Election focus: Economy, health care and education angles + tax data

News. Poverty may be down – in the way a roller coaster goes down for awhile. Is the income gap narrowing? Minnesota advocates hope to help the state’s “unrentables” to overcome their pasts. A few D.C. Metro stops make a big difference in lifespan and health outcomes. (Check out the cool map.) The Labor Department wants to fight crime with job training. And a new MacArther Genius talks about the financially “invisible” and what to do.
5 updates this week: We’re all jumping on the post-debate angles today, right? Here are a few that may be relevant for story ideas –
  • Voters side with Donald Trump on the economy but with Hillary Clinton on education and foreign affairs, Gallup says. Check the advantage on issues such as climate change, health care, trade, gun policy and terrorism.
  • Want a snapshot of where the two candidates stand on seven health care issues? Kaiser gives us a user-friendly look at their views on health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drugs, reproductive health, the opioid epidemic and the Zika virus.
  • Brookings gives a straight debate analysis, noting that Clinton must go after the heart of Trump’s candidacy – that brilliant businessman = brilliant president.
  • The Poverty & Race Research Action Council notes that housing mobility may be on Clinton’s agenda. Read more about a briefing she received, as well as a hearing before the House that focused on the administration’s 2017 budget and a proposal to support new housing mobility programs.
  • For a broader angle, you can check out Pew’s analysis of how Republicans and Democrats differ on their views of major institutions. Look at the percentages for religious organizations, large corporations, banks and financial institutions, national news media, labor unions, and colleges and universities.
Final thoughts. Want tax data? Don’t we all? The Census Bureau released the 2015 survey of state government tax collections yesterday. Revenue increased nearly 5 percent, which is the fifth consecutive increase. Income taxes drove most of that growth. What does that mean in your area?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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