On Tuesday, President Obama reiterated his hope for comprehensive immigration reform in a speech delivered in El Paso, Texas. Yet while federal reform remains stalled, many states have continued to push forward with advancing common sense approaches to immigration policy. In just the last few days alone, there has been a flurry of positive activity as states reject the destructive politics of scapegoating and division exemplified by Arizona’s SB1070 in favor of pragmatic solutions that will grow their economies and keep their communities safe.
Legislation to end the practice of prison-based gerrymandering in New York, included within the 2011 state budget, passed both the Senate and Assembly last week. Once Gov. Patterson approves the budget package, the bill will go into effect in time for next year's redistricting efforts.
National health care reform
is expected to save Maryland $829 million over the next decade and
provide coverage to nearly 350,000 people — reducing the number of
uninsured in the state by half, according to a report released by state
Special Report: Delaware Drinking Water at Risk:
What you haven't been told about chemicals polluting the aquifer that serves Del., Md., N.J.
Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in
northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies
drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New
Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to
that would adjust US Census data to count incarcerated people as
residents of their home addresses for redistricting purposes. It is
currently waiting for Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.
A crime wave has been sweeping Illinois, with surveys of low-wage workers in the Chicago area showing an average of 146,300 cases of wage theft each week -- resulting in about $7.3 million each week in unpaid wages, or $380 million stolen from workers each year. In order to crack down on this criminal wage theft, the Illinois General Assembly on May 3 nearly unanimously (56-0 in the Senate and 112-1 in the House) passed SB 3568, which will strengthen the state’s ability to enforce violations of the Wage Payment and Collection Act.
In spite of the recession, the Maryland Legislature maintained a
balanced budget of $32 billion for fiscal year 2011. During its 90-day
session, the Maryland government focused on funding vital issues such as
education as well as ensuring that more Marylanders gain access to
health care. As significant as these accomplishments are, several good
not pass the legislative threshold because of time wasted on less