U.S. states should improve access to identification cards for homeless youth, particularly those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), argues a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive national think tank.
Homeless youth, who are disproportionately LGBT, can face roadblocks to obtaining state-issued identification, which is necessary to access various programs and services, including those that could help them gain housing and employment, the report says.
CAP's research showed that many states fall short in terms of ID card accessibility for homeless youth.
That's when Illinois women are projected to achieve equal pay in the state, if the current rate of progress in closing the gender wage gap continues, shows a recent report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR).
Of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, women in Illinois -- who currently make 80 cents on average for every dollar earned by men -- have the 25th shortest wait until they will see equal pay.
In other states, women born today probably will not achieve pay equality during their lifetime if current trends continue.
Three states and the District of Columbia have been awarded federal grants totaling $500,000 to study the feasibility of developing and implementing statewide paid family and medical leave programs, the U.S. Labor Department announced Wednesday.