Quick mid-February update: 7 resources for your reporting

News.¬†Left Behind – a poverty series by the Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri – looks at aspects of mobility, crime, education, health care, housing, employment and transportation. It’s fabulous because the stories focus not only on the poor residents of the area, but all of the taxpayers.¬†Here’s a poverty-related generation gap thought: Millennials and Boomers feel like they’re living in two different Americas, and it’s a problem. Poor children face higher rates of asthma and ADHD, a new study says. And there’s more in the Medicaid expansion conversation: low-income parents in Utah and uninsured residents in Louisiana.

7 reporting resources. This week seems slower for poverty-focused data and reports, but these resources may help:
  • Houston fell from No. 1 in job creation in 2012 to last place, Gallup says. That’s likely due to changes in the energy industry (ahem, oil). Also interesting: Salt Lake City is first, and Hartford, Connecticut, is tied with Houston for last. Metro areas such as Atlanta and Nashville landed in the top five, and Las Vegas made the most improvement.
  • Americans are pretty much split on President Trump’s handling of the economy so far, Gallup also reports. About 48 percent approve, and 47 percent disapprove. Right now, the economy is the only area where more Americans approve. More disapprove for his handling of foreign trade, immigration and foreign affairs.
  • When it comes to moving, Americans are at the lowest rate on record. That’s largely because the millennial generation is staying put for now, Pew reports based on Census Bureau data. Check what’s happening with the older generations, too.
  • What’ll happen with the Congressional budget this year? Use this handy calendar of dates and explanation provided by Brookings.
  • Speaking of, the Congressional Budget Office released updated budget infographics in the last week, including ones for the federal budget, mandatory spending, discretionary spending, and revenues.
  • Gains in black homeownership could be history, the Urban Institute writes. We’re seeing numbers that have declined back to levels seen in the 1960s. Read the thoughtful analysis (and see some interesting charts) to understand what’s happening.
  • As we think about politics and policy, Child Trends issued a recommendations for lawmakers to consider regarding teen pregnancy prevention. Where should we scale up programs, and where do we still need to do research? Better yet, how could this apply in your community?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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