Economic woes http://www.kplu.org en Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking http://www.kplu.org/post/pew-middle-class-poorer-earning-less-and-shrinking The researchers at Pew Social &amp; Demographic Trends aren't holding back in their new report on the middle class. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:50:22 +0000 6065 at http://www.kplu.org Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking Smashed windshield a sign of Washington's troubled roadways http://www.kplu.org/post/smashed-windshield-sign-washingtons-troubled-roadways <p>When a chunk of I-5 flew up and smashed through the windshield of a car carrying a family of four, the dangers of Washington&#39;s crumbling roadways became all too real.</p><p>&quot;The rock hit me so hard in the chest, it literally took my breath away,&quot; Henry Jessop, who was in the passenger seat<a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/163364586.html">, told KOMO</a>. His son Ian and his daughter were in the back seat, and his wife was behind the wheel.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:29:20 +0000 Jake Ellison, Lindsay Lowe & Evan Hoover 5696 at http://www.kplu.org Smashed windshield a sign of Washington's troubled roadways U.S. families' wealth plunged 40 percent during recession, Fed says http://www.kplu.org/post/us-families-wealth-plunged-40-percent-during-recession-fed-says In a study (<a href="http://federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/2012/PDF/scf12.pdf">pdf</a>) released today, the Federal Reserve reports that Americans saw a record drop in their wealth between the years 2007 to 2010. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:33:59 +0000 5252 at http://www.kplu.org Count: Number of homeless in Bellingham drops http://www.kplu.org/post/count-number-homeless-bellingham-drops <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. &ndash; A count by a volunteers showed the number of homeless people in Bellingham is declining.</p><p>Housing advocates say their organizations have had success in a difficult economy by targeting services to the most vulnerable. The Bellingham Herald reports that volunteers counted 500 homeless people during the Jan. 26 &quot;point in time&quot; count, compared to 700 last year.</p><p>Homelessness as defined for the count includes living on the street or in a vehicle, an emergency shelter or transitional housing.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:24:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4499 at http://www.kplu.org Extended jobless benefits ending in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/extended-jobless-benefits-ending-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The Washington Employment Security Department says extended benefits will be phasing out over the next month for 85,000 people in the state.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:41:30 +0000 The Associated Press 3441 at http://www.kplu.org Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report http://www.kplu.org/post/income-inequality-lower-average-nw-says-census-report <p>New numbers show the gap between the rich and poor has grown across the nation. But income inequality in the Northwest is lower than the national level. That&#39;s according to an analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:00:15 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3009 at http://www.kplu.org Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report Projections gloomy for Tacoma city budget http://www.kplu.org/post/projections-gloomy-tacoma-city-budget <p>Tacoma is facing a $26 million dollar budget shortfall. That was the <a href="http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=17452">grim news Interim City Manager Ray Arellano delivered to the Tacoma City Council </a>during a 2011-2012 budget update.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:50:47 +0000 Paula Wissel 3002 at http://www.kplu.org Projections gloomy for Tacoma city budget Census Bureau: Poverty rate in NW rose sharply then leveled off http://www.kplu.org/post/census-bureau-poverty-rate-nw-rose-sharply-then-leveled <p>Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty, but the numbers are a little better in Northwest states. That&#39;s the headline from the latest population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:35:54 +0000 Tom Banse 2617 at http://www.kplu.org