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 […]