The State of Inequality

Photo: Buck Ennis / Crain’s New York


To understand the role that state and local policies play in reducing or exacerbating the impact of inequality, The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the Newmark School of Journalism helped fund projects in New York, Seattle, Texas and Atlanta to investigate the issue. All are booming economic centers that rank in the top 10 on any list of inequality in America. Here are the first stories from the project:

Georgia’s Minimum Wage Is Still $5.15. That’s Not Unusual In The South.
As most states raise their minimum wages, Texas refuses to budge
Texas still hasn’t expanded Medicaid. That’s leaving a gap in coverage for hundreds of thousands
The state of inequality: New York’s safety net is made possible by the very inequality it targets
How Atlanta Became The Capital Of Income Inequality
How bad are Washington state taxes? The worst in the country, apparently
A $40,000 salary is no longer middle class in Washington state. Here’s why
Over a million Texas children could qualify for subsidized child care — but less than 10 percent of them receive it