In his address before a joint session of Congress on Thursday evening, President Obama laid out a $447 billion package of policies intended to spur desperately needed job creation. A breakdown of the American Jobs Act shows a mix of proposals including targeted tax cuts and spending that have been supported on a bipartisan basis in the past, and which altogether are estimated to increase employment by up to 4.3 million jobs over the next two years. States are set to be key players in many of the efforts outlined in the plan. In addition to providing desperately needed direct aid in the amount of $35 billion to states and local governments still struggling with historic revenue shortfalls (funding that is predicted to add 135,000 public and private sector jobs in 2012) as well as $30 billion in funding to modernize schools and $49 billion to continue extended unemployment benefits, other policies in the American Jobs Act echo innovations that have already been enacted with widespread support in states across the nation.
On March 8, 2011, Tim Judson, Progressive States Network's Workers' Rights Policy Specialist, testified at the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on the the national assault on worker's rights. The full testimony is available here.
On March 8, 2011, Tim Judson, Workers' Rights Policy Specialist for
Progressive States Network, joined workers from Wisconsin, Ohio, and
Indiana and experts from around the nation in testifying at a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing
state-by-state assault on workers and the middle class, calling the
attacks "a full-scale campaign to dismantle the very foundations of
America’s social and moral progress over the last century," and
highlighting the responsible, progressive alternatives being advanced in
the states that aim to "shore up working families, get people back to
work, and sustain vital public services and infrastructure".
On February 25, 2011, a bipartisan group of over 270 state legislators representing 44 states voicing their solidarity with the “Wisconsin Fourteen” state senators and urging them to stand firm in their fight.
On Tuesday, February 15th, the Progressive States Network hosted a
conference call on progressive policy solutions and messaging resources
aimed at providing job security and boosting local economies as part of
our 2011 Blueprint for Economic Security.