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Recent posts by Jon Bailey

Gallup Poll Shows Sharp Drop in the Uninsured Rate

Gallup, the polling and survey organization, recently reported on the nation’s uninsured rate since enrollment in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began. The overall uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014 (after the initial open enrollment period of the ACA) fell to an historical low.

It was the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. (In the third quarter of 2013, just before the health insurance marketplaces opened, the national uninsured rate was the highest ever.)

SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

Our newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:

3 Factors Influence People’s Decision to Move

One of the main arguments offered by those who would cut taxes in ways that savage pubic goods like schools and infrastructure is that people vote with their feet – they migrate to states with low or no state and local taxes.  Turns out this is not true. Not even a little true. 

Recent research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows taxes have little if any effect on Americans’ migration. 

Center Supports Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

We are proud to announce our support for the Nebraskans for Better Wages campaign. It seeks to place a measure on the 2015 ballot to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour (the federal minimum wage) to $9.00 per hour by January 1, 2016.

This is not a problem confined to young people. The average minimum wage worker is 35, and 88% are at least 20 years old.

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