News in Numbers
The proportion of Republicans who support moderate or strong regulations of gun ownership, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken on May 25, following the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. Seventy percent of respondents said they supported so-called “red flag laws” and 79 percent of people, including 78 percent of Republicans, said they would be more likely to support a candidate who supported passing background checks and red flag laws for all new gun purchases.
The number of high-hazard dams within the National Inventory of Dams where the conditions are unknown, including the status of the Hoover Dam and the Oroville Dam, two of the country's largest. Experts have become concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the dams, because if they were to fail, they could cause life-threatening flooding.
The rate per hour that Hawaii could raise its minimum wage to by 2028, which, if signed by the governor, would become the highest in the nation. Currently, the state’s minimum wage is $10.10 an hour; the legislation would raise the rate in increments over the next several years, starting by increasing it to $12 an hour on Oct. 1. A study found that 42 percent of Hawaii households struggle to make ends meet.
The number of states that have no minimum age for prosecuting children. Florida has the lowest established minimum age for juvenile prosecution at 7 years old; the age was raised a year after a 6-year-old was arrested at her school for kicking and punching staff members while throwing a tantrum in 2019. New Hampshire has the oldest minimum age set at 13 years old.
The number of states that are suing the U.S. Postal Service to stop the purchase of thousands of gas-powered vehicles in an attempt to have the Service electrify its mail delivery fleet; 14 of the states have Democratic governors. Two more separate, but similar, lawsuits were filed, one by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, CleanAirNow KC and Sierra Club and the other by the Natural Resources Defense Council and United Auto Workers in New York. The Postal Service plans to purchase up to 165,000 delivery vehicles over the next decade.
The proportion of students at both four-year and two-year universities who had experienced homelessness in the last year, according to an annual survey by The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University. Across the U.S., students are struggling to find university housing, with 43 percent of students at four-year universities having experienced housing insecurity in 2020, an increase of 8 percent from the year prior.
The number of square miles that a wildfire in southwestern Nebraska had burned as of Sunday evening. The Road 702 Fire is spread over 78 square miles of Red Willow, Furnas and Frontier counties, and has killed one person, injured at least 15 firefighters and destroyed at least six homes.
The number of tons of carbon emissions that Gov. Tom Wolf predicts Pennsylvania will emit by 2030, a reduction of 97 million tons. The state will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multistate consortium that sets a price and declining limits on power plant emissions. The cap-and-trade program requires owners of fossil-fuel power plants with a capacity of 25 or more megawatts must buy a credit for every ton of CO2 they emit.
The proportion of Americans, or more than 137 million people, who live in areas with poor air quality, according to a new report. Only one of the top 25 worst cities with particulate matter pollution was east of the Rocky Mountains and California had 11 of the top 25 polluted cities. Fresno, Calif., had the worst short-term particulate matter pollution and Los Angeles had the worst ozone levels. People of color were almost four times more likely to live in a county with poor air quality compared to white people.
The number of K-12 mathematics textbooks that the Florida education department has rejected, making up 41 percent of the 132 total books submitted for review; 28 of the books were rejected because they “incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including [critical race theory].” Among the rejected titles were 70 percent of math materials for kindergarten through fifth grades, 20 percent of the materials for grades six through eight and 35 percent of materials for grades nine through 12.