Not only are these trends not sustainable, but they continue to put tens of millions of Americans on a collision course with financial disaster. Moreover, this nation’s economic disparities are a threat to its very future.
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and supported by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute, this partnership set out to design and implement a series of comprehensive strategies to support current best practices and discover new and innovative approaches to help lift people out of poverty.
‘Hidden rules of class’ help the poor do more with less Conclusion of a six-part series The culture of poverty has some universal characteristics which transcend regional, rural-urban, and even national differences… There are remarkable similarities in family structure, interpersonal relations, time orientations, value systems, spending patterns, and the sense of community in lower-class settlements […]
‘Massive wave’ of civil disobedience predicted The 2018 Minnesota state legislative session begins February 20 and must end by May 21. A local coalition has virtually put the lawmakers on the clock by “serving notice” to them to seriously address systemic poverty and other disparities in this year’s session. Last week, Minnesota joined nearly 30 […]
Poverty and toxic stress among contributing factors Minnesota’s obesity rate continues to hover slightly above 25 percent, going from 27.6 percent in 2014 to 26.1 percent in 2015 to 27.8 percent in 2016, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC released 2016 state- and territory-specific data on […]
There is no question that Hillary Clinton “won” the presidential debates of this election cycle. She was knowledgeable, composed, unflappable, and occasionally even funny. Her opponent, who had the temerity to criticize her “stamina,” seemed to lack stamina of his own. By the time the 90-minute debate was over, the rude, sniffling, frequent water-sipping Mr. […]
A recent survey conducted by the New York-based consumer financial services company Bankrate.com reveals that 66 million Americans have put aside zero savings for an emergency of any kind. I think this raises a number of interesting questions. There is a commonly held notion, often espoused by banks and financial analysts, that households should maintain […]