How Much Is Enough? http://wlrn.org en South Florida Wages Not Growing Very Quickly http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-wages-not-growing-very-quickly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers wages and salaries grew 2.4 percent over the past 12 months. That's down from 2.6-percent growth half a year ago. Which not only means there has not been a lot of growth, but that what we have had is slowing.</span></p><p>On top of that, total compensation, which includes things like salaries plus health benefits and bonuses, has not been growing at a comparable rate.</p><p>As the wage growth slows, other costs of living like housing, food and transportation continues to rise at a much higher rate--putting more pressure on peoples’ pockets.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:42:06 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27600 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Wages Not Growing Very Quickly Here's What It Takes To Make Ends Meet In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/heres-what-it-takes-make-ends-meet-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the federal government, "enough" is a simple, five-figure amount: $23,850. That's the poverty line. It marks a distinction between who is poor and who is not, who doesn’t have enough money to make ends meet and who does.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:50:19 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27498 at http://wlrn.org Here's What It Takes To Make Ends Meet In South Florida Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly http://wlrn.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-wont-hurt-south-florida-too-badly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House of Representative voted Wednesday to approve a new farm bill after a two-year standoff. It cuts $8 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, but the brunt of those cuts won’t be felt in South Florida.</span></p><p>The food stamp program accounts for almost 80 percent of the current farm bill. With pressure to reduce spending, it was inevitable that the program would be scaled back.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:09:08 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27231 at http://wlrn.org Food Stamp Cuts Won't Hurt South Florida Too Badly Pay For Pretty Peppers -- Farmers Will Donate The Ugly Ones http://wlrn.org/post/pay-pretty-peppers-farmers-will-donate-ugly-ones <p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/201401/Food_Insecurity.pdf" target="_blank">one in seven&nbsp;</a>South Floridians can't afford the food they need to stay healthy.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:24:21 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27153 at http://wlrn.org Pay For Pretty Peppers -- Farmers Will Donate The Ugly Ones Riding The Bus Is Cheaper Than Driving. Isn't It? http://wlrn.org/post/riding-bus-cheaper-driving-isnt-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the surface, taking public transportation in South Florida is unquestionably cheaper than driving.</span></p><p>But there are hidden costs associated with a commute, stemming from the amount of time behind a wheel or sitting on a bus, and the value of your time in both financial and immaterial terms.</p><p>I wanted to find out: At what point is it more valuable to drive than to take public transportation?</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:39:48 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26821 at http://wlrn.org Riding The Bus Is Cheaper Than Driving. Isn't It? Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent http://wlrn.org/post/foreign-buys-drive-hopeful-homeowners-spend-more-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Foreign investors have been gobbling up properties all over South Florida, often paying with cash. And banks are less willing to take a risk with families who need financing in lieu of cash.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This affects the percentage of income South Floridians spend on housing, because when it's harder to purchase a house, more people rent. And when more people are renting, rent prices go up.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:44:12 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26520 at http://wlrn.org Foreign Buys Drive Hopeful Homeowners To Spend More On Rent Who Is Winning The War On Poverty? http://wlrn.org/post/who-winning-war-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Jan. 8 marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of former President Lyndon B. Johnson's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Poverty" target="_blank">War on Poverty</a>, which left a checkered legacy after 1960s policies to combat growing poverty. We thought this marked an appropriate time to take stock of how local communities are doing.</span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:42:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26135 at http://wlrn.org Who Is Winning The War On Poverty? Konbyen Kòb Ki Ase Pou Sa Viv Nan South Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/konbyen-k-b-ki-ase-pou-sa-viv-nan-south-florida <p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:50:10 +0000 Maria Murriel 24716 at http://wlrn.org Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida? http://wlrn.org/post/d-ganos-cu-nto-dinero-necesita-para-mantener-su-estilo-de-vida <p>Siguiendo la discusión nacional de salarios mínimos y la ayuda que el gobierno provee al respecto, el equipo de WLRN-Miami Herald News quiere saber cuánto le cuesta vivir en el sur de la Florida.<br /><br />Nadie está&nbsp;libre de pagar por gastos básicos como la comida, ropa, renta y costos de utilidades. Algunos no tienen problema cubriendo esos gastos, mientras que otros luchan para llegar al fin de mes.<br /><br />Queremos saber qué piensan al respecto para nuestro proyecto llamado "¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita?".<br /> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:21:43 +0000 Maria Murriel & Stefania Ferro 24715 at http://wlrn.org Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida? Tell WLRN: How Much Is Enough To Live In South Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/tell-wlrn-how-much-enough-live-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following national discussion about minimum wages, livable wages, and government assistance, </span>WLRN-Miami<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Herald News wants to explore just what it takes to live in South Florida.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one is exempt from paying for things: food, clothing, rent, bills -- the list goes on. Some of us can easily afford life's expenses, while others struggle to make ends meet.</span></p><p>We want to explore your views on these topics through a series called "How Much Is Enough?"</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:33:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 24263 at http://wlrn.org Tell WLRN: How Much Is Enough To Live In South Florida?