Economy an election focus
In the last 10 years, Georgia’s middle class income has dropped $6,500.
— Politifact Georgia on Monday, September 29th, 2014
Better lately, but longer view not kind to state
Wisconsin is "dead last in income growth" among midwestern states during Gov. Scott Walker’s term.
— Politifact Wisconsin on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Wages, property income, government assistance all up
"Wisconsin is #1 in the Midwest for personal income growth over the year."
— Politifact Wisconsin on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Wealth gap may be even wider
"A white family is likely to have about six times as much wealth than a black or Hispanic family coming out of the recession."
— Politifact PunditFact on Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Take it to the bank -- if you have one
"In Rhode Island today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."
— Politifact Rhode Island on Monday, April 21st, 2014
A claim you can take to the bank
"Women in Oregon are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. If the wage gap was eliminated, a working woman in Oregon would have enough money for 2,877 gallons of gas, 72 more weeks of food for her family or nearly 12 more months of rent."
— Politifact Oregon on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Wallets have gotten thinner
The average Georgia family makes $6,000 less than the average family did 10 years ago when inflation is factored in.
— Politifact Georgia on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
And it's increasing
"The Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined."
— Politifact Wisconsin on Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Passes with flying colors
"By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family."
— Politifact National on Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Along with other stores
"Macy's sent a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto" equal pay bill.
— Politifact Texas on Monday, November 25th, 2013
"The income of the top 1 percent nearly quadrupled from 1979 to 2007, but the typical family’s incomes barely budged."
— Politifact National on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Public views on income inequality have been consistent for 30 years
"Nearly 6 out of 10 believe that money and wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people in the U.S."
— Politifact National on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
We're Number 9
"Ohio companies export more goods and services globally than 41 other states."
— Politifact Ohio on Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Double trouble: Low pay and don't get sick
"Three in four low-income workers don’t have any paid sick days available."
— Politifact Ohio on Monday, February 11th, 2013
Equal pay for equal work?
"In every state, women are paid less than men."
— Politifact Georgia on Monday, October 1st, 2012
Yes, but still paying to New York
"If you're earning under $100,000 a year and you commute to New York every day you pay more to the Port Authority in tolls than you pay to the state of New Jersey in income tax."
— Politifact New Jersey on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Those who don't pay are mostly seniors or poor
"The top 1 percent (of income earners) paid 36.7 percent (of the taxes). ... The top 50 percent pay 97.7 percent."
— Politifact Ohio on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Pay more, save more
"Under this tax cut, middle-class families don't save enough for a week's worth of groceries, while millionaires save enough to go on an exotic vacation."
— Politifact New Jersey on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
Big bucks for corporate big shots
"The top 10 most well-paid CEOs in America received a combined $770 million in 2010, while the average American worker’s wage rose just 2 percent."
— Politifact Ohio on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Decline in median income predated recession
"The median income of a middle class family went down $2,100 from 2001 to 2007."
— Politifact National on Friday, November 18th, 2011