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National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America

States Committed for the Nation Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America



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During the National Week of Action, legislators across the states will be participating in events and activities that lift up a shared progressive vision for economic security in America. In that vision for our country, more families are joining a thriving middle class than falling out of it -- powering the engine of America's economic growth and national prosperity in the process.

A number of states are making progress on these fronts, such as increasing their respective minimum wage levels and enacting paid leave policies. At the same time, the reality is that too many working families across America are still barely staying afloat or losing ground. The stakes are real. These are among the ways state lawmakers are answering the call and leading the path forward, including their work during the National Week of Action starting on April 7th.

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Today, as part of the National Week of Action, 12 state legislators are participating in a Blog Carnival sponsored by MomsRising. State legislators from across the country are blogging about economic security issues important to America's working. From Arizona to Massachusetts, state legislators are taking action on the need to guarantee paid family leave and earned sick days, as well as raise the minimum wage.

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State Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) today announced that she will take the minimum wage challenge and shop for a week’s worth of groceries while only spending $42. The Economic Policy Institute’s family budget calculator factors in rent and other expenses a minimum wage worker encounters to arrive at the $42 a week grocery budget. Tlaib will take her $42 and shop for groceries on Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Lafayette Foods, 1565 E. Lafayette St. in Detroit.

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Today, in honor of Equal Pay Day, DC Councilmembers Kenyan R. McDuffie and Mary Cheh co-introduced legislation designed to close the pay gap between men and women. The “Wage Transparency Amendment Act of 2014” prohibits District employers from retaliating against workers who discuss their compensation and to collect data on compensation by gender and race. This bill closely tracks the Equal Pay executive orders that President Obama announced he will be signing today to create similar requirements for federal government contractors.

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