Poverty

1:55pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Children

Colorado's Slight Decrease In Child Poverty, In 3 Graphs

Colorado saw the sixth-largest percentage decline in child poverty among all states, with approximately 17,000 fewer children living in poverty in 2013. The decrease was part of a national drop in child poverty.
Credit Vicki Watkins / Flickr - Creative Commons

For the first time since the start of the recession, child poverty has decreased in Colorado. The child poverty rate in 2013 was 16.9 percent, down from 18.5 percent just the year before. That represents about 17,000 fewer children living in poverty, according to data released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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1:28pm

Wed June 11, 2014

5:48am

Wed May 7, 2014
War On Poverty, 50 Years Later

The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough'

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 3:27 pm

Victoria Houser of Painted Post, N.Y., is raising her son, Brayden, on her own. She says she feels stuck in a never-ending cycle, constantly worried that one financial emergency will send everything tumbling down.
Pam Fessler NPR

There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers.

And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?

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2:20pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Salt

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 7:09 am

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.
Paul Sakuma AP

At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. (Compensation includes salary, bonus and the value of exercised options.)

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3:40pm

Sun April 6, 2014
Author Interviews

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 4:56 pm

Courtesy of Random House

Investigative journalist and author Matt Taibbi has long reported on American politics and business. With an old-school muckraker's nose for corruption, he examined the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in Griftopia. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered into extreme factions in The Great Derangement.

And in his newest book, Taibbi sets out to explain what he thinks is a strange state of affairs:

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