| Sep 16, 2014
| 4:41 PM
The poorest Americans, particularly those who are Latino, finally are showing signs of joining in the economic recovery as the nation's poverty rate dropped significantly last year for the first time since 2006.
The improving labor market drove the...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:59 AM
The old adage of you can't solve a problem by just throwing money at it applies to solving poverty as well.
"Handing over money is fast and easy and therein resides the problem of many poverty-alleviation efforts," said Brian Fikkert, author of When...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:22 PM
When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pitched a plan to slowly boost the minimum wage across the city, critics warned that businesses could easily skip town for neighboring cities and pay less.
Now some of those cities are beginning to explore whether to...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Hardly a week goes by without some new study, quarterly report or economic forecast proclaiming the same troubling news — a combination of stagnant, low wages and a high cost of living has left far too many Angelenos struggling to make ends meet....
| Sep 6, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Brenda Tabb still lives a short walk from where she grew up in downtown Allentown.
The neighborhood has gotten grittier since she played there as a child in the 1960s, growing poorer and more diverse as the years have worn on.
While she rolled with...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 5:55 PM
One of the key things state officials will be watching, if they get a federal OK to add roughly 20,000 people with serious mental illnesses to the Medicaid rolls, is whether covering relatively inexpensive primary care doctors' services and mental...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 1:57 PM
When Mark Wermuth first went to the nonprofit Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando, he was homeless, on food stamps and just starting a 12-step program for alcoholism.
A little more than a year later, the 55-year-old is sober, renting an...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 4:11 PM
To commemorate the state of affairs in the Illinois governor's race, tonight's dinner will be saltine crackers dunked in tap water. Sad trombone, please.
Don't feel sorry for me. I have cabernet on standby.
If you must pull a violin bow, do it for...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 2:52 AM
(Reuters) - Fast-food workers in more than 150 U.S. cities are planning protests on Thursday to press for a wage increase to $15 an hour and allow them to unionize jobs from the fry-basket at McDonald's to the cash register at Burger King.
| Sep 4, 2014
| 4:19 PM
University System of Maryland schools have had mixed success in improving the graduation rates of minority and low-income students, according to an annual progress report released this week.
Some colleges, including the University of Maryland, College...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:30 AM
A funny-sad back-and-forth appeared in the pages of The Hartford Courant last month.
It started when one Christopher Edge wrote into the letters section to say he had had it and was moving out in a brief tirade entitled "Farewell, Connecticut." More...