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Feb 19, 2018

A report by Prosperity Now says despite lower unemployment, a booming stock market, and a modest decline in the poverty rate, there is growing evidence that positive economic gains at the national level are not widely shared by those of low and moderate income nationally, or in Kansas. The organization says unemployment in Kansas is currently at its lowest rate in more than a decade. In addition, the income poverty rate decreased slightly in the last year. However, despite those gains, the richest 20 percent of households now earn over four times more than the poorest 20 percent.

Guest: Solana Rice, Prosperity Now’s director of state and local policy.

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