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Editorial

Measuring inequality

Rochester is not a city where the paramount problem is the outsize incomes of a wealthy few. Rather, growth in jobs is the surest route to reducing poverty and income inequality.

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The degree dilemma

It’s not clear what can be done about the underemployment of many college graduates.

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The renters’ burden

Rent affordability affects not only low-income urban households but also recent college graduates at first jobs.

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The $10.10 equation

There’s a better way than the minimum wage to help boost lower-income households.

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The Ferraro legacy

Thomas Ferraro, who died this week, had a passion for pursuing innovative solutions to the problems of poverty and hunger.

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The human factor

It is right to point the finger at government for high taxes and burdensome regulations, but if there’s a shortage of qualified job applicants, responsibility for that will be much broader.

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Those job numbers

Rochester continues to be challenged by the impact of the Great Recession and the long-term decline of once-dominant employers like Eastman Kodak Co. And at the same time it continues to make progress.

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Faded confidence

Opportunities exist, and some businesses will seize them. Let’s hope a good number of those that do reside here.

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The uneven recovery

In aggregate data, the picture is quite bright. But for individuals, the local economy is much more relevant—and many communities continue to struggle.

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Starting point

No matter how daunting the challenges and even with diminished power to confront external forces, this community's resilience and capacity to adapt are intact.

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Not the right time

No one is saying the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program should be made permanent. But now is not the time to end it.

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Striking a balance

Let's hope that when Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlines his plans in the upcoming State of the State address, he will aim for the right mix of rate relief, simplicity and fairness.

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Fighting poverty

While many anti-poverty strategies have been tried, the list of failures is a long one.

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