Uncovering economic inequality
The wealth gap between Black and white Americans is wider today than when civil rights legislation was passed in the 1960s, one glaring indicator of a society in which economic inequality in this country is tipping toward crisis. Public Integrity’s reporting confronts the discriminatory systems that have overlapped and compounded to redistribute wealth to the rich through the rules of work, access to credit, home ownership and entrepreneurship, state and federal tax policy and government subsidies.
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Share of income Washington state’s poorest contribute to state and local taxes, compared with 3% for the wealthy
How much more in net worth the average white family had in 2019 compared with the average Black family
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Among employers repeatedly cited for wage theft, the share the federal government ultimately fined from 2005 to 2020
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