News You Might Have Missed:
How Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs could affect state economies:“The Trump administration’s trade policy took another abrupt turn last week with a spontaneous announcement to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. The tariff declarations represent the latest in a line of aggressive trade policy changes, beginning with the removal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the renegotiation of NAFTA.
In a country as large and economically diverse as the United States, these macro policy shocks have local consequences and, once again, America’s local and state economic officials are asking how this latest trade policy shift will influence their own economies.” [Brookings Institution, 3/6/18]
Lowest Ever Black Jobless Rate Is Still Twice That of Whites: “A tight labor market alone can’t undo a legacy of unequal school funding, residential segregation or the disproportionate rate of incarceration for black Americans. Nor can it reverse the gradual shift of well-paying jobs from inner cities to mostly white suburbs. Studies have found that discrimination in hiring and pay persists even in good economic times, making parity an elusive goal.” [New York Times, 2/23/18]
Oklahoma Teachers Consider Strike: “Every day, there is an opportunity to set aside differences, to put forward something that could earn and garner that 75 percent. We are certainly going to be seeing the effect of, I think, outrage by the public if this does not get solved. But there’s great support in the state. I think that there is mixed feelings about, how do we advocate to accomplish this with legislators? And many teachers have their heart in the classroom. And they don’t want to leave. Others are fed up and feel they have no other option but to show up themselves at the Capitol.” [NPR, 3/10/18]
News from the Center:
Study on Hispanic Voting Habits: [Brent McGoldrick and Chris Wilson, 3/1/18]
The Generation Gap in American Politics: “From immigration and race to foreign policy and the scope of government, two younger generations, Millennials and Gen Xers, stand apart from the two older cohorts, Baby Boomers and Silents. And on many issues, Millennials continue to have a distinct – and increasingly liberal – outlook.
These differences are reflected in generations’ political preferences. First-year job approval ratings for Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, differ markedly across generations. By contrast, there were only slight differences in views of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton during their respective first years in office.” [Pew Research Center, 3/1/18]