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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Page 7 1come gap up over two 00ecades, data show Leigh Strope Lebor Writer - WASHINGTON - Over decades, the income gap steadily increased een the richest ricans. who own homes stocks and got big tax tks. and those at the mid- i and bottom of the pay [e, whose paychecks buy ,growing disparity is more pronounced in recovering economy. are stagnant and the idle class is shouldering a [er tax burden. Prices for lth care. housing, tuition. :and food have soared. The weahhiest 20 per- of households in 1973 for 44 percent of tl U.S. income, according he Census Bureau (news feb sites). Their share )ed to 50 percent in while everyone else's For the bottom fifth, the re dropped from 4.2 per- to 3.5 percent. and the economy b the list of voter concerns election year. President (news - web sites) touts Btrong economy that is ng. but polls find that erieans have doubts and tk jobs are scarce. John (news - web sites) is rated more on the econo- with Democrats talking of "two Americas." ided between the rich and tyone else. That argument has fit, some private econo- s sas "For those ¢orking in bottom half of the pay [e, they're under an enor- is amount of pressure," 1 Mark Zandi. chief econ- t at Economy.com. New- government data shows that President tax cuts have shifted the overall tax burden to the middle class from the wealthiest Americans. "We're just trying to get ahead." said Debbie Reames, 49, of Raytown. Mo.. whose bank job of 24 years was sent overseas in February. "But it seems like we climb a few rungs and then we fall back again." Reames has a new secre- tarial job. which pays 87.000 a year less than her bank job. and she works catering jobs for extra money. Her husband. Russ, can no longer work after an injury. One son is finishing college and another will start in the fall. So the family budget tightened. That meant fewer cable channels, more meals at home. postponed doctor appointments, missed vaca- tions, delayed credit card payments, all to "keep the wolf away from the door," she said. The U.S. jobs market is soft. sending wages down. Hiring came to a near stand- still last month, with compa- nies adding just 32,000 new jobs overall, stunning econo- mists who had expected seven times as many More than a million jobs have been added back to the 2.6 million lost since Bush took office, but they pay less and offer fewer benefits, such as health insurance. The new jobs are concentrat- ed in health care. food servic- es, and temporary employ- ment firms, all lower-paying industries. Temp agencies alone account for about a fifth of all new jobs. Three in five pay below the national median hourly wage - $13.53, said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist for Wells Fargo. On a weekly basis, the average wage of $.525.84 is at Sbep & t lulldin he following concerned & responsible citizens and businesses support the essages, churches, and their activities. Greenwood Nurs00 "Most complete garden & Landscape center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street Ph. 629-3485 Tracy |wy. 23 Ph. 532-9430 Weatbrook / Walnut Grove Funeral Home 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Marshall : Almti00 Maynard's ,unerm-ome Food Center Westbrook. MN Phone 274-5464 274-5555 Tracy, MS. Westbrook, MS. Phone 629-4510 Sentinel Meadowland Farmers REAL ESTATE FOR SALE wCO=op. Cleme'nts, Sanborn. Storden, Revere. Lucan, Westbrook. Avoca LAMBERTON - MAIN OFFICE 752-7352 Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-222O Walnut Grove, MN. Knakmuhs BETTER INFORMED VOTERS Agency 507-859-2154 Walnut Grove, MN. 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN Your local long term provider since 1961 149 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 the lowest level since October 2001. The income gap is show- ing up in booming sales of luxury items. Porsche Cars North America Inc. says sales are up 17 percent for the year. Strong sales at Neiman Marcus. Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue over- shadow lackluster sales at stores such as Wal-Mart. Sears and Payless Shoes. Real estate agent Lance Anderson. :38. of overland Park. Kan.. expects a record sales year as homeowners upgrade to more expensive homes and commercial clients expand. He recently took his family to Disney World for a two-week Florida vacation. "My clientele, it seems as a whole, has seen positive growth." he said. So his fam- ily including three children, now eat out more often and spend more on clothes. They recently bought two new cars and anticipate buying a larg- er house in the next few years. Economists say wages .... should rise as companies boost hiring. But the grow- ing gap between the haves and have-nots will remain. Technology has eliminat- ed many U.S. jobs. as has global competition, particu- larly from low-wage coun- tries such as China. Highly skilled, educated workers in America will thrive as demand rises, Sohn said, while low-skilled jobs remain vulnerable to outsourcing. "This really has nothing to do with Bush or Kerry, but more to do with the longer- term shift in the structure of the econom'y." Sohn said. Sewer work STORDEN -- Work is progressing in the Storden sanitary sewer installation. The work is being done through a USDA grant. New sewer lines are bing installed and lagoons have been dug south of town. Extension offers food safety certification & renewal courses The U of M Extension Service is offering two cours- es to help food service estab- lishments meet the educa- tional requirement for Certified Food Managers. The initial certification course, called ServSafe®, will be offered on Tuesda3; September 14, 2004 at the Lyon County Government Center in Marshall from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Participants must attend the entire ses- sion to be eligible to take the certification exam, which begins at 5:30 p.m. This 8- hour course includes infor- mation about safe food preparation, handling, sani- tation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is required by August 31. Serve It Up Safely is a 4-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified food managers need 4 hours of continuing education cred- its within 3 years of becom- ing certified. U of M Extension educators and University specialists devel- oped this renewal course that meets these criteria. The Serve It Up Safely course will be held at the Lyon County Government Center on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is due by Sept. 1. Preregistration is required. For a registration brochure or for more infor- mation call 507-337-2819 or 888-241-3261 or contact Connie Schwartau at schwa047@umn.dl. The ServSafe and Serve It Up Safely renewal courses are also available on-line. You can also get more infor- mation about the on-line ServSafe course by contact- ing Connie Schwartau. You can register for the Serve It Up Safely renewal course by going to the Food Safety web site at www.extension. umn.edu/foodsafety. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your subscription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. "School Starts Soon" " Watch for stopped school buses. 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