Casey Quinlan is an economy reporter for States Newsroom, based in Washington D.C. For the past decade, they have reported on national politics and state politics, LGBTQ rights, abortion access, labor issues, education, Supreme Court news and more for publications including The American Independent, ThinkProgress, New Republic, Rewire News, SCOTUSblog, In These Times and Vox.
States criticized for spending federal relief funds on tax cuts, prisons
By: Casey Quinlan - February 4, 2023
Civil rights groups and think tanks have pointed out that some COVID relief money has gone to build prisons, offset tax cuts, and fund initiatives completely counter to improving public health.
States limiting business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost, study says
By: Casey Quinlan - January 16, 2023
A law restricting business with banks that have policies against fossil fuels and firearms took effect in Texas in 2021.
Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers
By: Casey Quinlan - January 6, 2023
Proponents say two amendments to a new federal spending bill clarify rights for pregnant and nursing workers.
Child poverty rates highest in states that haven’t raised minimum wage
By: Casey Quinlan - December 30, 2022
Anti-poverty advocates say there’s an urgent need for lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage and do more to help struggling families.
Voters embraced affordable housing initiatives. Advocates say Congress should do the same.
By: Casey Quinlan - December 19, 2022
Higher building costs, a shrinking supply of low-cost rental units and more people opting to rent are driving the increase in higher-priced rentals and corresponding decline in low-cost units, one expert says.
Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients
By: Casey Quinlan - December 5, 2022
Medicare recipients who take insulin will be the first to benefit from the drug pricing provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net
By: Casey Quinlan - October 22, 2022
The unemployment of so many Americans with long COVID, a lack of a social safety net for many of them, and a labor market turning in favor of employers could collide to create wider economic problems.
GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds
By: Casey Quinlan - September 20, 2022
GOP officials argue financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making money