What States Need to Do to Enforce the ACA's Health Insurance Protections  [The Commonwealth Fund]
"So far only one state has passed new legislation on all of the ACA protections designed to go into effect in 2014, while an additional 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed new legislation, or issued a new regulation, on at least one protection. A free 90-minute webinar cosponsored by the Progressive States Network draws on a Commonwealth Fund brief that examines state action on these protections."
The ‘Back to Work’ budget: Analysis of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget for Fiscal Year 2014  [Economic Policy Institute]
"The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has unveiled its fiscal year 2014 (FY2014) budget, titled Back to Work. It builds on recent CPC budget alternatives in prioritizing near-term job creation, financing public investments, strengthening the middle class, raising adequate revenue to meet budgetary needs while restoring fairness to the tax code, protecting social insurance programs, and ensuring fiscal sustainability."
State Efforts to ‘Reclaim’ Our Public Lands  [Center for American Progress]
"Rather than being managed so that all Americans can enjoy them, turning our public lands over to states would result in their management on the whims of governors and state legislatures, who in the West are often quite conservative and tend to ideologically favor limited regulation and private profits. According to one state lands commissioner, these bills would be 'catastrophic' to the public lands that Americans know and love."
Raising New York’s Minimum Wage  [National Employment Law Project]
"This report examines the economic benefits and demographic impact of raising New York’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour with indexing. Our analysis finds that the benefits for New York’s low-wage workers would be significantly greater under the Assembly bill than under other Albany proposals."
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