Elections – The Public Good Index

Percent of population making under $50,000 in 2014: 48 percent.

Percent of those voting making under $50,000: 36 percent.

Percent of population making over $100,000: 22 percent.

Percent of those voting making over $100,000: 30 percent.… Read More

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Work – The Public Good Index

Number of U.S. states that mandate paid maternity leave: 4.

Number of countries that do: 185.

Maximum number of weeks of paid maternity leave in U.S. states: 16.

Number of countries that provide more than 16 weeks of paid maternity leave: 105.… Read More

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Education – The Public Good Index

Pell grants, awarded solely on need, are the largest single source of non-loan assistance to postsecondary education. Two thirds of Pell recipients enroll in public colleges and universities.

Fraction of tuition, fee, room and board expenses in public four-year colleges covered by Pell Grants in 1975: 79 percent.

In 2017: 29 percent.… Read More

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Why Male-Heavy Cities Spend More on Women

Do men spend more money in communities with fewer women? A new study suggests they do.

recently asked 147 men and women to read a fake article about their
campus. One suggested the sex ratio was skewed toward women. The other
suggested there were far more men. The participants reported how much
they would spend on three romantic gestures: a Valentine’s Day
gift, a dinner, and an engagement ring. The results from the graph above
are explained here:

When test
participants believed men outnumbered women in the population, they
expected men to spend more money on the items.
This was true of both
male and female participants — suggesting that when men have more
competition for mates, women become choosier and men attempt to
out-spend any rivals.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Cities.

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Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

This week, the on-street parking meters in Santa Monica, California, have evolved to the next state of sentient existence. Now, whenever a car leaves a spot, the meter will reset itself, even if there’s still time left on the meter. The tiny, measured-in-minutes lottery prize of the urban driver is no more.

Through the use of parking space sensors (which we’ve written about before), Santa Monica’s meters now know when a car leaves a spot and can automatically reset itself to require whoever parks there next to pay the full price of parking. It’s part of the intelligent parking system that the city has been rolling out, which includes the ability to accept coins and credit cards, send text messages when metered time is running out, and compile information to help the city better price its parking to correspond with demand.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Cities.

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