Recent reports have raised serious concerns about program failures,
secret deportation quotas and the high costs of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS)'s controversial 287(g) program, which trains and
authorizes state and local police departments to enforce federal
Washington became the
fifth state to pass the national popular vote (NPV) compact
when Gov. Gregoire signed the legislation on May 6th.
votes, 23% of the 270 needed to achieve a national popular vote are now
committed to the
compact. Washington joins Maryland,
as members of the compact. This is the first state to pass NPV into law
As legislative sessions come to a close, PSN highlights positive gains, legislative defeats, and unfinished business. This Dispatch will feature state legislative session roundups for Washington, Alaska, Georgia, and Montana.
As this Dispatch will outline, Buy American policies are a first step in promoting an alternative to the trade and deregulation policies that fueled the current economic crisis. Ultimately, we need policies that strengthen local tools for economic growth at home, combined with fair trade policies to raise wage standards abroad as well. Also, as corporate interests increasingly use trade agreements to restrict state authority to protect worker, consumer and environmental interests, states are increasingly reviewing those trade agreements in order to restore states' ability to effectively respond to economic crises and protect the long-term interests of working families.
Given the central role of private contractors in delivering public services, this Dispatch continues our series of Privatization Updates. Today we focus on current privatization debates in the education, prison and mental health sectors -- and what states are doing to increase accountability for contractors.
PSN Profiles is a series of video interviews with key members of our
network from across the country. Through the PSN Profiles series, we
hope to put a face on the multitude of state leaders who work
tirelessly -- often with little reward or recognition on the national
stage -- to lay the groundwork for a lasting American progressive
Each profile consists of of a 5-10 minute interviews with one of our
key legislative allies, partner advocates, and board members. The
interviews range in topic from personal anecdotes to specific policy
proposals and strategic thinking. We hope they will give viewers a
more detailed view of the vibrant and diverse community that is hard at
work building the nation's "fifty progressive movements."