 2024.   That was a mistake. 

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

So You're Not Curing Cancer

Brian Bordainick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Brian Bordainick

I'm not curing cancer. I've given up my career helping to rethink education in failing schools across the country. But I haven't abandoned my goals to...

Things That Will Cost More in 2014

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 03.06.2014 | Money
Jeanette Pavini

It's a new year, and time to begin that 2014 budget and begin those saving resolutions. There are some items that are going to increase this year.

Doing the Math on Walmart: Average Take-Home Pay Barely Covers the Basics

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Grossman

After paying for housing, utilities, transportation, food -- and Walmart's most basic health insurance -- a single person living in a relatively low-cost community would have about $395.50 to cover the rest of the month's expenses; a parent with a 6-year-old, about $143.10.

House Ways and Means Committee Misleads Hill on Chained CPI

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Workers who have contributed to Social Security through a lifetime of work deserve better than to see their earned benefits cut, especially when this cut is disingenuously sold with smoke and mirrors.

Arthur Delaney

Social Security Cut Would Put More Money In Seniors' Pockets, GOP Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial proposal that would save the government billions by changing the way Social Security benefits are adjusted each year wou...

Why Are Americans Fleeing The Northeast?

Posted 11.01.2013 | HuffPost Home

It's true that the Northeast is home to some of the priciest zip codes in the country and some of the harshest winters ever, but the question of why A...

Let's Trade Rent-Stabilization for Real Housing Affordability

Joe Melaragno | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Joe Melaragno

Housing costs in New York City are out of control and we must do something to address them before it's too late. We need to accomplish two key goals: ...

A Path to an Affordable New York City

Joe Melaragno | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Joe Melaragno

Very few civic leaders discuss the root cause of high housing costs. One of the primary reasons housing prices are so high in New York City is because of restrictive zoning that puts an extremely prohibitive limitation on housing supply.

20 Years Later, 'Price Of Paradise' Keeps Rising

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

It’s not cheap to live in Hawaii. It wasn’t 20 years ago and it’s still not today. In the early 1990s, two volumes of "The Price of Paradise"...

Look At The Difference California's $2 Minimum-Wage Hike Will Make

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business

California is on track to pass a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. That salary certainly won't make anyone ri...

The Cost Of Living In Hawaii Is Astronomical -- Does It Need To Be?

jklk | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business

The following is excerpted from a Civil Beat article. By Kery Murakami So this is paradise. Palm trees sway in the trade winds that take the edg...

The Price of Paradise

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Everyone who moves here sings the same refrain, "I love this place and I'll never leave." For some, this holds true. About six months later, a significant number have changed their tune to "I will lose my mind if I spend another minute on this god-forsaken rock."

3 Things We Need To Stop Saying About Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

There's a common myth that people are forced into poverty because they squander their money on consumer goods. The fact is that it's harder to buy food, heat your home and put clothes on your children's backs than it used to be.

It Costs HOW Much To Raise A Child?

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents

New parents, you might want to look away. The USDA just released its estimate of what it will cost to raise a child born in 2012 until the age of ...

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Questioning the Queer Manifest Destiny

Marissa Higgins | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

Want to live in a neighborhood known for being historically gay-friendly? Be prepared to pay for that locale in cities like Manhattan, Boston, or San Francisco, where the average monthly rental cost of a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $1,881 to $2,700.

D.C. Families Need How Much To Get By??!!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

Anyone who lives here could have told you that D.C.-area families need a whole lot of cash just to get by. You still may be shocked by the exact amoun...

Report Reveals Sobering Truth About Miami Cost Of Living

Posted 07.10.2013 | Miami

The Economic Policy Institute has just updated their cost-of-living budgets to reflect how much a family needs to earn to get by in 2013. Looking a...

The Expenses We Didn't See Coming

Karin Kasdin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Perhaps our entertainment moguls might want to reconsider the real cost of excluding a large portion of our population from 90 minutes of escape from reality.