WASHINGTON — Everyone knows that economic inequality has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and this has created a new cottage industry: dissecting "the top 1 percent." We now have a study from three economists that broadens what we know about these top earners. The study's biggest news…
The number of Montanans experiencing poverty increased by more than 11,000 people last year when compared to 2012, which translates into thousands of residents having inadequate access to health care, according to public health officials.
WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…
Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.
WASHINGTON — Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rule…
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a supermarket.
Many of us were saddened to read about the death of homeless Hamilton resident Linda Shelley.
WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…
Need some tips on tipping while traveling? Here are some good old standards, and some new thoughts and ideas.
This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…
Hundreds of Billings’ homeless and people at risk of homelessness got the opportunity Friday to learn about services to give them a hand and to get signed up.
WASHINGTON — You don’t need me to tell you, but it’s a whole lot tougher leading a garage band than being a superstar.
Fewer people are starting small businesses now that the job market is looking better.
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – Cathie Hughes is a woman with seemingly limitless energy. But she sounded dejected when she answered the phone in early March.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Robert Larsen spent three years crisscrossing the country looking for work. He cleaned oil from Florida beaches after the BP oil spill. He found work in the booming oil fields of North Dakota until a disagreement with his boss cost him his job. He chased leads in Colorado, N…
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, and activists have celebrated it for 100 years now. This year’s theme, set by the United Nations, is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.” Here at home, to gain momentum, women need to gain economic power.
WASHINGTON — Who creates most jobs? Hint: It's not the government. Almost everyone seems to grasp that the private sector is the true jobs machine.
WASHINGTON — One of the self-destructive tendencies of American politics is the eagerness of both parties to overpromise.
After hoisting a box of fresh produce into the trunk of her car, Mary Cook was feeling good about what was for dinner.
CASPER, Wyo. — C.J. Martin took her wheelchair and left.