Poverty level worst in 30 years

Poverty in Wisconsin hit its highest level in 30 years during the five-year period ending in 2014, even as the nation’s economy was recovering from the Great Recession, according to a trend analysis of U.S. census data just released by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.The number of Wisconsin residents living in poverty averaged 13% across that post-recession time frame — the highest since 1984, according to the analysis by UW-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory.

Via Poverty across Wisconsin reaches highest level in 30 years @ JSOnline.



Dire prostitution in Greece.

When the economic crisis began in Greece, the going rate for sex with a prostitute was 50 euros ($53)…. Now, it’s fallen to as low as two euros ($2.12) for a 30-minute session.Meanwhile, in NYC, women have been successful using dating sites to find men who would take them out to dinner, even when the women were honest that there was no hope of having sex with them and they were just in it for the free food.

Via “Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry” @ Althouse.

Trying to legislate away poverty

“I made this list of places homeless have been banned from or are not allowed to sleep or just be- but I missed a few, so I’m revising the list. The bench ordinance and the ban from sleeping at the city-county building are two more to the list. All this effort and homelessness has increased…

Rousting the homeless

The Downtown Pedestrian Protection Ordinance would impose a time limit of one hour on the use of public benches and prohibits sitting, lying or lodging on public sidewalks and right-of-ways during most hours of the day. That prohibition would run from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for any city office properties, and from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. for the rest of the downtown.

Madison Police would be required to give a verbal warning to anyone violating the ordinance, but after that violators would be subject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $250 for a second or subsequent offense within one year of the first.

Via Mayor Soglin proposes sweeping ordinance aimed at homeless population.

Madison struggles with homelessness

“Remember the classic wooden benches in the lobby of the City-County Building? A grace note for the tired-of-foot taxpayer? Gone down the memory hole. Victim of Madison’s dominant political culture, its subservience to the Cult of Victimhood. Madison’s dominant political culture cannot bring itself to evict the vagrants befouling the seat of local government, so…

Requiring Testing Before Eating

Madison— People seeking unemployment insurance and public benefits would have to be tested for drugs and those who receive food stamps would have to use two-thirds of their benefits for nutritional items, under GOP bills moving quickly through the Assembly. Via Panel takes up drug testing for public benefit recipients @ JSOnline.

Baltimore leader gets it right

Despite Angelos being a platinum-spoon-fed one percenter, he gets it more than some of the 99ers I’ve heard in Janesville who support and defend the legislative agenda of the elite class Angelos describes. With the punishing revenge style social media response trending lately on those who bring truth to power, I would not doubt it…

Soglin tries to clean up City-County Building

Mayor Paul Soglin, after waiting what some would argue was too long a period of time, has finally said conditions are so bad that enough is enough.  Last week the mayor restricted the homeless to only sleeping outdoors at the city-county building.   That makes sense so to reduce having problems spread throughout the downtown area. …