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Public News Service - WI: Poverty Issues

A Wisconsin legislator says urban and rural lawmakers should come together to address the state's most persistent health issues. (JamieWilson, iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – While poverty and poor health are factors in both rural and urban Wisconsin, the most recent figures show Milwaukee's poverty rate is 29 percent. State Sen. Lena Taylor, a Milwaukee Democrat, says 23,000 Milwaukeeans live in food deserts, inner city neighborhoods with few fre

AARP Wisconsin is concerned that any cuts to Social Security benefits would have a negative impact on Wisconsinites. (Peterfactors/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin is a battleground state in the presidential election, and House Speaker Paul Ryan faces a Republican challenger in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. AARP says the candidates aren't saying enough about what they'd do to ensure a secure future for Social Security. About

Most Americans don't grasp basic concepts of financial literacy, says a new study. (AlexBrylov/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. — According to a recently released nationwide study, only about one in three Americans is considered financially literate: possessing a basic understanding of financial concepts such as budgeting, credit and decision-making when it comes to money. The results did not surprise J

A report shows income disparity in Wisconsin is huge, and the gap is widening. (DeanDrobot, iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Nearly $1 out of every $6 of income in Wisconsin wound up in the bank accounts of the top 1 percent of earners, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and the Wisconsin Budget Project. A report put out by the two groups says this means the income disparity betwe

A report from a nonpartisan organization shows those with the highest incomes in Wisconsin are paying a lower percentage in taxes than people of modest means. (Zerbor/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – While the wealthiest Americans have seen their earnings skyrocket in recent years, incomes have stagnated for many others in the country, according to Tamarine Cornelius, a research analyst for the nonpartisan Wisconsin Budget Project. She conducted a study that concludes Wis

The Democratic leadership of the Wisconsin State Assembly believes the state's Family Medical Leave law is stuck in the 1950s and needs a 21st Century update to reflect the changing family dynamic. (KatarzynaBailasiewicz/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - Families in Wisconsin are working harder than ever but our laws simply haven't kept pace with the modern workplace, says state Assembly Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse. She and 35 other Democrats are pushing a bill to modernize the state's Family Medical Leave law.

A bipartisan agreement in Congress to save the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit will mean money in the pockets of more than 150,000 Wisconsin families. (monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - More than 150,000 working families in Wisconsin and their 300,000 children got a nice Christmas present from Congress, according to Jon Peacock, director of the Wisconsin Budget Project. The bipartisan agreement to preserve the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which

Prisons, such as the Racine Correctional Institute, have been a growth industry in Wisconsin, which now spends more tax dollars on correction than on education. Credit: Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections

MADISON, Wis. - A new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project suggests the state is spending too much on corrections, which is a drag on the economy and causes harm to the state's communities by splitting up families. Tamarine Cornelius, a budget analyst for the group, says Wisconsin's annual c

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