ECONOMIC MOBILITY | A new study analyzing the factors that impact economic mobility, such as the local job market, family structure, and education, found that job opportunities and marriage are the biggest drivers of upward mobility. (Citylab, 5/16)
The study sheds light on vexing dimensions of spatial inequality in America. Even if we go to schools of equal quality, some of us will have advantages over others based on where we live. In our increasingly spiky, clustered, and concentrated economy, the children of those who live in larger, more dynamic cities and tech hubs will have better access to the job markets, economic opportunities, and partners that propel their long-term economic prospects. Children who grow up in places with less dynamic job markets will have far lower prospects for economic mobility, regardless of the quality of their schools.
LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Maryland becomes 11th state to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth as Gov. Hogan signs bill (Baltimore Sun, 5/15)
– A new study has found that the rates of children aged 5 to 17 that were hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or activity have doubled from 2008 to 2015. (NBC News, 5/16)
– Arlington Tops ‘Fittest City’ Ranking As D.C. Falls To Third (WAMU, 5/15)
TAX REFORM | Bipartisan Bill Would Expand Charitable Deduction to All Taxpayers (Chronicle, 5/15 – Subscription needed)
BUDGET | The DC Council has initially approved a budget that includes tax increases, such as on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, to help fund the city’s commitment to dedicated Metro funding. (WAMU, 5/15)
Here are the weirdest questions staff have been asked at the area’s museums.