A recent Urban Institute survey found that compared with adults whose family employment was unaffected by the pandemic, families who lost jobs during the pandemic were twice as likely to report food insecurity, and nearly three times as likely to report problems paying utility bills, and nearly four times as likely to report problems paying rent or mortgage.
"The need for rental assistance and a massive influx of cash to deal with this is really, really great," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. "The question now is what will happen [after] June."
"The very fact that six out of eight victims are Asian women definitely makes the violence racialized and gendered," says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. "And given that 70 percent of all international students in the United States are from Asia, I think that would definitely make them very, very afraid."
"It's not been surprising, on one hand, that states have not prioritized this group, because that's historically been the case," says Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology. "It's been disappointing, because the evidence was there pre-pandemic and the evidence is there now that this group is at higher risk."
"Taking out the politics, planning a tax bill that would help reduce inequality, make the system work better, raise revenue to slow the rate of growth of the debt, all of those things would make a whole lot of sense," says Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. "But the question is just timing, and it’s always a bad time for a tax increase because it’s hard to get your base excited about raising taxes."