The Fading American Dream + Trump’s paid leave platform + ACA pre-existing conditions data

News. New Census Bureau data highlights the differences between rural and urban living. And in many cities, poverty is growing in the suburbs. Another study shows extremely low-income families face broken affordable housing, especially in DC. Education tech companies could help many students by looking at issues in overlooked communities. College campuses are facing a renewed hunger problem. And a look at the bigger picture: The economy is bigger, but many of us have a smaller slice of that pie.
3 reporting resources:
  • The GOP gained ground in middle-class communities in 2016, Pew says. That’s no surprise, but take a look at the numbers. Pew tracks changes between 2008 and 2016 in dozens of specific communities, including several in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.
  • Cash transfers could play a major role in welfare programs, the World Bank reports. The nuances among numbers with HIV prevalence, teen pregnancy, early marriage, health, educational attainment and empowerment is quite interesting. How could this apply to your community?
  • The Census Bureau released annual numbers about state and local government finances. Find state, local and state/local numbers for revenues, expenditures, debt and cash and security holdings.
4 reports & ideas:
  • Is the American Dream fading? Researchers at Stanford, Harvard and UC-Berkeley look at income mobility since 1940 and find most of us aren’t doing as well as our parents. This has hit the middle class the most during the past few decades.
  • Paid leave could help the working class significantly, Brookings says. Did you know Trump proposed six weeks of paid leave for mothers during his campaign? That’s the first time a Republican presidential candidate has included paid leave in his platform. Brookings explains what that could mean – and what they propose in addition.
  • How can the U.S. reduce the deficit? The Congressional Budget Office proposes suggestions for 2017-2026. Count ’em: 115 options!
  • What are many of us worried about with Affordable Care Act changes? Pre-existing conditions. Kaiser gives numbers for patients per state with pre-existing conditions, as well as what that means for medical underwriting.
Final thoughts. Racing toward the end of 2016? Me too. If you get some down time, think about your reporting this year and what you want to discuss next year. How can I play a part in that? What resources do you want me to find for you in 2017? Hit “reply” and let me know.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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