If poverty means not having money, wouldn't giving people cash fix the issue? Host Michel Martin speaks with Mauricio Lim Miller, founder of the Family Independence Initiative, and science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff, about why it's more complicated than that.
Community College leaders are in Washington lobbying for more money and a bigger role in training Americans for the workforce. In most states though, community college funding has been slashed. It's unclear if the schools can open their doors to more people or create new job-training programs.
Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. Opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities.
The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said for months that he would not let the United States default on its debt, and he made good on that promise: The House voted Tuesday evening for an increase of the debt limit with no strings attached, just as President Obama had wanted.
One of the biggest problems facing low-income families is a lack of affordable housing. A coalition of nonprofits hopes to attack the problem using a well-known tool in the private sector — a real estate investment trust that allows investors to pool their funds to buy property.
No state has seen as steep a drop in teacher salaries over the past few years. Legislators also halted a salary bump for teachers with master's degrees and cut a cap on class size. "Teachers are really questioning why they want to teach," says the head of a state advocacy group.
Janet Yellen made her first appearance before Congress as chair of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday. Her remarks, released prior to her testimony, stressed that there would be a lot of continuity with past policies, because she had helped develop and implement them.
The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.
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