How do we measure poverty?

The official poverty threshold is equal to three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963, adjusted for family size. Is it an adequate measure?

Industrial recruitment poker

Though Amazon says publicly that the Long Island City site for “HQ2½”—half of Amazon’s proposed second headquarters—was not determined by state incentives, would Long Island City have won its bid without them?

Halfway to single payer?

The Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson began a sea change in health care finance. The public health insurance share has risen from 5 percent in 1965 to 41 percent today.

Upstate’s anemic recovery

The unemployment rate in the Rochester metro fell to 4 percent in September, half the rate at the peak of the recession in 2009, and below pre-recession levels. Is this good news?

Union membership continues to plummet

The Current Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor shows unionization at 29 percent nationally and 36 percent in New York State as of 1964. By 2017, the national average had fallen to 11 percent and New York State to 24 percent.