Jail to jobs program

Three years ago, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa was at a hearing for a 29-year-old who’d been falling behind on his court bills. If he kept missing the payments he risked ending up in jail, so Lamancusa asked him what was going on. “He said he couldn’t get a job. And I asked him, ‘Have you applied?’ …

Data from the Federal Reserve show that over the last decade and a half, the proportion of family income from wages has dropped from nearly 70 percent to just under 61 percent

Excerpt from The Recovery Threw the Middle-Class Dream Under a Benz,  By Nelson D. Schwartz, Sept. 12, 2018, NYTimes.com Data from the Federal Reserve show that over the last decade and a half, the proportion of family income from wages has dropped from nearly 70 percent to just under 61 percent. It’s an extraordinary shift, driven largely by the investment profits of the …

MPOs revising planning to prioritize projects that help access, equitable and affordable transportation, and safer biking and walking

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup September 3rd, 2018 By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more assistance than many taxi or TNC …

Two-thirds of the U.S. corporations that rake in the most federal tax dollars, either via contracts or subsidies, pay their CEOs more than 100 times what they pay their median workers

By Chuck Collins, Inequality This Week (Labor Day 2018) inequality@ips-dc.org At the Institute for Policy Studies, we’ve been worrying about the wild divide between how companies treat their CEOs and their workers for well over two decades now. My colleagues Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati have just released our 25th annual Executive Excess report. The study’s key finding: Two-thirds of the …

Where the Poor Spend More Than 10 Percent of Their Income on Energy. Hint: almost everywhere in the United States

ADAM CHANDLER in The Atlantic JUN 8, 2016 LUCY NICHOLSON / REUTERS From childcare to payday loans, to the difficulty of buying in bulk and beyond, the list of what makes being poor so expensive is long already. And here’s another: energy-related expenses. The threshold beyond which experts believe energy ceases to be “affordable” is 6 percent of a household’s income. But for many lower-income households, even with declining energy prices, …

The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Interne

The Hitch in Kentucky’s Plan to Build High-Speed Internet for All FEB 1, 2018 KRISTON CAPPS Why the Internet Should Be Part of Trump’s Infrastructure Plan APR 12, 2017 KRISHNA JAYAKAR Community Broadband Media Roundup – August 27 Indiana Electric Coop “Concern for Community” Means Building a High-speed Fiber Network Colorado The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Internet by Brandon S. Thompson, Western Slope …

Becoming Serfs: Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Truthdig by Chris Hedges A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Photo: Corinne Segal / pbs.org) You know the statistics. Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century. The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent …

The Inequality Crisis Hiding Behind High Utility Bills: Low-income people and communities of color are disproportionately energy insecure. Here’s how energy efficiency policy can address the divide.

By Basav Sen, August 27, 2018, Institute for Policy Studies.  A society with high levels of inequality of incomes and wealth inevitably leads to high levels of inequality of living standards. One such dimension of inequality in the United States today that does not get the attention it deserves is the incidence of energy insecurity.  Low-income households pay a much higher share …

We have a democracy when a political system can and does make a good-faith effort to address the problems average people face. A plutocracy focuses on protecting and building the wealth of the already wealthy

August 23, 2018 by Sam Pizzigati How can we tell when a democracy, or rule by the people, evolves into a plutocracy, the reign of the rich? Easy. We have a democracy when a political system can and does make a good-faith effort to address the problems average people face. In a plutocracy, on the other hand, the political system pays no …

Violence is the symptom, and inequality is the disease

BY PHIL GLYNN, Special to The Kansas City Star, August 21, 2018  At least 39 people have been shot in Kansas City in August. Our city has suffered at least 16 killings this month, and 86 so far this year. In 2017 we lost 150 to homicide. Neighborhood leaders, families, police, prosecutors and clergy are on the front lines. They’re …