Living Wage Jobs in 2017

Something we do not always keep in mind when we are helping people out of poverty and into self-sufficiency is the fact that we do not have a lot of jobs that pay a living wage. Here are a few facts: Job growth since the Great Recession has mostly come from low-wage jobs that do […]

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Minimum Wage Increases in California

This policy brief compares California’s recently enacted AB10, which will increase the minimum wage in California to $10 in 2016, to Senator Mark Leno’s proposed SB935, which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $13 in 2017 and index it to inflation beginning in 2018, ensuring that benefits will be sustained for California’s lowest-paid workers. To […]

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Wealth Distribution & The American Dream

Today American’s continue to experience hardships with the lowest wages and highest poverty in history. Although some may say the economy is doing better, there are more jobs and a lower unemployment rate, many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. So how bad is it? In a Senate floor speech, US Senator Bernie Sanders […]

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The Divide Between Rich and Poor in America

David Simon, a reporter, author and writer/producer of the TV series, The Wire and Treme, speaks about the two Americas in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland. According to Simon, 10-15% of Americans are being discarded as a burden to society. How do we change this statistic? How do we level the playing field so […]

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Living on the Brink

One in three people in the United States live on the brink of poverty and almost 70% are women and children. According to Maria Shriver, “The lines separating the middle class from the working poor and the working poor from those in absolute poverty have blurred.” Follow this link to view a summary of the […]

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Minimum Wage Debate

There have been many heated debates recently about the minimum wage, not only at the national level but the state and local level as well. One of the most recent debates targets SeaTac, a suburb near Seattle, Washington. The new minimum wage is $15.00 an hour. Click on this link to listen to the discussion.

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Inequality for All

In a recent interview with Bill Moyers, Robert Reich discussed his new movie, Inequality for All. If you are interested in our economy and the direction it is heading you will find this interview very enlightening. Watch interview here.

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