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High inflation, rising interest rates, and falling investments in children mean the federal government is projected to spend more on interest payments on the national debt than children by 2024.
What’s Driving Variation in Housing Supply Nationwide?Both the lowest- and the highest-value communities have underproduced housing. Policymakers at all levels can help address the crisis. Washington, DC, Has Glaring Financial Health Inequities. So Do Most American Cities.Amid continued economic uncertainty, local leaders could take steps to better understand their communities’ financial health needs. Shared Autonomous Vehicles Could Improve Transit Access for People with Disabilities If Regulated AppropriatelyIf regulated to ensure accessibility, shared autonomous vehicles could improve mobility for people with disabilities. Mom-and-Pop Landlords Are Raising Rents, Albeit Less Than Market Rates, Leaving Renters with Few Places to TurnAmid rising housing market costs, many mom-and-pop landlords are raising rents, though below the market rate, and deferring repairs, but affected renters have few affordable options left. Four Steps Policymakers Can Take Now to Tackle Food InsecurityWith inflation increasing food costs and pandemic-era safety net supports expiring, food insecurity among families with children is rising, but policymakers can take four short-term policy steps to address it. Amid High Inflation and Rising Interest Rates, the Federal Government Will Soon Spend More on Interest Payments than KidsHigh inflation, rising interest rates, and falling investments in children mean the federal government is projected to spend more on interest payments on the national debt than children by 2024.