economic-disparities

Bethlehem dangles tax breaks in special zone to developers who include affordable housing

BY: - December 5, 2021

To get the break, developers would have to set aside every 10th unit for persons deemed low, very low or extremely low income.

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The federal poverty line doesn’t really capture Americans’ financial struggles | Opinion

BY: - November 11, 2021

Low-wage jobs in the 21st century are not only the lowest rung on a career ladder, they are often the only rung.

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Report: Pandemic exposed deep disparities in health coverage for Pa. kids | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 5, 2021

While threats to safety net programs existed before the pandemic, newly released data shows the pandemic's 'disproportional impacts ... by race and ethnicity on Pennsylvania households with children'

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We need education — not misinformation — on the child tax credit | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2021

We can’t fix economic inequality with the wave of a wand. But the child tax credit and its potential permanence is a step in the right direction.

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When baseball is like economics: A wealth tax is a home run | Marty Marks

BY: - September 28, 2021

People who benefit more from the system reasonably can be expected to pay more for the advantages the system begets.

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More Americans couldn’t get enough to eat in 2020. The middle class was hit hardest | Opinion

BY: - September 27, 2021

Food insufficiency rates rose across the board, researchers who analyzed government data found. But food banks did help.

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

BY: - September 13, 2021

In 19 of the 32 states with sufficient data, Native women are paid at least $20K less per year than white men.

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Don’t leave out wage preemption in the fight to raise Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion

BY: - August 12, 2021

Research shows that tying wage increases to inflation does not truly solve the larger issue at hand

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What American dream? Millions of Americans still can’t afford food, rent | Opinion

BY: - August 8, 2021

Writer James Truslow Adams coined the phrase “The American Dream” in 1931 to describe a society in which he hoped anyone could attain the “fullest stature of which they are innately capable.” That depended on having a good job that paid a living wage.

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Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems | Friday Coffee

BY: - July 23, 2021

"Jeff Bezos is going into space tomorrow. Yesterday, on earth, I saw a man search for food in a trash can," the critic Charles Preston observed on Twitter.

Federal data shows states still lag in getting aid to struggling renters. How is Pa. doing?

BY: - July 22, 2021

Pa. ranked fifth nationally in the rental aid paid out in June, pushing out more than $45M

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Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today | Opinion

BY: - July 22, 2021

The year 2021 is shaping up to be an interesting year to revisit Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon.”