Washington is finally talking about increasing the minimum wage. Such a move comes with costs, but the benefits are far greater.
A record number of Americans are poor. And by any measure, the poverty rate is rising.
The new poverty numbers came out today, and they aren't pretty.
The Census Bureau reports that more than 15 percent of Americans
are living in poverty--a number that's gone up for three consecutive years and
is the highest it's been since 1959.
The poverty rate in the U.S. reached 14.3 percent in 2009—the highest level in 15 years. Another 4 million people