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Progressive States Network is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the advancement of state policies that deliver on issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.

National Legislative Working Groups

Progressive States Network is building and expanding national state legislative working groups to act as a conduit for educating and equipping state legislators with innovative progressive policies, proactive and effective messaging, and providing opportunities for legislators to engage in cross state exploration of “best practices” within their specific policy area. Working groups will support and advance strong state level legislative campaigns as well as serve as the organizing entities for advancing compelling national messaging and action campaigns related to Tax Fairness, Affordable Health Care, Comprehensive Immigration, Protecting Public Education and Building Economic Security. Working Groups hold the potential for state law makers and allies to take multi-state actions to promote a unified message and to effectively advance a common sense policy agenda.

 

2013 Blueprint for Economic Security

Blueprint for Economic Security

Comprised of over 20 policy options spanning a range of issues, the Blueprint weaves together state policies that have already proven effective, pragmatic, and popular, organizing these proposals under four broad frames that reflect many of the top concerns of American families: building an economy that works, making government work for people, protecting and supporting families, and revitalizing a middle class that continues to be largely left out of the economic recovery.

The specific policies highlighted in the Blueprint were selected with a view toward the challenging political realities faced by progressives and moderates in many states. Many proposals have received bipartisan support in state legislatures, are revenue-neutral, and are exceedingly popular among voters. Several policies provide legislators and advocates with golden opportunities to advance a core message and shift the narrative — even if in a given state they are not likely to be enacted despite overwhelming popular support. Other policies will inevitably be front-and-center in multiple states as attacks from the right continue. And all are supported by Progressive States Network as well as a host of state-based and national groups working to build economic security in the states in 2013.  
View the 2013 Blueprint (PDF)