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Broadband – high-speed Internet – has redefined the way we work, communicate, and unite; it has also become a galvanizing political tool, with the proven potential to unite progressives across the nation. Combined with investments in local technology and in digital inclusion programs that are needed to prepare today’s workers, states can incorporate technological advancement as a key part of a progressive economic growth agenda.

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This policy guide presents a series of state strategies to advance workers rights that have strong public support and present good opportunities to reframe the debates over workers’ rights and the economy as values issues, including: Paid Sick Days, Wage Law Enforcement, and Restoring the Minimum Wage.

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This policy guide presents a series of election and governance reforms that are essential to both invigorating our democracy and achieving other progressive goals, including: Reducing the Influence of Money on our Democracy, Growing the Electorate, Making Every Vote Count and Resisting Vote Suppression by the Right-Wing

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Although the recession may have technically subsided at the national level, states are still reeling from historic budget shortfalls, stubbornly high unemployment, and significant revenue declines and will continue to face fiscal challenges in the upcoming year. The lingering effects of the downturn have forced state lawmakers to consider extreme fiscal measures to confront budgetary constraints. What’s more, states have already utilized a substantial portion of the federal funds available for state fiscal relief through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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The fundamental challenge in this recession is that the growth that preceded it was a mirage. Bubble era borrowing created a network of financial jobs, real estate jobs and construction jobs that collapsed with the end of the bubble. Many of those jobs will never return.

An extremely high proportion (75%) of job losses in this recession are permanent rather than temporary. States will need to nurture completely new industry sectors and the infrastructure to support those jobs, while the jobless will need retraining in new skills to participate in those sectors.

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While building a green economy is often discussed as a distinct goal from investing in broadband or overcoming the growing digital divide in our society, new communication technologies are actually a critical part of making our energy-hungry economy more sustainable and energy-efficient.

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Despite much media hype, the supposed wave of anti-immigrant politics has amounted to a few punitive laws in a handful of states, even as most states have quietly been moving forward with positive, integrative approaches to new immigrants in their communities.

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Download a PDF copy of "Clean and Fair Elections: Policy Options for 2009" here. View the HTML version of the report here.