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Among the middle-class (which Wolff defines as the middle 60 percent of the population by wealth or income), average debt dropped from $98,100 in 2007 to $69,900 in 2016. Lower debt suggests that many Americans are less vulnerable to an economic slump than in the 2007-09 Great Recession.

An ACE Cash Express outlet on San Mateo Boulevard in Albuquerque, N.M., sits on a block that has several small loan storefronts. The lenders who advance people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry's ...
Years of systemic inequalities have held many Americans back from reaching the middle class. But our country remains full of men and women who are hopeful--men and women who want to work and are eager for opportunities to improve their communities. Through programs like LEAP, we are creating ...
Philadelphia - As part of his "jobs That Pay" initiative, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a proposal to strengthen the middle class by modernizing Pennsylvania's outdated overtime rules to increase the pay of nearly half-a-million people to ensure they are compensated fairly for their hard work.
Hard working middle class residents will see tax increases (some almost immediately and the rest within a couple of years) due to lost deductions. At the same time, large corporations and the nation's very wealthiest will see large tax cuts. For example, at least 1/3 of us count on SALT (State and Local Tax ...

One type of multilingual school system known as dual-immersion allows students with varying language skills to thrive in a space together by rotating the language of instruction. While the dual-immersion system fulfills a lot of needs in the modern school system, their rapidly growing popularity among ...
Supply and demand have come to bear on the housing market, and it's putting some cities out of reach for much of the middle class. The city of Denver has a plan to deal with the problem: housings subsidies. The subsidies aim to help middle-class professionals, like nurses and teachers, afford higher end ...
Respected climate scientists, U.S. government agencies, meteorological societies and over 190 nations have all come to the conclusion that global warming is real and caused by human activity. My son evaluates climate data at a major university and I have two degrees in chemistry. We both have an ...
We have had the "war on drugs," "war on poverty" and now Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are waging a "war on the middle class and the working poor." They are out to destroy the middle class so the rich can get richer. With the new tax plan just about everyone will get a tax break the first ...
As the royal triumvirate of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch Mcconnell continue their perverse quest to turn our America into a gold-plated Trumplandistan for oligarchs, they keep insisting that their blatantly elitist schemes will magically elevate the middle class and even the poor, delivering a ...
To many, India feels like the heir apparent. Its population will soon overtake its Asian rival's. It occasionally grows at the kind of pace that propelled China to the status of economic superpower. And its middle class is thought by many to be in the early stages of the journey to prosperity that created hundreds ...
From 1776 forward, the "common yeoman" -- America's middle class -- has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before the 1930s, most Americans were poor, or near poor. And, yes, "created" is ...
Avocado sales to China are expected to more than double this year as demand continues to grow for the fruit from the country's expanding middle-class population. "It appears to just double every year, from what we've seen," Steve Barnard, president of Oxnard, California-based Mission Produce, the ...
Stuyvesant Town, site of one of the de Blasio administration's most expensive, and controversial, housing preservation deals. Middle-class housing was saved there; the author wants more of it preserved and built. Mayor de Blasio is doing a great job bringing attention to the need for more affordable ...
"Open Door" will allow New Yorkers with moderate and middle incomes to purchase a condo or co-op. It aims to create about 200 affordable homes each year, with a goal of 1,300 by 2026. Another program called "Home Fix" will offer low-interest loans to help people with low or moderate incomes to make ...
Politicians are fond of pitching to the "average Australian" but judging by the income of Australians, whether you are middle class depends on where you live. And where we live tells a rich story of who we are as a nation - socially, culturally and economically. Income is at the heart of access to services and ...

This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They've weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Faced with more price increases for next year, they're mulling options outside insurance or skipping coverage entirely -- a decision that could lead ...
I can respect your opposition to the "millionaire's tax" but to suggest that it would apply to some middle-class business owners is disingenuous. And to write that they would pay a 9.1 percent tax rate without emphasizing that the higher rate only applies to the portion of income over a million dollars is also ...
How the GOP tax plan's focus shifted from the middle class. Republican leaders Sen. McConnell and Sen. Hatch with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. "GOP plan evolved into a windfall for the wealthy," the WashPost's Damian Paletta writes in the paper's lead story: Key stat: "[T]he plan would cut taxes for businesses by $1 ...
If we get a DWI ("driving while intoxicated"), we suffer consequences. If he gets a DWI, it's "Donald was innocent," or "Donald wasn't indicted." If we have a long, 40-hour week, we say TGIF ("Thank God it's Friday.") He says, "Thank God I'm famous." If we want something done right now, we say ASAP ("as ...
History proves that America's economy boomed after FDR increased taxes on the wealthy and established programs that helped the poor, elderly, middle class and returning war veterans. FDR's programs gave federal jobs to build a first-class infrastructure, finances to strengthen university systems and ...
Because our progressive state government believes that children should be healthy regardless of their parents' income level, Minnesota has one of the most extensive children's health insurance Program (CHIP) coverage criteria in the nation. That means that even with a solidly middle-class household ...
As more and more US department stores close and malls are mothballed, Amazon is being blamed for the "retail apocalypse" (paywall). But there's another dynamic crippling American retailers--a shrinking middle class exacerbated by a widening inequality gap. Between 1971 and 2015, the share of US ...
The middle class is roughly defined as the 60 percent between the bottom 20 percent and the top 20 percent of the population. The middle class took the brunt of the 2008 financial crisis. They lost their savings, homes, retirements and jobs. The U.S. government (that's us) incurred trillions in debt to avoid a ...
According to the ex-commerce secretary, corporate tax reform is crucial to increasing the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, but the current plan fails to create inclusive growth. "You can't do it on the backs of raising taxes on the middle class," Pritzker said, adding that it was unacceptable that the current ...
I'm not shocked that the Republicans are pushing this huge tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. For Republicans, giving big tax cuts to the rich is like a pig rolling in feces. It's just what they do. But a new Quinnipiac University poll finds that Americans disapprove of the tax bill by nearly a 2-to-1 ...
For what Piketty, Saez, and Gutman define as the middle class -- the 40 percent of the adult population between the bottom 50 percent and the top 10 percent -- we see a different "post-tax" story. government economic programs help this middle class more in the second epoch than the first. Middle-class ...
The most immediate benefit will be the tax cuts for the middle class. For more than a decade, expenses have increased -- health care being the biggest expense -- while wages have stayed generally flat. Republicans and Democrats alike have called for relief for people feeling this middle-class squeeze ...
By Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Kabir Khanna and Anthony Salvanto. Republicans expect economic boost, but not personal tax cut. The Republican tax plan faces opposition from a majority of Americans. Over half disapprove of it - including four in 10 who disapprove strongly, and only one in five ...
Lawmakers have made -- and then retracted -- pledges that their planned overhaul bill wouldn't raise taxes on any middle-class families. Trump and his top aides have said the changes won't cut taxes for the highest earners, statements that are demonstrably false. And all of them argue that the proposed ...
Have you noticed lately how the political establishment and economic elite throw the middle class crumbs? Whether it's the national or state political parties' platforms, the policies promoted usually slight the middle class. According to three past studies' definitions, "middle class" includes income ranges ...
As the national debate over the future of American tax policy heats up, President Trump has referred to the Republican tax plan as a "middle class bill," and "middle class miracle." As recently as last week, he proclaimed, "It is not enough for the middle class to keep getting by - we want them to start getting ...
1) The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class gets some crumbs, but only temporary ones. 2) How two-faced and hypocritical the Republicans are. They are firmly against increasing the deficit (which this bill increases by about $1.4 trillion) unless it is favorable to them to do so, but they ...
Sens. Ernst & Grassley: Well senators, you really socked it to your current and future constituents this time. Can you please give us a time frame as to when you will start cutting funding for education, health care, water quality, environment and other programs which assist the constituents that you just ...
Some news reports have stated while upper income earners and Corporations would receive tax breaks, many middle class taxpayers would have their ... Now is a good time for each of us to write to our representative and our senators and point out if they support a rise in middle class tax rates under the ...
Dollar General and other dollar stores are thriving while department stores struggle to survive -- and their success is built on the death of the American middle class. The Wall Street Journal reported that Dollar General has become one of the most profitable retailers in the US by opening more locations in ...
But upper-middle-class people like Cornwell and her husband are expected to pay full price, feeling the blunt force of what experts and health Economists agree are unbearable escalations. Some people may qualify for ACA subsidies through less extreme measures than those taken by Cornwell, such as ...
Whether you follow developments in India closely or not, you have likely heard about the emergence of the "Indian middle class." The private sector, especially large multinational corporations, view the emergence of a large pool of Indians with increasing disposable income as the most vital consumer ...
Among the stranger features of the 2016 election campaign was the success of Donald Trump, a creature of globalization, as an America First savior of the white working class. A candidate who amassed billions of dollars by playing globalization for all it was worth -- he manufactured clothes and ...
Does Washington think we are stupid or are we when it comes to this tax bill? Who doesn't want tax reform, really? However, like everything else that has come out of this administration, this is anything but tax reform. I challenge any conservative to point out one item in this pile of excrement that would help ...
While it contains a temporary tax cut for some middle-class families, nearly a quarter of middle-class Americans will see their tax bills go up immediately. By 2027, the legislation raises taxes on everyone making under $75,000 per year. Small businesses are possibly the most harmed by this legislation.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, middle-class families making between $40,000 and $50,000 a year will see a combined tax increase of about $5 billion. Not coincidentally, households making over $1 million a year will see a tax decrease of about $6 billion. Of the many losers in the ...
But those benefits may elude many middle-class residents, recent college graduates and taxpayers with high medical bills. The bills would hit Oregonians much harder than taxpayers in most other parts of the country. That's because Congress is moving to end a deduction for state taxes, which enables ...
Today, legislation is under consideration in Washington that would, by most accounts, amount to a massive transfer of wealth from middle class Americans to large corporations and the super rich. The Joint Committee on taxation and the Congressional Budget Office estimate that under this plan, people ...
If Republicans are serious about giving the middle-class Tax Relief, it's time to end our absurd subsidization of the wealthiest 1 percent and make sure those flying around in their Gulfstream IVs aren't enjoying our country's shared aviation infrastructure without paying their fair share of the taxes needed to ...
"My understanding based upon incomes is I'm technically in the upper-middle class," he told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro during a segment on living on $100,000 a year, "but it sure doesn't feel like it." He and his family live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and while his income is "sufficient for our day-to-day living," ...
Mahlon Mitchell, the newest Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, says Wisconsin has "the fastest-shrinking middle class in the country.
But it's also true that if your primary goal were to help the working and middle class, you could structure tax cuts that lowered the tax burden for ...
Known as the Biden Forum, it is aimed at fostering a conversation about economic issues facing the U.S. middle-class community and will ...


 

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