University of Michigan
FROM Justin Wolfers
Median income goes up for the first time in years News today from the Census Bureau shows that the economic situation for millions of Americans got better last year. More than three million people escaped poverty – the biggest drop in the poverty rate since 1999. According to the census, the middle class is doing better too. The median income jumped more than 5 percent. It’s the first time it’s gone up since the recession.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.