STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT $1.50 a day for food
Maybe you've heard about the upcoming "Live Below the Line" campaign, which is designed to raise awareness about global poverty. Thousands of financially well-off people around the world have promised... Posted on 4/23/13 at 2:44 PM
LIVING UNITED Record breaking campaign - Thank you!
Big news from the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area
We are pleased to announce that we have surpassed our 2012 fundraising goal of $1,025,000.
Under the volunteer leadership of ... Posted on 4/4/13 at 3:27 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Those who scam elderly are targeted
By Don Davis and Danielle Killey
Scammers who convince older Minnesotans to send money to people they think they are helping are targeted by a new bill.
These scams continue to be a growing problem ... Posted on 3/5/13 at 7:14 PM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Disabled in China
Hello Readers! I hope you enjoyed my time in Hong Kong last week. Any questions about that?
Good. Let's move on.
Okay, so this week, we go back to the mainland; back to Zhuhai.
Living the... Posted on 4/21/12 at 7:54 AM
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NEWS UND students on Pay it Forward bus tour help clean up Memphis
Forty University of North Dakota students on the Pay it Forward spring break bus tour are in Hot Springs, Ark., Wednesday after spending Tuesday helping to clean up a neighborhood in Memphis, Tenn.
T... Posted on 3/14/12 at 1:34 PM
A study by the Brookings Institution released Monday ranks the Twin Cities suburbs among the top 10 metro areas for the speed at which poverty is rising. The analysis shows the number of suburban Minnesotans living in poverty has more than doubled between 2000 and 2011.
A day doesn’t go by without someone asking me about North Dakota’s economic success. Because of the energy boom and the hard work of people across the state, our unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation, and our tax revenue is hitting record highs.
Companies demand more and more out of us, placing unrealistic demands that ultimately hurt families at the core. Incomes drop as taxes and insurance premiums rise. Public education falters due to harsh state and federal mandates.
And as a result, middle-class Americans are the ones who suffer.
After a long streak of boasting one of the nation’s lowest rates of children living in poverty, Minnesota has been “slipping” in recent years compared to the rest of the nation, said research director Kara Arzamendia with the Children’s Defense Fund.
“Our research shows that if you want to avoid poverty and join the middle class in the United States, you need to complete high school (at a minimum), work full time and marry before you have children,” a Brookings Institution report concluded in 2009.
How can a conference claim to be about ending poverty if it wears blinders to such results?
Under the law, we all are born equal — but we are not born with the same mental and physical capabilities nor the same social environment. If society cannot find a solution for the Joeys of our country, then the separation into two tribes will become ever greater. The end will not be pretty.
Grand Forks meeting is part of statewide initiative aimed at improving access to care Ann Smith, who has periodontal disease with an active infection, needs to have her teeth removed and dentures put in, she said. The infection could cause stroke or heart attack. She is unemployed, doesn’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, and has been denied disability coverage.
A tax-side examination starts with looking at who pays, how much they pay and whether their burden is fair. Minnesota Tax Department studies repeatedly have shown that the richest in Minnesota are not paying their fair share.
The number of North Dakotans using food stamps to buy groceries dropped 2 percent in the last month of fiscal 2011 as the state's population swelled to an all-time high spurred by a hardy economy. Besides North Dakota, Illinois and Wyoming also showed a drop in food stamp usage. Seventeen states showed increases of 10 percent or more.
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