7 ways to report poverty this week – and story ideas

Another successful year of the Covering Poverty newsletter wraps this week! In fact, I write a report for our generous funders at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and apply for another year of funding soon. Do you have any comments or suggestions for this weekly email during the rest of 2016? Hit “reply” and let me know.
 
News. Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life. The 2016 New Jersey Kids Count report is out, and quality child care options continue to erode. As you may have heard, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled anti-poverty proposals. Here are takes from The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR and Time.
7 resources for data & research. Great ways to talk about the economy, jobs and numbers this week:
  • More adults in the 25-34 range are living in their parents’ homes than during the past 130 years, Pew reports. This is particularly true for minority groups and less likely for college graduates, the analysis shows.
  • Household spending has shifted during the past 30 years, Brookings says. Families are working harder to make ends meet and cover their costs. They’re not able to save much for the future, the report says.
  • Where does your state fall in public welfare spending? Read the latest Census Bureau report about revenues, expenditures and debt, particularly related to Medicaid and unemployment.
  • The Congressional Budget Office released a report about household income and federal taxes in 2013. Check out the distribution and where the different tiers fall with taxes.
  • Plus, check out a macroeconomic analysis of President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget. The proposal would make U.S. output larger during the next decade – mostly by changing immigration laws, the CBO says. It would also reduce deficits.
  • Want to use online data tools to explore local demographics? Child Trends reports on 10 tools you can use, particularly with a focus on Hispanics.
  • Want another resource to localize national data? Child Trends explains how to use the American FactFinder to describe local Hispanic communities.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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