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The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the New Poverty and Income Data

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As Congress prepares for yet another fiscal showdown, new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau should be a wake-up call that it is time to move away from a wrong-headed austerity agenda and pivot to a focus on creating jobs, boosting wages,and...

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Roger G (154)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:22 pm
noted, thanks

Roger G (154)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:26 pm
Australia's minimum wage for adults is now $16.37/hour

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 4:44 pm
15.3 million seniors kept out of poverty by social security...that is really misleading because there are so many seniors out there that are so far below the poverty level they don't get far below poverty level is $10,000/yr??

Jason R (67)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:36 pm
This is what REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION did to us. By not nominating rich Cordrey to the finance protection agency, years ago. They LET the banksters continue looting the quantum easing. Q.E. was NEVER meant to last more than a few months.

Could it be...these congress people are just too stupid to know what they are doing or is it, 4th reich fascism/grind stone, we're taking over? This looks like a coup following a coup!

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:27 pm
Santa Fe's minimum wage is $10.29 an hour which is a mere pittance in this very expensive city. Albuerquque raised its minimum wage on Jan. 1 to $8.50 per hour for workers who don't receive health care or child care benefits. Unfortunately, many employers are not complying and the City Attorney and Mayor are telling workers who are not getting the increase to "hire and attorney and take it up in court." Like they can afford to hire an attorney.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:38 am

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:39 am
Personally it's hopeless.

cecily w (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5:12 am
Thanks, Carrie.

Wayne W (12)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:31 am
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.

No informed person of good will would support austerity in this economic climate. Austerity is potentially catastrophic and could well increase the debt because of declining revenue and increased demand on the safety net.

Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families those earning less than $20,000 have topped 21 percent, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression.

U.S. households with income of more than $150,000 a year have an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, a level traditionally defined as full employment. At the same time, middle-income workers are increasingly pushed into lower-wage jobs.

Some 87 percent of SNAP participants live in a household with a child, a senior or a disabled person, according to Agriculture Department data. Around 45 percent of recipients are under age 18 and 9 percent are older than 60. Only about 10 percent of recipients are able-bodied adults under age 50 without dependents.


Birgit W (160)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:41 am
All our politicians should try to live on a minimum wage income for a year. They would change the law immediately.

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:17 pm
Anyone who is aware of history could have predicted this. It was not austerity that got us out of the depression of the thirties. And the programs that did get us out did not do it overnight either.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:48 pm
If they had bailed out the poor and jailed the bankers the economy would have recoverd faster.

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 2:43 pm
read & noted

Lois J (63)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:50 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Ditto what Jamie C. (above) stated. I feel like I'm living in an upside-down society, and it has to end before it implodes again....probably worse than it did before.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:33 pm

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Wednesday September 25, 2013, 8:17 am
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