Category Archives: Inequality in US

By How Much Would Walmart Need to Raise the Price of Macaroni to Pay Its Employees a Living Wage?

More references on this topic below. Forbes: Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. Americans … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow? (US Incarceration System)

INCARCERATION AND RACE * 1 in every 14 black U.S. black men was imprisoned in 2001, compared with 1 in 106 white men. * 1 in 9 black men between the ages of 20 and 35 was behind bars in … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Wage, cont’d

From EPI: One common myth perpetuated by opponents of raising the minimum wage is that increasing it will mostly benefit young workers who will use the money to support discretionary spending.  The reality is much different: Among workers who would … Continue reading

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Wealth Inequality in the US, and Rising

Today’s Times reports on the extreme wealth of a media baron: The media mogul Rupert Murdoch has paid more than $57 million for the top four flours of One Madison, a steel and glass luxury condominium tower in downtown Manhattan, … Continue reading

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