Tag Archives: income inequality

Personal Grit Won’t Do It; We Must Address Structural Inequality

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/personal-grit-wont-do-it-we-must-address-structural-inequality/ It’s becoming clear that the American Dream is increasingly a myth, that America is not really a meritocracy, and that it’s become virtually impossible to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” these days if you are very … Continue reading

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What Portion of Our Collective Wealth Are We Willing to Invest So That People Can Succeed?

By Deborah Weinstein May 15, 2015 This post was originally published by The Huffington Post on May 14, 2015.  That is the question President Obama posed at a Georgetown University Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty on May 12.  It was a fascinating discussion … Continue reading

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Inequality and the Estate Tax: What You Need to Know

Posted at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/inequality-and-estate-tax-what-you-need-know According to some indicators, the high levels of wealth concentration among the one percent that we see today are approaching levels not seen since the 1920s. At that time, business titans had accumulated such unimaginable amounts of … Continue reading

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What Do You Need to Earn to Be in the Top 1% in Your County?

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): This January the Keystone Research Center reported that the top 1 percent of earner’s share of income has increased in every county in Pennsylvania (press release / report ). Today’s infographic, based on data from … Continue reading

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Report: Inequitable Tax Code Costs Pennsylvania up to $6.9 Billion

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): Taxing Top Incomes at the Same Rate as the Middle-Class Could Fund Critical State Priorities such as Restoring Education Cuts and Paying Down Pension Debt HARRISBURG, Pa. – As Pennsylvania confronts a nearly a $2 … Continue reading

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A Wage-Less and Income-Less Recovery for PA’s 99 Percent—New Study: Top 1% Only Group to See Income Gains Since 2009

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): HARRISBURG, PA (Jan. 26, 2015) — The top 1 percent of Pennsylvania earners are the only group to see their incomes grow in the current economic expansion, according to a new report The Increasingly Unequal … Continue reading

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S&P: Reduce Inequality for a Better Economy

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): Posted at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/flexibility-whom-irregular-schedules-other-practices-wreak-havoc-workers Approximately 45 percent of part-time workers are primary wage earners, or breadwinners, for their families, according to the most recent data. Part-time employees are more likely to be women, and … Continue reading

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Sandra L. Strauss: It’s time for leaders to champion increase in minimum wage

Posted at http://www.mcall.com/opinion/yourview/mc-minimum-wage-increase-pennsylvania-strauss-yv-0-20140923-story.html Opinion: More than 50,000 Lehigh Valley workers receive wages so low that they need food stamps Opinion: How a low minimum wage affects working people Opinion: Work should be a pathway out of poverty, not another form … Continue reading

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Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Posted at http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/stiglitz-inequality-is-not-inevitable/ The NY Times just ended an eighteen month series of commentaries on its opinion pages about economic inequality,  The Great Divide, moderated by the Nobel prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz.  I urge you to read the final column … Continue reading

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New Analysis Finds Over a Million Workers From Every Part of Pennsylvania Would Benefit From a Minimum Wage Increase

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): Keystone Research Finds raise would help nearly one in four workers in rural PA counties HARRISBURG (May 7, 2014) – A new analysis by the Keystone Research Center (KRC) shows the county of residence of … Continue reading

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