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Companies drop health care benefitsThe percentage of private companies offering health-care coverage to employees has dropped steadily since 2000, and in 2011, only 52 percent of private-sector workers had health coverage through their employers. The average premium for a single employee doubled during that time.Bloomberg.com

Gun legislation since NewtownSince the Newtown shootings, five states have passed seven laws strengthening gun control. Ten have passed 17 laws extending gun rights, including laws that authorize guns in churches, teachers to be armed, and employees to bring guns to workplaces as long as they store them in their cars.The New York Times

The draw of lottery ticketsAmericans spent $50.4 billion on state lottery tickets and video kiosks in 2009. Households with take-home incomes of less than $13,000 spent on average $645 a year on lottery tickets—about 9 percent of their income. Eleven states raise more from lotteries than from corporate taxes.Salon.com

The Department of Homeland Security's new homeThe massive new headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, scheduled to be completed in 2023, will cost $3.9 billion and house 17,000 employees. Bloomberg Businessweek

More work to do on Dodd-FrankSince the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act for financial reform, the nation’s 20 largest banks have met 1,298 times with federal officials to debate the 400 rules needed to implement the law. Two thirds of those rules are still being worked on.Washington Monthly

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