United States Attorney John Walsh Alerts Public To Beware Of Disaster Fraud In Aftermath Of Recent Floods

below poverty line: 11.6% (9th lowest) Massachusettss median income is well off its 2008 high of $68,055. Just under 10% of families in the state made more than $200,000 in 2011, the fourth-highest rate in the country. Massachusetts also had the lowest percentage of the population without health insurance in 2011, at a mere 4.3% a whopping 10.8 percentage points below the national rate. The high rate of insured residents has much to do with a 2006 law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney. The law provided near universal health care coverage to all Massachusetts citizens. Among cities with populations of 100,000 or more, three Massachusetts cities Boston, Worcester and Cambridge had the lowest proportion of residents without health insurance at 5.5% or less compared to a national rate of more than 15%. 4. Connecticut > Unemployment rate: 8.8% (19th highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 10.9% (5th lowest) Connecticut is one of only three states, along with Maryland and New Jersey, to have had a higher percentage of families earning more than $200,000 a year than families living below the poverty line. The western region of the state is home to a sizable population of hedge funds, and their employees, along with residents who work in New Yorks financial district, helping drive up the states median income . Second only to New York, Connecticut had one of the largest gaps between the rich and the poor. At nearly 11%, the proportion of families living below the poverty line in Connecticut is the fifth lowest in the country. Meanwhile, 11.2% of families earned more than $200,000 in 2011, the highest proportion of all states. 3.

Unfortunately, there are some who prey on the vulnerable or desperate. Before giving money to an organization, do your research to ensure it is a legitimate relief agency. Also, before you hire a contractor, do your research to ensure that they are a legitimate, reputable business. U.S. Attorney Walsh also noted that scams come in all formse-mail, phone calls, and mail solicitations. He urges Coloradans to be vigilant and cautious before giving anyone personal information. Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following: Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, and do not click on links contained within those messages, as they may contain computer viruses. Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites. Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities. Rather than following a purported link to a website, verify the existence and legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources. Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. To ensure that contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make donations directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf. Do not be pressured into making contributions; reputable charities do not use coercive tactics.

The United States’ Obscene Wealth Inequality

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Much is currently made of the fact that the food stamps program has become exceptionally fat in the past few years and is presumably in need of a trim. Such arguments almost always omit any mention that this expansion was done to alleviate the social impacts of the 2008 recession compounded by the dismantlement of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC, or welfare) program in the 1990s. WalMart: Home of the modern-day lords and their serfs Contrary to the use of food stamps by the needy in the past to supplement assistance programs for those who could not work, many working families now rely on SNAP to survive, because the income from their jobs keeps them at or below the poverty level. This is especially so for those who work in the big retail chains. For example, the salary of a WalMart Sales Associate ranges from $7.47 to $10.77 per hour. Consequently those with full-time status, defined as being employed for 34 hours per week for 52 weeks per year, earn only $13,200 to $19,000 per year: a salary that puts them well below the poverty level of $23,000 per year for a family of four. Nevertheless, WalMart has fought all proposals to raise the minimum wage in the US. Given that WalMart currently employs 1.2 percent of the US workforce in the private sector, one could say that a significant part of SNAP serves to subsidize Walmart. That is not all. Many WalMart employees also rely on Medicaid and other government programs for anything approaching a decent living standard. Indeed, taxpayers are estimated to subsidize WalMart to the tune of $900,000 per store, per year. By contrast to the dire poverty of those who generate WalMarts wealth, if we put aside Forbes official list of the super rich and do some of our own math, it immediately becomes evident that Number One (Bill Gates) and Number Two (Warren Buffet) are rather puny compared to Walmarts owners. Specifically: Christy, James, Alice, and S. Robson Walton hardly stand out in the Forbes gallery of the super rich at the relatively modest rankings of Number Six through Number Nine, respectively, but their net worth adds up to an obscene $136 billion: that is, $6 billion more than the fortunes of Gates and Buffet combined. Charity for profit As for the nominal Number One: his fortune seems to defy all physical laws, having grown from $9.35 billion in 1994, when he became a philanthropist , to $72 billion today.