In a year that saw numerous anti-immigrant measures fail in the states and on the heels of the historic recall of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, this webinar will focus on common-sense immigration policies that expand opportunity for all residents, both immigrant and native-born - including policies featured in the Blueprint. We'll take stock of victories in 2011 against anti-immigrant legislation and highlight the considerable momentum behind policies like tuition equity as we chart a course for a pro-immigrant agenda in 2012.
Co-hosted by the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, we were joined on this webinar by Dr. Bob Crittenden of the Herndon Alliance, a leading national expert on messaging health reform and the Affordable Care Act. He highlighted key messages to use when discussing complex and controversial issues like implementing state exchanges or protecting from cuts to Medicaid and strategies for effectively engaging target audiences and speaking to your colleagues about legislation.
With record numbers of Americans experiencing long-term unemployment, “Buy American” standards in state contracting – which require U.S.-made goods and materials to be used in government procurement and infrastructure projects – are an easy, effective way to create jobs and breathe new life into the manufacturing industry. Combined with their popularity with the public, 2012 is poised to be a banner year for this issue. Scott Paul, Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Alliance, will discuss public opinion research, model legislation, and the other tools that can help legislators and advocates advance “Buy American” provisions in their states.
On this webinar, Progressive States Network will provide an introductory overview of the Blueprint, a document which includes more than 20 state policy options spanning a range of issues. The Blueprint aims to support state legislators in promoting a proactive, multi-state progressive economic message in 2012 around policies that grow jobs, ensure state economies remain strong, protect families, and support the middle class.
This session, several state lawmakers have championed bills to create partnership or state banks similar to the 92-year-old Bank of North Dakota (BND), and others are looking to form commissions to study the impact these banks could have on their state's economy. This webinar focuses on legislative strategy, successes and lessons learned this past session, with a look ahead to campaigns for state banks in 2012.
On Tuesday, March 29th Progressive States Network hosted a conference call on the importance of accountability
in protecting taxpayers, promoting the public interest, and encouraging