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  • February 9, 2012

    Prison Population Sees 1st Drop In Almost 40 Years

    The number of Americans living under the correctional system fell to 1.6 million in 2010, according to recent government data. Host Michel Martin discusses the decline and efforts to reform the system with former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project for the Pew Center on the States.


  • February 9, 2012

    Fees for Closing Accounts Draw Attention

    Many banks across the country, including several in Massachusetts, are charging customers if they close a checking or savings account within several months of opening it. more

  • February 7, 2012

    Overdraft Settlements Cost Banks A Small Fraction Of What's Netted In Fees

    When compared with the billions of dollars big banks have rung up in overdraft fees over the last decade, recent settlements with customers over unfair overdraft charges have amounted to little more than a slap on the wrist. No different is JPMorgan Chase's tentative agreement, first reported Monday, to settle for $110 million a consumer case charging that it routinely reordered checking account transactions. more

  • February 1, 2012

    The Cost-Benefit Imperative

    While the states' revenues are beginning to recover, almost all of them expect to have less to spend in 2012 than they had in 2008, before the Great Recession began exacting its toll. Cost/benefit analysis can play a key role in helping government leaders make better decisions on allocating limited tax dollars.  



  • January 31, 2012

    Mitt Romney's a Self-Made Man?

    MY MOTHER grew up on the black side of segregated Mississippi in a family of teachers, preachers, and sharecroppers. She won money to go to college from an oratorical prize. My father - the son of an Italian immigrant - spent his childhood in a small town in Pennsylvania. He saw himself as middle class because he had two pairs of pants. (Poor people only had one.)Like millions of Americans, they climbed the socioeconomic ladder painstakingly, through scholarships and federal loans and research grants. They became university professors. Yet I have never heard either of them ever claim to be “self-made.’’


  • January 27, 2012

    Americans Abroad to Get Bigger Say in 2012 Election

    Laws now in force in nearly every U.S. state, the widespread use of electronic ballot transmission, and an accelerated military mail system should make it easier this year for Americans abroad not just to receive and cast ballots in elections but also to be sure that they are counted.



  • January 26, 2012

    Revisiting the American Dream: Is the U.S. Providing Fewer Opportunities to Get Ahead?

    The widening income gap has become a controversial issue in the United States, as liberals decry the decline of the middle class and conservatives argue that a healthy market economy must reward effort, enterprise and risk taking. But on the related issue of economic mobility, or individuals’ ability to move up the income ladder, most people appear to agree: Upward mobility is good. more

  • January 20, 2012

    Building a Business With Unwanted Customers

    Nationally, dentists shy away from treating Medicaid patients. Many complain that this patient population has a far higher no-show rate than patients with private insurance, according to a May 2011 report called "The State of Children's Dental Health" from the Pew Center on the States. Medicaid compensation often falls woefully short of the cost of care: 33 states reimbursed under 60.5 cents for every dollar a dentist charged, according to the Pew study.  



  • January 18, 2012

    Study: Women New Financial Winners after Divorce

    Conventional wisdom used to say women were the big financial losers after a divorce. But a new Pew survey finds women these days are actually bouncing back better than men financially.


  • January 17, 2012

    States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

    As the U.S. economy struggled to get back on its feet over the past few years, a lot of states found themselves contending with big budget deficits. They responded by firing workers, raising taxes and cutting spending. Now the fiscal picture for a lot of states is brightening a bit—but many still face enormous challenges.