Sick Leave, Urban Greening, 2020 Narrative and More

Posted on November 20, 2019

Paid Sick Leave Act: Millions of Americans do not have access to a single paid sick day if they become sick or need time to take care of a sick child or elderly parent. The Paid Sick Leave Act sets a formula for employees to accrue paid sick time which they can use for their own illness or to care for a family member.

What’s 2020 about? Perhaps our children: Any political or policy campaign is about persuading people that you, or your cause, are “on their side.” What’s the narrative that will show persuadable Americans that we’re on their side in 2020? Perhaps our—or more specifically their—children. Read more in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

A series of podcasts from University of Chicago: There are a number of interesting podcasts, mostly about politics, produced by the University of Chicago. The most recent, about “Nationalism and Populism” could hardly be more timely.

38 states have harshly cut and/or withheld TANF money: Between 2015 and 2018, 38 states have held back TANF money, keeping it in state coffers, boosting “reserves” by 41 percent. At the same time, individual payments have dropped and some states pay less than one-fourth in benefits compared to other states, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.

“Urban greening” tactic to turn around declining cities: Many cities that have suffered from industrial closures and population loss are using “urban greening” to repurpose vacant land and transform blighted neighborhoods, according to a special report in U.S. News.

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