SLIPPERY SLOPE

Union membership continued its 20-year decline in 2003, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

LATINO OPINIONS

Latinos are more supportive of public education and teachers than either whites or African Americans.

RACE MONEY

New York City leads the country in federal campaign contributions, but 93 percent of donations come from majority white zip codes.

NO RECOVERY

A massive and growing income gap revealed in several recent Labor Department reports has typified the American economy since 2001.

MISSED SAVINGS

The recent Medicare reforms will not save the city much money, and leave New Yorkers paying significantly more for their drugs than other states.

MEDICAID CUTS

Governor Pataki has proposed a slate of Medicaid cost-cutting measures that some have called “devastating.”

COPING MECHANISMS

Nationally, the nonprofit sector is facing “severe” budget crises, even as groups widely report expanding their programs and services.

WORST CASES

HUD’s belated update on the state of low-income housing says the gap between people who need affordable housing and the existing stock is still widening.

MINIMUM, BUT NOT ENOUGH

As the state’s poverty rate climbs and low-wage jobs expand, the minimum wage–$5.15 an hour—has less buying power than it has had since the 1940s.