State of Disparity

Craig LeMoult

As we’ve been reporting in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut continues to have one of the widest gaps in the country between its wealthy and poor residents. This past weekend, an art show by students and graduates of Stamford’s public schools explored the question “what is inequality?”

Connecticut’s rising income disparity is causing the state’s revenue from taxes to grow more slowly and to become more volatile.  That’s according to a report from the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

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Yale expert examines causes & impacts of inequality

Jun 5, 2014
Craig LeMoult

The U.S has the highest level of economic inequality of any rich democracy. As we’ve been talking about in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut’s economy is an extreme example of that. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Jacob Hacker, the director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

Craig LeMoult

For the last eight years, Connecticut has ranked last in the nation when it comes to number of schools offering breakfast to students. In the last national report in 2012, less than half of students who received free and reduced lunches in Connecticut ate breakfast at school. There’s a clear economic divide between the schools where breakfast is offered and where it isn’t. The state’s larger, lower-income cities generally offer it, and many of the smaller, wealthier communities do not.