Personal Incomes http://kunc.org en 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address http://kunc.org/post/5-things-expect-obamas-state-union-address As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, he does it against a backdrop of some of the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx">lowest voter-approval ratings</a> of his presidency, with a divided Congress that has largely stalled his second-term agenda and with Washington's collective focus starting to shift toward the midterm elections and beyond.<p>Here are five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech:<p><strong><strong>Income inequality --</strong></strong> Obama has made t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:49:00 +0000 Frank James 53691 at http://kunc.org 5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America http://kunc.org/post/birth-minimum-wage-america In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.<p>"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University of California, Davis. "Because flour is such a fine particulate, if it gets to hang in the air it can catch fire and the whole room can go up in a sheet of flame."<p>New York passed a law called the Bakeshop Act. It didn't set a minimum wage — the minimum wage didn't exist yet in the U.S. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:51:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 53490 at http://kunc.org The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap http://kunc.org/post/banks-fill-payday-loan-gap A payday loan is a costly form of credit operating on the fringes of the economy. That's why the target of a new crackdown by federal regulators may surprise you: Instead of a forlorn-looking storefront with a garish neon sign, it's your familiar neighborhood bank.<p>A small but growing number of banks, including some major players, have been offering the equivalent of payday loans, calling them "deposit advances."<p>That is, at least, until bank regulators stepped in Nov. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 52588 at http://kunc.org Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap Proposed Rule Would Make Companies Disclose CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio http://kunc.org/post/proposed-rule-would-make-companies-disclose-ceo-worker-pay-ratio <strong>Update At 12:30 p.m. ET. SEC Approves Rule:</strong><p>The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted 3-2 to move the proposed rule ahead, with the two Republican commissioners opposing the measure.<p>The rule now goes for a 60-day public comment period, after which it could be formally adopted.<p>SEC commissioners also voted unanimously to require municipal advisers to register with the agency.<p><em> Here's our original post:</em><p>U.S. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49752 at http://kunc.org Proposed Rule Would Make Companies Disclose CEO-To-Worker Pay Ratio Census Report Paints Troubling Economic Picture On Incomes http://kunc.org/post/census-report-paints-troubling-economic-picture-incomes For the first year since the recession, median household incomes did not decline in 2012. But it's hardly a reassuring picture. Incomes were flat despite the economic recovery and big gains in the stock market. That's a troubling aspect about today's labor market. It's four years since the official end of the recession and many households are worse off than when it started. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 49720 at http://kunc.org Census Report Paints Troubling Economic Picture On Incomes