Category: Advocacy

Economic Update

The U.S. economy is going strong. The May employment report marked the 14th straight month that more jobs were created than economists expected. Incredible. The U.S. economy has created more than 4 million new jobs in the past 12 months. GDP continues to grow, and is up more than 5% from its pre-pandemic peak, even after


Residents at Risk

Senator Bob Casey led the Senate Special Committee on Aging to issue a new report, “Uninspected and Neglected: Nursing Home Agencies are Severely Understaffed, Putting Residents at Risk.”  The lack of oversight is terrible for vulnerable adults in nursing homes. The report details a staffing crisis at state survey agencies. This directly impacts the health,

Taxes and Spending

Discretionary spending has fallen more than 40% in the past 50 years as a percentage of gross domestic product, from 11% to 6.3%. The rising deficits are the result of tax breaks for billionaires and corporate interests under George W. Bush and Donald Trump. Those tax cuts alone added $10 trillion to the debt by

Cannabis v. Opioids

The American Medical Association (AMA) published a study on medical marijuana. Cannabis provides “significant improvements” in the quality of life for people with cancer, chronic pain and insomnia. Cannabis appeared to increase wellbeing indicators. Additionally, the beneficial effects remain over time. The common conditions treated include are non-cancer chronic pain, cancer-related pain, insomnia and anxiety.


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