States where income inequality has soared

They say that rising tides lift all boats, but increasing income hasn't benefited everyone.

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Mar 23, 2014 4:33AM
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Unfortunately, the gap is getting wider between the haves and have nots in all 50 states.  The wages of too many working people has dropped in the last 20 years. The number of hours worked is up. The number of dollars paid to them is down.  Everyone knows this, but not all like to mention it.
Mar 23, 2014 7:19AM
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As a school bus driver in Michigan, I not only have not had a raise since 2006, I have taken a 10% pay cut. I've never taken a penny from government, but at this rate I"ll have to drop cable and apply for food stamps.
Mar 17, 2014 9:29PM
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Get the illegals out of AZ and the income level goes way up.
Mar 18, 2014 12:39AM
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It is all about corporate greed.  It has always been about corporate greed.  Do you really think that the boys in the board room are concerned with the workers?
Mar 23, 2014 10:12AM
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Something everyone likes to ignore is the number of Senior Citizens.  We are stuck financially.  Most of us can't work for health reasons, and even if we could, no one will hire us.  I know there's a law against age discrimination, but just try to prove it!  Gasoline, food, electricity, all keep going up, and our Social Security does not keep pace with it.  So every year we fall farther and farther behind.  The government does not consider food & fuel costs when calculating our S.S. COLA.  I guess they figure we don't need to eat or go anyplace! 
Mar 23, 2014 6:48AM
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What I've never understood about right wing logic is that how ever many millions a CEO is paid he's worth it even if profits and sales decline but ordinary workers should accept whatever a company pays and be happy. When Reagan proposed his massive tax cuts for the 1% he said allowing them to keep more would lift all boats enabling them to pay all employee's better with better benefits. As this article notes it never happened. By what logic is the CEO of say Walmart that has seen declining same store sales for years a producer worth pay of millions while a cashier selling millions in merchandise every year not even worth slightly above minimum wage as many righties claim?
Mar 18, 2014 2:26AM
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This "study" is silly - it has no basis in reality for several reason. The first and most important reason is that the cost of living compared to income is not considered as a factor  -  I mean a brain-dead moron knows that the state's cost of living is a key factor in "income inequality," but this study doesn't even mention it. There are several other variable her that this study does not include in its figures. Another key varible is the number of illegal aliens that the state is supporting - it is a crushing force in Arizona. Each year Arizona spends billions of dollars educating, providing free medical care and government benefits to illegal aliens.

I think where you will see real income inequality is in New York, Massachusetts and California. Really only the rich can even begin to afford to live in those states - others are totally supported by government programs - freebies from Obama and the liberal democrats.

Mar 23, 2014 3:34AM
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there are actually three  groups  the top 1 percent , the 89percent , then you have the bottom 10 percent, these are the lazy and the stupid , they deserve to be poor. America wastes too much on the bottom 10
Mar 18, 2014 1:31AM
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When you do not work. You do not get paid. Except you do receive food stamps, cell phones, rent, money, health care. So if you are willing to have a minimum income. You can have more money if you work. A little at a time you make more.
Mar 22, 2014 8:02AM
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If a person was to add in the Cost of Living per State as a FACTOR, the fact that most in those stated STATES didn't see a Wage increases makes the income inequality far worse. So most make the same unless you are in the Top 1% even as total State WAGE Income has risen. The Higher cost of Living can be mitigated in a given State by those at the top since their Earned Income has more then made up for any increases in Living Costs.

The 99%, not so Lucky in spite of the FACT that their Productivity has soared yet the wages and benefits have not. A State with far Higher Costs of Living are a bigger burden for others when only a small group benefits from increases in Total State WAGE income over time.  How folks like Flong don't get called out is just a reflection of just how bad things have gotten here. The Right to Work Harder for Less Movement sweeping America and the World will makes things far worse in the Years to come. Stupid, Dumb, and Naive will tell you otherwise.


Mar 23, 2014 5:19AM
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It is basic arithmetic that those who have more money have more ability to invest said money, thus it will grow at a faster rate.
Mar 23, 2014 7:56AM
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The housing collapse and Bank of America holding a large chunk of America hostage I am sure is not helping
Mar 23, 2014 6:42AM
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of course the rich will get rich and the poor and the middle class continue to struggle. It doesn't help that any savings they have in cds or savings accounts are earning next to no interest while the stock market continues to roll along.  If you don't look to our own gov't for keeping interest rates low which in turn keep the rates for cds and savings accounts low I don't know what to tell you.  It's not the 1% fault they know where to invest there money to make more and it doesn't help that our elected officials are closer to the 1% than the rest of america and who do you think they are going to help?  They pay lip service to the poor while they grow closer to the 1% than the people they say they represent.
Mar 23, 2014 8:20AM
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The "study" is meant just to promote class warfare not to present the reality. The "study" never mention the illiteracy among young people, the schools drop-outs, the thousands of useless college degrees with no hope to land a job, the people complacent on getting government hand-outs, the jobs this country lost by signing the NAFTA agreement (thank you mr. Clinton), and the list of reasons for the so called inequality can go on and on. People making enough money didn`t stole it from the less fortunate, they worked hard for it, so they will pay taxes to provide enough money for welfare checks, disability checks, Medicaid and tuitions for illegals and their children and so on. Bottom line, cut the crap and report the truth.
Mar 22, 2014 7:41AM
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Flong777,"This "study" is silly - it has no basis in reality for several reason. The first and most important reason is that the cost of living compared to income is not considered as a factor  -  I mean a brain-dead moron knows that the state's cost of living is a key factor in "income inequality," but this study doesn't even mention it."

Funny how this idiot thinks that comparing the Income earned by folks in the same STATE doesn't matter. If they were comparing Incomes to other STATES, then cost of Living would come in to play in the manner that this idiot is stating. But that's NOT what this Article is doing. It is talking about income and WEALTH gained for folks compared to others in the SAME STATE, not as primarily first compared to other states, Big Difference. The only time the Comparison comes in to play is stating the percent gains for the top 1% or 99% compared to other states. Cost of living isn't a factor for comparison in the context for who gained the most or least of total wages earned per state.

For instance, say in Alaska, total earned income in the STATE rises by a additional $5Billion however ZERO of that increase in income goes to anyone other then the top 1% wage earners. The other 99% maintain the same Wage Level yet face increased cost due to inflation but don't see wage increases to combat it. That's a total different issue as compared talking about the High Cost of Living for a given STATE which is important when applied in the right Context. Flong is just plain Clueless, most idiots like him are.

Now stating $100,000 in income doesn't go nearly as far in New York compared to other states in a valid point but that's not what this articles is addressing. Funny how the same idiots always post on a Article talking about how off base it is when the poster themselves are way off point themselves. The Dumbing down of America continues. Flong is leading the way.

Mar 23, 2014 7:45AM
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What is this article suppose to be saying except..... "We are the Liberal Progressive Media Minion Cheerleaders of this current administration and we are here to promote his agenda."....Pravda of the US!

According to this Administration, we should me taking the money away from the 1% and dividing it among the 99%.

Bet all the Politianl are in that 1%......They don't have to follow their own laws.

Mar 23, 2014 3:18AM
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When reading this ridiculous article, keep in mind that the group calling themselves 24/7 Wall St, are far left-wing, anti-capitalist, socialist
Mar 23, 2014 9:16AM
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The number of people hitting the poverty line will increase rapidly if the minimum wage is increased. If wages goes up then the price of goods goes up. This is a given so the people that was in the lower middle is suddenly in the lower class. The only reason for a minimum wage increase is to increase government allotments to their coffers. If the government want to help the poor then let the deflation begin which would make goods a lot cheaper. But would give government a lot less revenue to pay off (OUR) crushing debt. The ONLY thing the government care about is it's taxes and big business that pays a large portion of those taxes. Oh and their re election.
Mar 23, 2014 12:34PM
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The richest 85 people in the world have the combined wealth of the bottom 3.5 billion people. Think about it-does this system work?
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