7 links to give your reporting context this week

News. The connection between poverty and crime is complex. The FCC is slowing broadband subsidies for some low-income areas. In one Connecticut county, close to 30 percent of children live in poor homes. San Francisco made a statement by making City College free for all residents. Two dental bills in Massachusetts could provide more access to underserved patients. And ongoing Medicaid talks continue: Indiana, Ohio and Arizona.

 

3 data resources. Use these numbers and stats this week:
  • Congressional job approval jumped to 28 percent this month from 19 percent in January – the highest jump since 2009, Gallup says. It stems from a surge in Republicans’ approval, which more than doubled to 50 percent.
  • Despite the ongoing refugee resettlement chaos, Americans and Australians are still more positive about cultural diversity than Europeans, Pew reports. More than 56 percent of Americans say that having more races, ethnic groups and nationalities in a country makes it a better place to live, as compared to 49 percent to Australians and 22 percent of Europeans.
  • The top five international trade partners to the U.S. are China, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Germany, the Census Bureau reported. Check the numbers and types of goods traded.
3 reports & analyses. Child poverty and more:
  • What’s the latest with child poverty research? Get an updated from the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, including implications for public policy and the “road ahead.” Plus, an event coming up at the end of the month if you’re in the Sacramento area.
  • Five experts at Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality have recently written think pieces in the poverty arena. Read more about mobility and historically black colleges, California’s poverty rate, neighborhood segregation, the fading American Dream, and EITC/wage stagnation.
  • Unhappiness with the Trump administration mirrors stress from the Great Recession, Brookings reports. Read more about the analysis of well-being, life satisfaction and happiness along political party lines.
Final thoughts. The Poverty & Race Research Action Council always nails it for me. In their latest update, they express a few thoughts about President Donald Trump’s first two weeks:

 

“Like many of you, we have been stunned by the speed and cruelty of the Trump Administration’s initial executive orders and announcements, often made in open defiance of the facts and rule of law. And by design, the consequences of these reactionary decisions will fall most harshly on low income families and people of color.”

 

They’ve drafted an initial agenda for housing-related work for the next two years, and they’re working on one for school integration. They also sent out a joint statement with 12 other national civil rights organizations.

 

Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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