(KFOR NEWS September 26, 2019) (AP) – The gap between the haves and have-nots in Nebraska and around the United States grew last year. The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that an index that measures income inequality in the U.S. increased from 2017 to 2018. States with statistically significant gains in inequality last year were Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia. Census Bureau figures show that gap grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality. Inequality expansion last year took place at the same time median household income nationwide increased to almost $62,000 last year, the highest ever measured by the bureau’s American Community Survey.
The increase in income inequality comes as two Democratic presidential candidates, U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are pitching a “wealth tax” on the nation’s richest citizens as a way to reduce wealth disparities.
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