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To Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs, Some States Reconsider Licenses

March 8, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Robert Lewis didn’t think it would be hard to get a job selling insurance. He was a car salesman for decades and sold insurance for a while after graduating from...

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

February 22, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure...

Health Care Adjusts to a More Diverse America

February 13, 2017 This article was a collaboration between Stateline and Politico and was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton.. WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On any given day at the Salud Clinic, Lucrecia Maas might see 22 patients. They come to the...

Expect More Conflict Between Cities and States

January 25, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. With the federal government and most states controlled by conservative Republicans this year, Democrats are looking to Democratic cities and counties to stand up for progressive policy. But they may...

‘Sanctuary Campuses’: Controversy Blown Out of Perspective?

December 17, 2016 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. College students across the country are clamoring for their campuses to be declared “sanctuaries,” where administrators do all they can to protect students and employees from any effort by Republican...

Dedicated to the Mountains, Desperate for Jobs

November 20, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The small green sign outside the employment center in this eastern Kentucky town said “JOB FAIR” and “TODAY!!” Inside, people hunched over applications for coal mining jobs...

Why Does it Take So Long to Hire a Nurse?

November 16, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton as Part II of the Help Wanted: Why Willing Workers Aren't Filling Open Jobs series. HOUSTON — The skyscrapers at the Texas Medical Center are filled with hospital beds. The...

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,...