Economic Security

Florida Senator Bullard To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week

Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard is taking the Minimum Wage Challenge as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. “I can think of no greater matter of importance than someone's ability to work and earn a decent wage," Senator Bullard stated. "Let those who would deny it try to live on it for just a week.


Michigan State Senators Take Minimum Wage Challenge to Highlight Need for Better Pay

As part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, State Senators Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) recently took the minimum wage challenge of trying to buy groceries for an entire week on just $42.

Living On The Minimum Wage In Connecticut As State Makes History

In advance of Connecticut's history-making minimum wage increase and as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America, Connecticut State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield takes the Grocery Challenge.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach: A Minimum Wage Hike Is Long Past Due

What would a minimum wage increase mean for Pennsylvanians? State Sen. Daylin Leach responds to flawed NFIB opinion piece: A Minimum Wage Hike Is Long Past Due.

National Organizations To Broadcast Channels: Cover The High Cost Of Low Wages

Last week, Progressive States Network joined a national coalition letter to the broadcast channels urging them to make their coverage of the minimum wage more informative, particuarly with respect to the high public cost of low wages.  

Map of the Week: Minimum Wage Momentum Across The States

Against the backdrop of the President's call in the State of the Union for raising the federal minimum wage, the states are already pushing ahead. Map: minimum wage momentum across the states.

Map of the Week: Unequal Economic Mobility Across the States

Today, Americans' ability to go from being poor to rich varies with where they live. This map shows a key measure of opportunity in America: economic mobility.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy

More than fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. captivated the nation with his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. His words signaled that the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom would continue, just as his life and work continue to inspire Americans from all walks of life. Today, we celebrate Dr. King's extraordinary legacy and look ahead to the challenges facing us in realizing his vision.

Why Extending The Federal Unemployment Benefits Program Matters To The States

Just a few days after Christmas, 1.3 million unemployed Americans still searching for a job abruptly lost their unemployment benefits because some in Congress refused to extend the program. Through 2014, five million Americans will be cut off from this economic lifeline, with thousands or tens of thousands of people harmed in each state. Here's why extending the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program matters to the states.