The Unequal State of America: A Reuters Series

Redistributing Up

The federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States - especially in the nation's capital.
The Decline of the "Great Equalizer"
Massachusetts, home to America's best schools and best-educated workforce, has seen income inequality soar. Why? The poor are losing an academic arms race with the rich.
The Undeserving Poor
The American welfare state has grown, but so have the ranks of the poor. As the U.S. tries to focus help on those deemed most worthy, millions of adults are getting squeezed.