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The Right Approach for Michigan's Students

In Michigan, we are seeing a troubling phenomenon that we are seeing across the country today: public schools so starved of funding that students are returning to increasingly crowded classes taught by fewer and fewer teachers, with fewer textbooks and less of everything they need. But rather than investing in our public schools, misguided polices in Michigan and across the states are instead pushing struggling schools further into financial crisis, making them vulnerable to the loss of local control through state takeovers or potential moneymaking opportunities for private investors via for-profit charter schools.

October 5 Day of Action: Marching For Dignity & Respect For Immigrants

The overwhelming majority of Americans support immigration reform with a real deal on citizenship for aspiring citizens. Tomorrow, many of these ordinary Americans across the country will be rallying and marching in the streets to demand that our lawmakers in the Capitol make good on their promise. On October 5, members of the faith, immigrant, labor, and civil rights communities will be calling on Congress to pass meaningful, comprehensive legislation that reflects the dignity and respect that immigrant families in America deserve.

The Bumps In the Road Are Expected -- Take It From These Republican Officials & Leaders

The Health Care Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act are finally open for business -- and the American people are heading in, releasing their pent-up demand for affordable health coverage. We are also seeing media coverage of the minor hiccups in implementation as it continues to move forward, such as the overwhelming demand on some of the marketplace websites. How should we approach these glitches and bumps in the road?

Committed To All Children -- In Pennsylvania & Across The Country

As students headed back to school this fall, state legislators across the country took part in the National Week of Action on Public Education, sponsored by Progressive States. Pennsylvania's lawmakers were among the state leaders who used the National Week of Action to highlight education funding inequities harming Pennsylvania's students and to call for solutions.

Inequality For All, Across The States

As the nation counts down to several looming deadlines, all eyes are on Washington. In the states, elected leaders, policy experts, and businesses alike are closely watching the developments, not just because of the devastating local impacts of a shutdown or the catastrophic chaos of default, which experts fear could send the country back into a recession if not depression. Coming on the heels of news of record high income inequality in the United States, we are facing policy outcomes that will either make it worse or make it less bad -- both within each state and across the states. 

Striking For An Economy That Works For Everyone

Today, state legislators like Arizona Rep. Juan Mendez and State Sen. Steve Gallardo are joining workers, other elected officials, and advocates in strikes and protests across the country. Momentum has been building for months, but heading into Labor Day weekend and coming on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, the timing couldn’t be more fitting. Whether they’re in the fast food industry or retail sales, ordinary workers are still marching on for a voice on the job and a better life for their families. As they carry on the unfinished business of making our economy work for everyone, they’re also demanding the ability to form unions in those industries. The idea is simple: people should be able to join together when going up against corporate executives to negotiate for decent wages and benefits.

Spotlight On Progressive Leaders In The States

“1963 is not an end but a beginning” -Martin Luther King, Jr.  This week, Americans from all walks of life are coming together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As the nation reflects on the vision for America set forth in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream" speech, we are also highlighting state lawmakers speaking out on Dr. King's life and legacy. Here are just a few examples.

 

PSN at NCSL in Atlanta

This week, state legislators from across the nation are converging on Atlanta, Georgia for the annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures - and Progressive States Network will be there as well!

PSN 2013 Economic Security Roundup: Progress on Workers’ Rights as Conservatives Continue Anti-Worker Attacks

State legislatures have seen an onslaught of anti-worker legislation in the past two years, with conservative legislators exploiting economic fears to dismantle collective bargaining rights and impede progress on labor standards. Yet, in statehouses across America this year, progressive leaders remained dedicated to fighting for workers’ rights and continued to advocate for legislation that will ensure greater economic security for all citizens. Here is a look at some of the inspiring victories and continuing challenges faced by state lawmakers who sought to advance policies to ensure economic security for working families in sessions this year:

Raise the Wage: National Day of Action to Raise Up America

Today, state legislators across the country are joining other elected officials, workers, and advocates in a day of action to highlight the need to raise the minimum wage to improve the economy for all.