Posted inInside Public Integrity

New Public Integrity website puts spotlight on inequality

The Center for Public Integrity has a new website, redesigned to further our mission of using investigative journalism to confront inequality in the U.S., showcase audio storytelling and multimedia in addition to our long-form investigations, and adopt the most up-to-date mobile and accessibility standards. “After nearly a year of thoughtful design and audience engagement work, […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Elaina Di Monaco joins Public Integrity as philanthropy associate

Elaina Di Monaco has joined the staff of the Center for Public Integrity as a philanthropy associate in support of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization’s mission of investigating inequality. Di Monaco is a Tampa native who most recently served as development and engagement manager at WHYY’s Billy Penn local news operation in Philadelphia. They helped […]

Posted inInequality

These books tackled inequality in 2021

Editor’s note: If you purchase any of the books highlighted here using the links we provide, you’ll be supporting independent bookstores and 10% of your purchase price will go to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization focused on inequality. For other titles relevant to our work, check out Public Integrity’s recommendations […]

Posted inDemocracy

New anti-protest laws cast a long shadow on First Amendment rights

This story also appeared in HuffPost and Indian Country Today Tiffany Crutcher was worried.  Oklahoma lawmakers had passed a new measure stiffening penalties for protesters who block roadways and granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit them. The state NAACP, saying the law was passed in response to racial justice demonstrations and could chill the […]

Posted inInequality

How ARPA helps states pay for expanding Medicaid coverage

The American Rescue Plan Act that President Biden signed in March 2021 incentivizes states to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. All states that expand Medicaid receive 90% federal matching funds for the newly eligible adult population. But the Act offers the 12 non-expansion states a five-percentage point increase in their federal matching […]

Posted inInequality

Photo gallery and voices from the Deep South

The legacy of slavery continues to shape life circumstances for Black people in Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Jefferson County, Mississippi. On opposite sides of the Mississippi River, these Deep South communities boast a proud civil rights history. Expanding Medicaid would benefit Mississippi communities like Jefferson as studies show it has in rural Louisiana. These photos […]

Posted inInequality

What Medicaid expansion means and why it matters

Do I qualify for reduced-cost health coverage based on my income? The 2021 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers can determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). FPL also determines eligibility for health insurance subsidies on Healthcare.gov and state marketplaces. Find those numbers here. Did my state expand Medicaid under the […]

Posted inCriminalizing kids

A school district defunded police. But it keeps calling them back in.

The Milwaukee Public Schools canceled its contract with the city police department in June 2020, but the policy change has not stopped staff from summoning officers to schools. In the first two months of the current school year, administrators at Milwaukee high schools called police more than 200 times, ABC affiliate station WISN reported. Some […]

Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

New data tracks polling place locations for 37 states

The Center for Public Integrity is releasing a dataset of polling place locations used in the 2020 general election to help journalists and researchers analyze access to the ballot box and the potential impact of a slew of changes to state election laws.  The new data release, available via Github, includes polling place locations and […]

Posted inHousing in Crisis

HUD got $9 billion to combat COVID-19 impacts. Only a quarter has been spent.

Tucked in the massive pandemic relief act in March 2020 was about $9 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to divvy up between cities and states for housing-related coronavirus fallout. The funds could be used on rental assistance for tenants struggling to pay their landlords, housing homeless people in safe, sanitary […]

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Students wanted police out of schools. The replacements have guns.

In June 2020, amid protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, school districts across the nation began to reexamine their relationships with law enforcement agencies. Denver was among the districts that ended contracts with police and pulled school resource officers off its campuses. Padres & Jôvenes Unidos, a Denver-based […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

The evidence is piling up that pregnant people should get vaccinated

There’s a long list of things pregnant people are taught to avoid: soft cheeses, cat feces, sushi.  So perhaps it’s no surprise so many expectant mothers are wary of a new vaccine: Only 34% of pregnant women are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even as nearly […]

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Indigenous solutions to climate change could inform nationwide policies

Following heavy rainfall earlier this week, Northwest Washington residents rescued neighbors in fishing boats on washed-out roads. Rising flood waters closed most routes to and from the peninsula where the Lummi Nation Reservation is located. Aerial footage of the area showed houses surrounded by several feet of water, like islands in a sea of flood […]

Posted inCheated at Work

This year at USPS: Mail slowdowns, big executive bonuses for DeJoy and others

The U.S. Postal Service paid its top executives more in bonuses and perks last year than at any other point in the past decade, adding up to $370,622 in extra income for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and four of his deputies, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of the agency’s financial disclosures.  DeJoy […]