St. Louis on the Air
2:09 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Missouri Ranks Among Worst States For Widening Income Inequality

Within approximately the last twenty years, Missouri ranks among the worst states in which the gap between rich and middle-income households has widened.  That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we also take note of the report’s finding in which the gap between the very richest and the poor is even larger with the top 5 percent of Missouri households having an average income 11.7 times that of the bottom fifth.

Host Don Marsh talked with Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project.  He also spoke with Rabbis Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation, and Andrea Goldstein of Congregation Shaare Emeth.  Talve and Goldstein are taking the “Food Stamp Challenge,” which is meant to give participants a view of what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans.

Click here for a snapshot of the report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

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