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2008 Session Roundups: South Carolina

South Carolina's legislative session was marked by a failure to pass major pieces of legislation such as healthcare and payday-lending reforms, the passage of a regressive immigration bill, and significant time spent on small, controversial measures such as posting the ten commandments in public buildings, “I Believe”? license plates, and outlawing pants worn below the hips.  Fixing budget deficits and hiring much needed additional judges were two other important issues that could not get resolved while less consequential legislation was debated.  In the end, lawmakers showed how important those small measures were by overriding vetoes of bills like S 577, which increased penalties for attacking a coach in a sports league.

Session Roundups: ME, MN, MO, OK

Session Roundups: ME, MN, MO, OK

Monday, June 15th, 2008

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2008 Session Roundups: Missouri

Missouri's legislative session was largely a repeat of last year - the best that can be said is that some particularly bad bills failed to pass. Unfortunately, others did.  The state passed a particularly regressive immigration bill, but failed to take action on voter ID legislation.  Beyond those issues the session mostly played out as a

State Session Roundups: CO, IA, CT, and MS

State Session Roundups: CO, IA, CT, and MS

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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The Union Advantage, Costs of War, Errors in E-Verify, Breastfeeding at Work, Tough Job Market, Young Peoples' Views on the Econ

The Union Advantage:  Unionization raises the wages of the typical low-wage worker by 20.6 percent, according to a new report by the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), which includes state-by-state data on gains from unionization for workers in all income brackets.

Costs of War:  Highlighting the costs of the Iraq War, the Center for American Progress has developed an interactive map that shows what each state is suffering in lost investments in jobs, health care and clean energy.  The projected cost of the war for taxpayers in a large state like Texas are $54 billion, but even a state like South Dakota is losing out on over $1 billion.

2008 Session Roundups: Mississippi

While the Mississippi Legislature adjourned its regular session in April after approving a $5 billion budget, lawmakers will be back in the Capitol soon for a special session to address unresolved legislation, including Medicaid funding woes and keeping the Department of Employment Security open.  With a session dominated by attacks on immigrants, multiple attempts to suppress voting, and giveaways to state utility companies, the positive accomplishments of the legislature during the short 2008 legislative session were limited. 

Research Roundup

Reframing the Immigration Debate:  The Rockridge Institute has a new paper, To Respect and Protect: Expanding our Discourse on Immigration, that emphasizes that progressives must change the "frame" on immigration from one of conservative fears to one emphasizing the global interdependence of working families in different countries and how a more progressive immigration policy, including ending the economic exploitation of "economic refugees" (the Rockridge term) will benefit our whole society.

Tough Wage Enforcement Law Approved in Iowa Senate

Tough Wage Enforcement Law Approved in Iowa Senate

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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Stopping Profiteering in "Not-for-Profit" Hospitals

Stopping Profiteering in "Not-for-Profit" Hospitals

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

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Research Roundup

Rising Inequality: In a state-by-state analysis of rising income inequality, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that since the late 1990s, incomes of the bottom fifth of families has declined by 2.5% among the bottom fifth of families, even as the top fifth has seen a 9.1% increase.  In recent years, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Connecticut and Indiana have seen the greatest increases in income inequality.