income inequality

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We live in an age of unprecedented, irreversible decline—or so we’re often told.

Jonathan Tepperman’s The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems presents a very different picture.

It identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that, contrary to the general consensus, each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one.

By taking a close look at overlooked success stories—from countries as diverse as Canada, Botswana, and Indonesia—Tepperman discovers practical advice for problem-solvers of all stripes, making a data-driven case for optimism in a time of crushing pessimism. 

A Critique Of Present-Day Capitalism

Jun 6, 2016
Cornell University Press

Listen carefully to people in the political system who complain about the uneven distribution of wealth.  They are generally very careful to say that they have no problem with capitalism itself. 

Psychology professor John Ehrenreich takes issue with the KIND of capitalism currently in vogue. 

A system in which some people make piles of money but wages stagnate for the middle and bottom of the wage ladder get their own term: Third Wave Capitalism. 

VENTSday: Overtime Pay + Tips For Service

May 24, 2016
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The income concerns of people from the middle class on down provide the two topics for this week's VENTSday segment. 

We want to gather your thoughts on the new federal rule on who gets overtime pay, and while you're at it, tell us about tipping--when you do it, and who should get tips. 

Listeners take center stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. 

No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance. 

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Oregon legislative sessions are meant to be short and tame affairs in even-numbered years.  These are not the sessions that set budget priorities. 

But there's pressure on the current legislative session to produce laws to help minorities and low-income people, and the threat of ballot measures if the legislature does not produce on issues like minimum wage hikes. 

Fair Shot for Oregon has a list of items--including wages--it would like the legislature to address. 

Does Inequality Actually Help Anyone?

Jan 26, 2016
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Report after report on the economy and incomes shows a widening between rich and poor in the United States. 

There are always people who insist that SOME inequality is a good thing, a potential motivator for people with lower incomes to work hard enough to get higher incomes. 

One of the offerings from the Conversation Project of Oregon Humanities is a session called "How Much Inequality Is Acceptable?" 

Writer/storyteller/professor Julia Hammond from Portland is the session leader. 

California Cities Build Momentum on Minimum Wage Boosts

Dec 22, 2015
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Lydia Flores saves gas money by taking a two-hour train ride to and from her cashier job at a Los Angeles supermarket. She tells her teenage sons about another way the family can save on the cost of eggs.

“Eat it slow,” she tells them. “They gotta savor their eggs now.”

To stretch her dollars, Flores gets some food from churches. Her sons wear their uncle’s hand-me-downs. A couple of times a year, she’ll ask a local nonprofit to help pay a utility bill.