State of Disparity

State of Disparity
1:11 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Tell Us What You Know

Thank you for checking out WSHU's online survey on economic disparity in Connecticut. You can find our blog on the topic at www.stateofdisparity.org and we're tweeting at @CTdisparity. By completing this form, you’ll become part of American Public Media's Public Insight Network (PIN).

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State of Disparity
6:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Yale expert examines causes & impacts of inequality

Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker, speaking at a conference on inequality. The chart he points to depicts a correlation between wages in the financial industry, and financial deregulation
Credit 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.

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State of Disparity
10:44 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Connecticut ranks last for school breakfasts; economics play a role

Breakfast is available in the cafeteria for high school students in West Haven, Conn.
Credit 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.

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Fence symbolically and literally divides neighbors
8:33 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Haven starts removing controversial fence between public housing and neighboring Hamden

A front loader took down a section of the New Haven-Hamden fence on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

New Haven began demolishing a fence on Monday that for 50 years separated a public housing complex in the city from the town of Hamden.  For some, the fence had become a symbol of racial and economic division between two communities.

Read more about economic disparity issues in Connecticut at our State of Disparity blog.

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State of Disparity
5:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

City mayors describe inequality with suburbs

Two mayors of Connecticut cities and one former mayor commiserated on Tuesday about the economic disadvantages of the state’s urban areas.  They spoke at a conference focused on economic inequality in the state, sponsored by the online news outlet the Connecticut Mirror.

For more on economic inequality in Connecticut, visit our State of Disparity blog.

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