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Resources and Context for Those Who Have Fallen on Hard Times

Image Source: Pexels It’s hard to stay afloat, financially speaking, in today’s America. The average cost of living has increased by 14 percent since 2015, even as wages remain relatively stagnant. No matter where in the country you live, there’s a high chance that you’re living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet.  […]

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Culture Government Wellness

Indiana Ranks 28th in Nation for Child Well-being

INDIANAPOLIS — The national 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranks Indiana 28th in the nation for child well-being. Compared to neighboring states, Indiana ranks behind Illinois (22nd), Ohio (25th), and ahead of Michigan (33rd) and Kentucky (37th.) Economically, nearly 20 percent of Indiana children are living in […]

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Education Mind

Raising the Leaders of Tomorrow: How Your Child Can Become a Global Citizen

Creating Global Leaders Today Muncie, Indiana NEWS– You have dreams that your child will become an upstanding individual who embodies a thoughtful, well-informed and passionate character. There are ways you can foster your child’s development into a global citizen. By using a number of resources — whether it be a travel abroad experience or exposure […]

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Government

Luke Messer Also Guilty of ‘Bold Misrepresentations’

MUNCIE, Indiana – In a recent press release by Congressman Luke Messer (R) of Indiana, its politics as usual. For this Tea Party operative, it’s nothing new for him to continue fighting the Koch brothers battle with President Barack Obama over his signature piece of law – the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Luke Messer has […]

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Culture Education

The Hoosier Poverty Problem Needs Real Solutions

Indiana’s Kids Rely on Smart Poverty Policies from Hoosier Lawmakers By: Andrew Bradley More than one in five Hoosier children are stuck living in poverty, and they need Indiana’s policymakers to tackle innovative policy solutions to help secure their future. Data recently released by Kids Count and the Indiana Youth Institute reveal that the poverty rate […]

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Government

Indiana Youth Institute, “End Poverty With Better Education”?

MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS– This year’s Kids Count results from the Annie E. Casey Foundation have been released, and the Hoosier state has “mixed to improved education results”, according to most newspapers. A press release was sent out last week from the Indiana Youth Institute with several remarks about the report and most Hoosier newspapers simple […]

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Culture

Free Markets and Good Choices Won’t Solve Poverty Issues

Poverty and Income Inequality Deserve Our Immediate Attention MUNCIE, Indiana – Without a doubt, my favorite economist from Ball State is Michael Hicks with Ball State’s CBER department. We agree on many issues even though we are on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. For instance, we both agree that Governor Mike Pence should […]

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Government Wellness

Gov. Mike Pence Wants Tax on Hoosiers in Poverty

It’s hard enough when 76% of ALL Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, but Gov. Mike Pence wants to increase taxes on poor people, or as he puts it, “have skin in the game”, when it comes to their health and wellness needs. I guess the idea is if you pay a forced tax into […]

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Government

Poverty Negatively Impacts Opportunity

At Some Schools, Achievement Lags Behind Opportunity by Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica Some education experts say the opportunity to take advanced classes is critical to helping low-income students succeed later in life. But opportunity doesn’t always equal achievement. Our new analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that, in some states, Advanced Placement […]

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Culture Government

1 in 15 Americans Live in Extreme Poverty

Extreme poverty means personal income of $5,500, or $11,000 for a family of four. This is unacceptable in a country that generates such great wealth. Watch Census: 1 in 15 Americans Among the Poorest of the Poor on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. Thanks to the Brookings Institution and PBS Newshour.