Financial insecurity & the election + the religion-income correlation + welfare reform anniversary

News. For your 2016 Election fix: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have sharp differences in their views on education. Clinton has proposed child tax credit expansions. Payday lending could see a crackdown. New data shows that Latinos suffer disproportionately from hunger and poverty. Many Native American colleges have abandoned the student loan system as high numbers of graduates default on their loans. And here are nine design projects that could tackle America’s poverty crisis.
5 resources this week:
  • Financial insecurity is higher for those who favor Donald Trump, Gallup says, which could point trends in his popularity. The insecurity gap persists even after controlling for income, education, occupation and other economic measures.
  • The correlation between education and income is well-known, but what about income and religion? It exists, Pew says. Jewish, Hindu, Episcopal and Presbyterian members — as well as atheists and agnostics — have a higher household income on average. Those in the richest religious groups also tend to be better educated.
  • Did you miss coverage from the 20th anniversary of welfare reform? You can catch up on some great videos from Stanford and Brookings about child well-being, marriage and families, and work and poverty.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services released its response Tuesday about the recommendations in the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities report. The department agrees that intervention should happen early when possible and outlines improvements to federal policies and programs. Check out the appendix chart that responds to each of the commission’s recommendations.
  • Predatory debt and payday loans continue to threaten vulnerable families, says the Center for American Progress. The piece presents updated numbers, gives good context for stories and proposes a federal rule that would rein in predatory lending.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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