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5: The number of states with no minimum wage requirement 

5: The number of states with no minimum wage requirement

Of the 74 million employees paid an hourly wage in 2011, 3.8 million, or 5.2 percent, were paid the federal minimum or less.

Source: 2014, A Comparison of State Minimum Wages
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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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$2,700: The global GDP threshold where democracies become more accountable and effective

$2,700: The global GDP threshold where democracies become more accountable and effective

A higher per capita income could be related to the quality of a governing body and degree of democracy. 

Source: 2014, Exploring the Cause and Effects of Revenue Decentralization: Does Revenue Decentralization Increase or Reduce Economic Growth?
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75%: The share of scheduled Social Security benefits millennials can expect with no reform

75%: The share of scheduled Social Security benefits millennials can expect with no reform

The trust fund will run dry in the mid-2030s, but even if we take no action young workers will still get most of their benefits.

Source: 2010, The Future of Social Security
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In 10 years, the population of America’s 100 largest metros grew from 182 million to 197 million

In 10 years, the population of America’s 100 largest metros grew from 182 million to 197 million

The 100 largest metropolitan areas grew at a rate of 1.41 percent per year, which is rapid among advanced industrial nations.

Source: 2013, Concentrated Poverty and Regional Equity
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Suggested evidence-based reforms to the ACA would cost
$453 billion to
$559 billion over 10 years

ACA next steps

The cost is much smaller than the estimated savings in national health expenditures relative to projections made before the ACA.

Source: 2015, After King v. Burwell: Next Steps for the Affordable Care Act
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