Gov. Hochul selects NYU Wagner Dean Sherry Glied as Chair of the Commission on the Future of Health Care
Maria Ponce Sevilla
EXPLORING MIDWESTERN LABOR LAWS AND HOUSING POLICY DURING THE GREAT RECOVERY
Six states passed Right-to-Work (RTW) statutes between 2001 and 2017 that made it illegal for employers to require their workers to pay union dues. The team theorized that the loss of union benefits such as regular wage increases, health insurance, and job protection may have impacted workers’ ability to pay rent. Since rent nonpayment is the leading cause of eviction filings, the passage of RTW statutes would be associated with an increased rate of filings. The team developed a difference-in-difference statistical model to determine if eviction filing rates changed after the passage of 21st century RTW laws. The model uses two-way fixed effects to control for location stability and time variation. The team found that RTW implementation does not have a significant impact on eviction rates in four of the states that implemented RTW in the 21st century, concluding that RTW statutes do not impact unionization rates enough to significantly alter eviction filing rates.
STRATEGIC OUTREACH PLAN TO PROMOTE A VOTING TOOL FOR RETURNING CITIZENS
Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a national, nonprofit, and non-partisan organization that connects the hip hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. HHC’s Respect My Vote! Campaign empowers first time voters to cast their ballots, educates people with felony records on their voting rights, fights back against voter suppression, and advocates for the voting rights of various communities. To expand its efforts, HHC launched the Respect My Vote! Tool to help returning citizens—people with a felony or misdemeanor conviction—determine if they are eligible to vote. As part of its Respect My Vote! Campaign, HHC engaged a Capstone team to inform updates for the tool in three target states: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Virginia. The team researched legislation on voter eligibility requirements, gathered data on areas with the most returning citizens, and identified potential partners to help promote the Respect My Vote! Tool in the target states. Building on its findings, the team delivered a strategic outreach plan that incorporates recommendations to promote HHC’s Respect My Vote! Tool.