The breadth of issues addressed by the California Legislature was impressive
as legislative leaders moved aggressively on the environment and clean energy,
education, workplace family issues, and health care. However, because of the
Governor's veto pen and the minority party's ability to block revenue bills
with just one-third of the vote, the extent of the progress the Legislature
made on these issues was far less than it could have been.
Dispatch is devoted to exploring some of the innovative policy ideas of the
student-run think tank,
Roosevelt Institute - many of which can be implemented by state
legislatures and local governments.
Those who follow state immigration policy may have taken note of an interesting phenomenon—the recent momentum behind state level tuition equity proposals. Just this week, Oregon’s Senate passed a Republican-sponsored tuition equity bill which proposes to level the playing field for promising and motivated undocumented students by ensuring that they pay the same in-state tuition rates as their US citizen and legal permanent resident classmates. In states without tuition equity laws, talented undocumented students who are eager to attend state colleges or universities must pay out-of-state tuition rates, which in some states are as much as 350% higher. As a result, many exemplary undocumented high school graduates are forced to abandon their dreams of higher education and a better future for themselves, and their family due to the high cost of tuition.