Income Inequality

Group of Mayors Pledge to Push for Universal Basic Income Programs

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Virginia governor extends emergency declaration in Richmond ... Arizona town continues on with the Fourth of July ... Texas bar owners file lawsuit.

Coronavirus Relief Helping to Keep Down Poverty Rate—For Now, Research Finds

A new report says the CARES Act has offered an important boost to low-income families. But aid will dry up as the year goes on.

Black Americans, Crucial Workers in Crises, Emerge Worse Off—Not Better

COMMENTARY | Government responses to economic crises have historically set Black Americans back relative to whites.

Millions of People Face Stimulus Check Delays for a Strange Reason: They Are Poor

The IRS has had trouble getting money to people quickly because millions of Americans pay for their tax preparation through a baroque system of middlemen.

The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two

Some will emerge from this crisis disrupted and shaken, but ultimately stable. Others will come out of it with much more lasting scars.

Positive Yelp Reviews Don’t Mean Stronger Profits For Businesses in Black Neighborhoods, Study Finds

“Location in Black-majority neighborhoods eliminates the benefit of being a highly rated establishment,” according to the new report, which looks at data for thousands of businesses.

Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

"Ultimately, we're in a rental affordability crisis,” says a researcher who worked on a new report that looks at this and other rental housing trends.

How States and Localities Could Spur More Companies to Share Profits With Their Workers

A new report says profit sharing and employee ownership can benefit both companies and workers, recommending state and local policies to help support these business models.

Proposal Could Impose Higher Taxes on Companies With Large CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

A California Senate committee approved a bill meant to address big pay disparities between corporate executives and employees.

A Plan for Closing the Gap Between ‘Superstar’ Cities and Other Metro Regions

Just five U.S. metro areas were home to more than 90% of tech sector growth between 2005 and 2017. How can policymakers change that?

Neighborhoods With More People of Color Pay Higher Energy Bills

Not only are residents of minority neighborhoods paying more of their income for energy bills, but federal government housing policies are a huge part of the reason why.

There Could Be Millions More Americans Living in Poverty Than Officially Reported

New research suggests poverty statistics do not fully account for how price inflation differs for the rich and poor.

The American System of Tipping Makes No Sense

COMMENTARY | If you want to understand how meritocracy acts as a cover for inequality, look no further than our broken understanding of gratuity.