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Report: States Fail to Make the Grade on Economic Security

Economic Security State Rankings

From tax policies to public education funding to sick leave, health care, and housing, state policies can play a huge role in ensuring the economic security of families. Yet right now, none of the fifty states are making the grade. That's the conclusion of a new national scorecard from Wider Opportunities for Women, which looked at 85 different policies across all 50 states and sees much room for improvement on economic security policies. According to their analysis, Washington state leads the nation with a grade of B-, while Utah, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama bring up the rear with D's. Read the full report here, and see how your state scored. Here's a quick look at how some states might look to improve both their rankings, and the economic security of their residents:

Kansas and Missouri, with grades of C and C- respectively, could both benefit from enacting policies to protect job quality. [Kansas City Star]

A new study shows that providing paid sick days to Oregon workers would save employers nearly $11 million a year, while also increasing their economic security score. [Portland Business Journal]

In Massachusetts, increasing the minimum wage and providing paid sick days -- both still under consideration this session -- could also benefit families. [WWLP]

A map of all 50 states and their scores. [ThinkProgress]
 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from May 31, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)