BJ Cook

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Scott Walker’s minimum wage farce: Why he’s determined to keep it down

The governor’s administration insists $7.25 is a “living wage.” Its source is the state’s restaurant lobby<p>Under pressure to raise his state's minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so. Low-wage workers had filed a complaint charging that the …

8 Ways Travel Can Make You a More Romantic Partner - Vagabondish

Travel can change you in many positive ways, including making you a more romantic partner. Forget about memorising poetry books or learning to cook …

Census data on poverty show results of economic policy gone wrong

The headline number in last week's release of Census Bureau data on poverty was pretty good. It was widely noted that the rate dropped significantly for the first time since 2006, with especially sharp declines among children and Latino families.<p>A peek under the hood, however, reveals the dismal …

Economics

Researchers: The collapse of Greenland’s ice sheet could be a bigger disaster than we thought

The glaciers’ vulnerability to warming waters means current projections of sea level rise are likely too low<p>New, from the people who brought us the unstoppable collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet: It turns out that Greenland's glaciers are more vulnerable to melting than was previously …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

The global cost of fighting climate change might be … free?

Saving the world from catastrophic warming doesn’t necessarily require sacrifice, finds a major new report<p>The world can beat this climate change problem yet, promises a major new report from an international commission of leading economists. And the cost of doing so might end up being practically …

Paul Ryan Can Fight for His Budget or Fight Poverty—but Not Both

Even if the Republican is sincere in his outreach to the poor, his spending plan would hurt the neediest Americans by cutting the programs on which they rely.<p>The term “compassionate conservatism” is identified with George W. Bush, but the concept really is owed to the late Jack Kemp, the Republican …

About half of America has zero net wealth

Wealth is the value of everything you own: stocks, bonds, your home, your car -- minus your debts. And while income inequality has taken center stage in debates about the growing gap between rich and poor, what's happening with wealth paints an even more staggering picture.<p>The wealth share of the …

Demographics