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Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty

Controversial presidential directive that executive agencies should not interfere in the exercise of political activity by religious organizations by such means as denying tax deductions or objecting to conscience-based opposition to preventive-care mandates.  From the White House

 

H.R.1628: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44785.pdf

The Congressional Budget Office has not yet released a report on the cost or effects of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives on 5/4/17, but an extensive examination of the provisions of the bill has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service.  Contains three tables that offer an overview of all AHCA provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

A Profile of the Working Poor, 2015

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/working-poor/2015/home.htm

Puts the number of “working poor,” those with jobs but earning below the official poverty level, in 2015 at 8.6 million.  Women and minorities were more likely to be among the working poor.  Statistical tables show trends since 2007 and demographic characteristics of the working poor including education attainment, occupation, and labor market problems.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The Nation’s Report Card: Arts Assessment 2016, Grade 8

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education,Headlines,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/arts_2016/

Reports results separately for music and visual arts for eighth graders on the National Assessment of Education Progress exams.  In both areas, score gaps between White and Hispanic students narrowed from 2008 tests.  Female students scored higher in both areas than males.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Debt Burden of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017436.pdf

Provides statistics on the increasing amount of debt owed by those graduating in the U.S. with bachelor’s degrees, but also on the lifetime earnings premium of those obtaining such degrees.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American

Categories: Govt Procurement,Headlines,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/18/presidential-executive-order-buy-american-and-hire-american

Executive order stating that federal agencies should require (or show a preference for) the purchase of goods and materials produced in the U.S.  and should “Hire American” workers by enforcing rigorously the laws governing entry into the U.S.  Also calls for the reforming of H-1B visa program.  From the White House

 

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2016

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2016/home.htm

2.2 million workers had wages at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in 2016 and represented 2.7% of all hourly paid workers.  This report presents highlights and statistical tables  on U.S. workers who earned at or below the federal minimum wage.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/p20-579.pdf

Looks at how the experiences of young adults today differ from those of the 1970s including choosing to go to college, the ability start a family or live independently of parents, and how work experience and education vary across living arrangements.  From the Census Bureau

 

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