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The Number of Americans Living in High-Poverty Neighborhoods Is Still on the Rise

April 16, 2014 BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest research on concentrated poverty gets a write-up in Atlantic Cities.


What does that look like in hard numbers? As the Century Foundation's Paul Jargowsky puts it, "just over 4,000 neighborhoods (5.6 percent of all U.S. census tracts) now exceed the 40 percent poverty threshold, up from 3,800 since the last ACS data was released in 2011."

Read the full article here.

Tags: poverty, paul jargowsky, high-poverty neighborhoods, concentrated poverty, census data, atlantic cities

What You Need to Know About the Comcast-Time Warner Merger

April 16, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Zachary Bernstein TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

Weeks after it was handed down, the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC continues to reverberate through the political world. Blogger Zachary Bernstein writes about the ruling's effect on the recent merger between media giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Tags: time warner, supreme court, merger, mccutcheon v. fec, john roberts, deregulation, comcast, citizens united, campaign finance

Don’t think you can fool the IRS

PoliticoPro cites TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard in a recent story on the ongoing IRS "scandal" over audit rates.


“What’s happening over the years is that the IRS has relied more on systems and less on traditional audits so the audit effort can be focused on places where there are real issues,” said Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former chief of staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation. “The IRS has been significantly underfunded relative to the number of burdens placed on it.”

Read more here.

Tags: tax system, tax reform, tax policy, irs audits, irs, edward kleinbard, economic policy

The Devastating Effects of Concentrated Poverty

April 14, 2014 BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

Following a joint event with the Economic Policy Institute and TCF, Ta-Nehesi Coats published a new piece at The Atlantic on concentrated poverty where he cites TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest research. 

Read Coates' take here.

Tags: wealth gap, the atlantic, ta-nehisi coates, racial inequality, paul jargowsky, concentrated poverty

Even As Jobs Numbers Seem Better…

April 14, 2014 BY: Jeff Madrick TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

At the Campaign for America's Future blog Our Future, TCF fellow Jeff Madrick is cited for his research on the "jobs emergency."


Give people a raise. Madrick at Next New Deal writes that we should give people a raise: “The bill before Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 may still not pass, but intelligently designed studies suggest such a hike could lift … 6 million people out of poverty and provide raises for about 25 million people.”

Read the full article here.

Tags: unemployment, tax loopholes, minimum wage, job growth, jeff madrick, corporate taxes


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