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Casey Quinlan

Casey Quinlan

Casey Quinlan is a reporter in Washington DC. In the past 10 years or so, they have reported on national politics and state politics, LGBTQ rights, abortion access, labor issues, education, Supreme Court news and more for publications including The American Independent, ThinkProgress, New Republic, Rewire News, SCOTUSblog, In These Times, and Vox. Some of their stories have included coverage of 2018-2019 teachers strikes, a medication abortion ban in Arkansas, the effects of the pandemic on LGBTQ workers, and the fallout of efforts to remove books with LGBTQ characters from school libraries and community libraries across the country.

When will housing affordability improve? Spoiler alert: It will take some time

By: - February 19, 2024

Here’s what to know about ongoing construction shortages, high interest rates, where housing prices are climbing, and what policymakers could do about it.

As more states add paid family leave, advocates say there’s a need for federal policy

By: - January 16, 2024

When the Minnesota legislature was debating a paid sick leave bill last year, business owners argued that such a law would not allow them to provide as many employee “perks” or be as “adaptive” to employee needs as they say they would be without such a requirement.  But a half dozen witnesses made a case […]

States, Biden administration push efforts to aid renters, keep people housed

By: - January 1, 2024

Maine’s housing authority received $35 million in 2023 — the first time in 54 years it has received a direct appropriation from the state budget — to help build more affordable rental housing for communities that have struggled to keep up with high housing prices. The state’s program provides funding to developers for affordable housing […]

Census Bureau’s proposed changes threaten to undercount people with disabilities, advocates say

By: - December 19, 2023

While some opponents of the change have said that the ACS disability questions needed revising because the survey currently undercounts the number of disabled people, they say they are worried that the new approach is worse.

The US avoided a recession in 2023. What’s the outlook for 2024?

By: - December 17, 2023

Next year is packed with potential shifts in the economy but many economists and investment analysts expect that the country will likely avoid a recession in 2024 even as growth slows in the first half of the year. States Newsroom talked to economists about their expectations for some key metrics as well as their concerns […]

Spending on health care in US rises to $4.5 trillion in 2022; a return to pre-pandemic growth rates

By: and - December 15, 2023

After skyrocketing in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and then tempering almost as dramatically a year later, health care spending in the U.S rose just over 4% in 2022, hitting $4.5 trillion, the federal government announced this week. The annual growth in the nation’s health care spending appears to be returning to pre-pandemic […]

Retailers pare back their seasonal hiring to prepare for ho-hum holidays

By: - November 24, 2023

Economists, as well as retailers, have signaled that they are worried about the effects of the return of student loan payments on the health of the economy.

Local leaders call for auto workers’ gains to spread to EV plants, Southern Black workers

By: - November 6, 2023

More than 60 Black political leaders, many of them city council members and mayors and school board members in Washington D.C. and 20 states, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan, wrote to President Joe Biden asking him to use his political power to push for higher standards in the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry.

Borrowers weigh personal, professional options as student loan payments resume

By: - November 5, 2023

Economists say that hundreds of dollars spent on monthly student loan payments is a loss to the economy and could hurt consumer spending, affect workers’ decisions to stay at their current job or look elsewhere, and delay new home purchases.

Jobs report surprises as employers add 336,000 jobs in September

By: - October 6, 2023

Employers continued their hiring streak in September, surprising economists by boosting jobs for workers in restaurants, health care, and government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report, released  Friday, showed a gain of 336,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8%. The BLS also revised up the jobs added in July and August […]

Women workers could bear economic brunt as federal child care funding ends

By: - September 30, 2023

Parents struggled to pay for child care and child care centers strained to retain workers well before 2020, but the pandemic accelerated many of the industry’s struggles and without the federal money many would have shut their doors. Now some of that money is going away.

Student debt relief scams are on the rise. Here’s what borrowers need to know.

By: - September 29, 2023

Complaints about student debt relief scams are increasing as the date approaches for borrowers to restart payment on their student loans after more than a three-year pause. Consumer protection advocates say that the Biden administration’s student debt relief efforts, the subsequent halting of those policies by the courts, and the restart of student loan payments […]