Progressive Federalism

Why States Matter

Conventional wisdom inside the D.C. Beltway holds that on major issues like health care or energy independence, it's fine for state legislators to play with their legislative toys in local sandboxes, but that it's really up to the "grown-ups" in the federal government to fix big problems. In national policy debates, state governments are usually treated as a tiny sideshow to the top billing of national legislation.

Taking the Lead: 2007 State Legislative Successes in Enacting Progressive Policy

As the last state legislatures close their doors for the 2007 session we're releasing the updated version of our 2007 legislative roundup report: Taking the Lead: 2007 State Legislative Successes in Enacting Progressive Policy On issues ranging from health care to clean energy to electoral reform to assisting working families, state leaders have

Progressive States at NCSL in Boston

If you are attending this year's NCSL conference in Boston (Aug. 5-9), we invite you to celebrate this year's many progressive legislative victories with Progressive States Network at a reception on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30pm at the Westin Copley Place.

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Anti-Escalation Follow-up Conference Call

If you missed our Anti-Escalation follow-up conference call you can listen to it as an mp3 here: click to download)

VT: State Hauled to Court While Defending Consumer Rights

The State of Vermont realized that Verizon and AT&T may be violating state consumer protection laws by handing over massive amounts of data to the federal government. Now their investigation into the privacy violations is being held up by a lawsuit filed by the federal government accusing the state of overstepping its bounds. The information that Verizon and AT&T made consumer records available to the federal government was reported widely upon earlier this year.