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.

GIVING TO THE RICH

In the world of foundation giving, it’s all about the rich getting richer, or so says a study conducted by the Foundation Center and the Boston Globe.

IOM WANTS UNIVERSAL

The Congressionally chartered Institute of Medicine said in a high-profile report yesterday that the nation must reach universal health care coverage by 2010.

NO COMPLIANCE

It will take at least another year before city schools even have a plan to comply with a years’ old state mandate for teaching sexual health.

PROMISES, PROMISES

The White House is about 1.6 million short on the number of jobs its tax cut was supposed to stimulate by year’s end.

JUDICIAL DISCRETION

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist attacked a law passed last spring that limits judges’ ability to depart from sentencing guidelines.

WHO KNEW?

Many of those most affected by the historic revamp of Medicare have no idea it happened.

PERCEPTIONS AND ACCESS

One-fifth of immigrant families surveyed said they were concerned that signing up for public health insurance would cause them problems with immigration.