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40 Largest U.S. Cities Get a Health Rating

“Healthy city living is about more than eliminating food deserts and boosting access to healthcare. It also means the ability to safely ride your bike down the street, breathe clean air and not have to choose between paying the rent or buying dinner. A two-year analysis from Maryland-based de Beaumont Foundation’s CityHealth project sized up the 40 largest U.S. cities by all of these factors and more, and found that more than half aren’t taking the necessary steps to improve the health and well-being of their residents. The study looked at how cities fare across nine policies that help residents live healthier lives, and awarded them bronze, silver or gold medals — or no medal at all — in each of the nine categories, and then gave them a final medal based on those results.

The nine policies assessed:

  • Paid sick days
  • Universal, high-quality pre-K
  • Affordable housing and inclusionary zoning
  • Complete streets
  • Alcohol sales zoning
  • Clean, smoke-free indoor air
  • Raising the minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products to 21
  • Food safety and restaurant inspection ratings
  • Access to healthy food

Only five cities received an overall gold medal: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C. All five of the gold medal cities have paid sick leave and Vision Zero initiatives, and New York, Boston and Chicago are also part of a network working to bring universal pre-K to more cities around the country.”

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

National Academies Press: “More than 40 million people living in the United States were born in other countries, and almost an equal number have at least one foreign-born parent. Together, the first generation (foreign-born) and second generation (children of the foreign-born) comprise almost one in four Americans. It comes as little surprise, then, that many… Continue Reading

Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the U.S.

Understanding the Economic Impact of the H-1B Program on the U.S. – John Bound, Gaurav Khanna, Nicolas Morales – NBER Working Paper No. 23153. Issued in February 2017. “Over the 1990s, the share of foreigners entering the US high-skill workforce grew rapidly. This migration potentially had a significant effect on US workers, consumers and firms.… Continue Reading

Just HOW EARLY is spring arriving in your neighborhood? Find out

USGS: “Get your flip-flops and shorts out because spring is arriving very early this year . . . at least 2-3 weeks early across almost the entire Southeast, from San Antonio to Atlanta to Washington, D.C.  This unusually early spring is likely to keep rolling north, already bringing surprising signs of spring to portions of the central Midwest… Continue Reading

10 questions and answers about America’s “Big Government”

Via Brookings – commentary by John DiIulio of the University of Pennsylvania, who ran George W. Bush’s first faith-based office: “The ongoing debate over the Trump administration’s plan to freeze federal hiring has thus far involved arguments and “alternative facts” from those on both sides of the question. This obscures certain hard truths about America’s… Continue Reading

These are the industries attracting the most venture capital

World Economic Forum – “In terms of global venture capital investment, the United States is leading the way-with an estimated $58.8 billion invested across the country in 2015. The chart below shows the top 10 industries that are attracting the most venture capital investment..” Continue Reading

The world as 100 people, glimpsed over 200 years of history

World Economic Forum: “Max Roser, the Oxford economist behind Our World In Data, has devoted his career to spreading a statistically informed view of global development. Chart how things have actually changed over history, he says, and you’ll see that we’ve come a long way. Roser recently released a commentary on the last two centuries.… Continue Reading

Disruptive and investigatory powers: HM government transparency report

HM government transparency report 2017: disruptive and investigatory powers Ref: ISBN 9781474140942 Cm9420 PDF 1.2MB, 110 pages, “Information on the use, regulation and oversight of a wide range of disruptive and investigatory powers. Annual transparency report on the work of our intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies. This report covers: the range of powers used to… Continue Reading

WaPo – Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far

“The Post and Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tracking more than 500 key executive branch nominations through the confirmation process. These positions include Cabinet secretaries, deputy and assistant secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsel, heads of agencies, ambassadors and other critical leadership positions. These are among the roughly 1,200 positions that require… Continue Reading

2017 Index of Global Economic Freedom

“For much of human history, most individuals have lacked economic freedom and opportunity, condemning them to poverty and deprivation. Today, we live in the most prosperous time in human history. Poverty, sicknesses, and ignorance are receding throughout the world, due in large part to the advance of economic freedom. In 2017, the principles of economic… Continue Reading

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

Economic Policy Institute: “Across the country, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed—more than doubling the number of people without health insurance. And 1.2 million jobs would be lost—not just in health care but across the board…” Continue Reading

ResearchGate – Study of fracking in four states uncovers over 6,600 spills

Study of fracking in four states uncovers over 6,600 spills by Katherine Lindemann – “Many spills could be prevented if states released standardized data. A new study investigating spills from hydraulically fractured oil and gas uncovered 6,648 spills in just four states over a ten-year period. Part of the SNAP Partnership, the study examined data… Continue Reading