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Why the ‘Skills Gap’ Doesn’t Explain Slow Hiring

November 14, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton as Part I of the Help Wanted: Why Willing Workers Aren't Filling Open Jobs series. LE SUEUR, Minn. — Customers can’t get enough of Cambria’s quartz countertops, and the million-square-foot...

Helping High Schoolers Connect Degrees to Dollars

July 6, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. When Luke Greiner quizzes high school students about Minnesota’s labor market, there’s one question that always stumps them: What college major — and type of degree — leads to the...

States Contend With 'The Underbelly of Real Estate'

June 1, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. To Fredie McKinney, buying the mobile home seemed like a great idea. It was big enough for McKinney, his wife and his elderly mother. The fenced 8-acre property in Harwood,...

What Happens When You Warn Students About Their Loan Debt?

May 19, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. What if lowering student debt was as easy as sending students a letter? Indiana University officials say borrowing by undergraduates at the school has dropped 18 percent since 2012. That’s...

The Student Debt Crisis at State Community Colleges

May 10, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Community colleges charge lower tuition than just about anywhere else. They’re open to everyone. They offer the kind of technical training employers want. And they can serve as an affordable...

What Exactly Is a 'Smart' City?

April 26, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the new streetcars that will start running in Kansas City next week, there’s a decal that says “KC is a smart city.” As the streetcars...

States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them

April 13, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Steve Howard, the head of Vermont’s state employees union, says that temporary jobs are among the fastest-growing in state government. But Vermont’s Human Resources Department wasn’t sure. Many states don’t...

Enlisting Public Libraries to Help Fight Homelessness

April 5, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. WASHINGTON — Every weekday morning, people line up outside the central library in the nation’s capital and wait for it to open. Last Monday, about two dozen people, some carrying...

Why Marijuana Businesses Still Can’t Get Bank Accounts

March 22, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. DENVER — Tim Cullen’s marijuana business brought in millions of dollars last year, but he’s had a hard time finding a bank to take the money. He’s cycled through 14...

Why Taxing the Wealthy Can Be Trouble for States

March 8, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. This story has been updated; Connecticut state Rep. Vincent Candelora is a supporter of the rainy day fund legislation. As the gap between the rich and the poor widens, states...

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