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Newtown Bee The Minimal Effect Of The Minimum Wage Hike

1/16/2015  On the other hand, even when the hourly minimum wage reaches its apex in January 2017, it will still leave workers with their heads barely above the poverty line. According to a 121-page report issued by United Way of Connecticut this past November, 51 percent of Connecticut wage earners earn less than $20 per hour, or $40,000 a year, full time. Those working poor are what the United Way report called the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE population. What is referred to in the ALICE report as the Household Survival Budget suggests that in Newtown, where 15 percent of households fall below the ALICE threshold, a single adult would need to earn at least $10.32 per hour, full time, to afford the… Read More »Newtown Bee The Minimal Effect Of The Minimum Wage Hike

Newtown Bee Year In Review: Notable Moments Of 2014

by Nancy Crevier 1/3/2015  United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, it was revealed, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges. Continue reading: NewtownBee.com

Newtown Bee Having and Not Having

11/20/2014  When the holidays get started in earnest next week, the town will again embark on a season of heightened sensibilities with a celebration of Thanksgiving. Elsewhere, the fulsome holiday spectacle of twinkling lights and jingling cash registers seems to go a little farther over the top with every passing year. But in Newtown the sense of what we have, etched as it is in high relief by what we have lost, has an authentic value worthy of our deepest thanks. It is this extra awareness of the fragile boundary between having and not having that made a report this week by the United Way of Connecticut about the extent of economic suffering in this affluent state, county, and town so unsettling. The United Way… Read More »Newtown Bee Having and Not Having

Newtown Bee Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

by Nancy K. Crevier 11/19/2014  United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges. There have been many reports on the pressures on the middle class, said Richard Porth, president and CEO of United Way of Connecticut in a conference phone call on Wednesday, November 12. The ALICE report differs in the level of detail that will allow United Way to better understand what is… Read More »Newtown Bee Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor