11 resources to boost your reporting in February

This is a packed post. Ready to skim through news and these 11 reporting tools? Stick with me. – CC

News. Worlds Apart, the four-part San Antonio Express-News series, shows the concentrated poverty and income divide that could make it one of the nation’s most segregated cities. The cost of raising a child keeps rising. In fact, if the executive order for the immigration ban continues, that could cause stranded children and billions in child care. Chicago’s racial wealth gap is much worse than the U.S. average, a new report says. In food news: Amazon will soon accept food stamps. The USPS could deliver food to the needy. Affordable water could be a thing of the past.


4 data resources. Pew is on a roll this week. Three from them and one from Gallup:
  • Americans’ personal financial assessments are at the highest level since 2007, Gallup says. About 49 percent say they’re financially better off than a year ago, which is higher than the low of 23 percent in 2009. And 66 percent say they’ll be better off this time next year. How does it look in your community?
  • In the midst of the refugee admission crisis, Pew offers up 6 key facts about refugees to the U.S. Important: CA, TX and NY settled a quarter of refugees last year. Interesting: the highest number came from the Democratic Republic of Congo!
  • The world’s Muslim population is more widespread than you might think, Pew adds. See the map and numbers.
  • Also, women may never make up half the U.S. workforce, Pew reports based on labor projections. From 1950-2000, women’s labor force participation jumped rapidly while men’s declined. Now it’s leveling off around 47 percent. Makes sense? What could that mean? Pew has a few thoughts.
3 reports & analyses. Two Brookings reports and a CBO Senate testimony:
  • What’s the fiscal outlook at the beginning of the Trump administration? Today, the Congressional Budget Office is testifying to the Senate about its budget and economic outlook. You can also watch the C-SPAN recording.
  • Based on the CBO budget data, Brookings analyzes the fiscal outlook. Essentially, it remains mostly unchanged from August 2016, but what does that mean?
  • Race gaps in SAT scores highlight inequality and upward mobility issues, Brookings says. What are the differences, particularly on the math section, and what can we do about it? Check the color-coded charts.
3 ACA/health care ideas. Here’s what I’m seeing:
  • If the ACA is repealed or replaced, what’s that mean, exactly? Kaiser gives us details about the major considerations needed. The two-hour video, released yesterday, is packed with 12 experts. Watch it all or skip your way through.
  • How would a repeal affect health care and jobs in your state? The Economic Policy Institute has handy clickable maps for each. The short of it: About 30 million nationwide would lose insurance, and more than 1 million would lose jobs.
  • Also, Trump plans to cut health coverage to pay for tax cuts to millionaires? The Center for American Progress talks Medicaid, taxes and poverty in this analysis.
An upcoming webinar. About affordable housing:
  • A National Housing Conference webinar is coming up on Feb. 21, so still some time away, but I wanted to put it on your radar. It’ll discuss how public housing agencies are trying to close the digital divide, particularly in Ohio and Colorado. Also, what challenges are in store for 2017?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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