Only half of 16- to 24-year-olds had a job last year, and youth employment has rebounded in just a handful of states. Is the recession all to blame?
Bloomberg looks at how lawmakers are or seeking to reduce or outright block voter-approved wage hikes, activity that seemingly goes directly against the will of the voters that elected them.
While Washington might hold pay-equity a priority, state lawmakers are eager to it a reality. The flurry of bills this year follows on an active 2016, when 36 states introduced at least one bill and six states passed new regulations making it harder for companies to defend unequal pay and easier for employees to detect it, said Kate Nielson, state policy analyst for the American Association of University Women. She estimates another half dozen states may pass a new rule this year as well.
Fifty-five percent of Americans now support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a major turnaround from five months ago when 42% approved and 53% disapproved. This is the first time a majority of Americans have approved of the healthcare law, also known as Obamacare, since Gallup first asked about it in this format in November 2012.