2017 health insurance & pay gap calculators + U.S. voting characteristics

News. What’s causing income inequality? Maybe these government policies. An Illinois special report finds a link between poverty and test scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics talks about the implications of poverty on doctor’s offices that serve suburban families. A new report says more children in Philadelphia are living in poverty. Four states (Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington) will vote on raising the minimum wage next week. The number of kids in U.S. foster care is on the rise, particularly due to parental substance abuse. Matt Damon’s new film, “Backpack Full of Cash,” talks about education reform. Interesting.
2 calculators to share with readers:
  • Here’s a health insurance marketplace calculator that Kaiser Family Foundation updated for 2017. Your readers may appreciate it. Another cool aspect? At the bottom of the page, you can find 2014, 2015 and 2016 versions of the calculator so you can make comparisons for stories.
  • How about a gender pay gap calculator? The Economic Policy Institute put together this tool based on gender, age, education and annual salary. Play with the numbers and learn more about inequality. Input characteristics of your readers and see where they fall.
3 reporting resources:
  • Speaking of the gender pay gap, what about its cause? Gallup talks about two key factors (hours worked and perception of hours worked). The two-part series talks about what’s at stake and how employers can help.
  • The annual report for the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research is out. Learn more about the funding, staff and research behind the webinars I’ve shared with you this year.
  • The Urban Institute released a report about the Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital. This seems particularly relevant as the 2016 Election approaches next week. Check out home values, net worth and gentrification around the D.C. area.
2 Election resources:
  • Want stats and demographics on the U.S. voting populace as you do election stories during the next week? The Census Bureau has you covered. Look at age, gender, race, Hispanic origin, educational attainment, poverty status and household income by state.
  • This is how Republicans see the GOP as the election approaches, Pew says. Read more about division, core principles and “negative voting.”
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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