Federal Minimum Wage Increase Remains Political Hot Topic

Federal Minimum Wage Increase Remains Political Hot Topic

President Barack Obama has made raising the federal minimum wage a key component of his domestic agenda moving forward as he contemplates the final three years of his presidency and the nation’s still-recovering economy. Ideally, the president would like to see the federal minimum hourly wage increased from the current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, […]

Poverty Epidemic Unending in Appalachia

Poverty Epidemic Unending in Appalachia

Poverty has been an unending epidemic in the United States, especially in the southeastern region culturally known as Appalachia. Coal mining and logging were the main sources of employment in the early 20th century but those jobs were not immune from effects of the Great Depression. In order to combat poverty, create jobs and improve […]

War on Poverty Gets No Help From Banks

War on Poverty Gets No Help From Banks

Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” was initiated 50 years ago, but poverty rates have barely budged in America in the absence of help from one of the contributing factors to the war: the banks.  This week marks the milestone, but it doesn’t mark any significant progress. The poverty line has dropped to 15 percent, […]