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VOTING DURING THE PANDEMIC

September 29, 2020 in , ,

COVID-19 has posed incredible barriers to equitable voter participation and election administration. To meet these challenges, states must ensure that voting and registration systems are safe, resilient, and flexible; that election administrators are supported; and that voters understand how to participate and have confidence their votes will count. Lessons from the Pandemic Primaries This year’s […]

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Legislators can protect workers’ rights, safety by partnering with Attorneys General, according to new EPI report

September 9, 2020 in , ,

The fight for worker’s rights rages on through the pandemic. Everyone deserves a safe workplace, yet the average American worker currently finds themselves in a troubling situation: risk their health or go to work. Millions of Americans are relying on elected officials to enact policies that will protect their rights and ensure their safety. Fortunately, […]

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New Poll Shows GA Voters’ Deep Concern About Pandemic Impact on Elections and Economy

August 20, 2020 in , ,

Strong support for bold policy solutions to help working families, businesses, and ensure the safety and accessibility of elections The coronavirus surfaces as the top issue priority for Georgia voters and this concern cuts across partisan lines.  A recent poll conducted by TargetSmart and commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Georgians have deep […]

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New Poll Shows Coronavirus Pandemic is the Main Issue on Texans’ Minds

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Strong support for bold policy solutions to help working families and ensure safe and accessible elections A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart shows that Texans hold deep concerns about the risk COVID-19 poses to their health, the impact on the economy and the election and they support […]

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COVID Resources: Reproductive Health Care

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COVID-19 poses specific threats to reproductive health care access and needs; further, some states have taken advantage of the crisis to play politics and restrict abortion care access. But research shows that even in the midst of COVID—and despite disinformation spread by the anti-choice opposition—people continue to oppose restricting access to reproductive freedom.  Always work […]

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COVID Resources: Race, the Virus: Bias, Data, Testing and Impact

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Existing demographic data has revealed the disproportionate health effects of the coronavirus on Black and Brown people, communities of color, and Indigenous people. However, comprehensive racial and ethnic data does not exist in every state nor are there uniform reporting guidelines across the country. In order to better address racial disparities, legislators are pushing for […]

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COVID Resources: Preventing Evictions

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Our nation is in the midst of a housing crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under our nation’s system of racial capitalism, housing serves more as a financial asset or investment than a basic human right. The current system disproportionately harms working-class, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color (BIPOC)—leaving them out of both asset building […]

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COVID Resources: Immigration

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Undocumented Immigrants make up a disproportionate share of frontline workers and are especially concentrated in high-risk industries such as food production, health care, and transportation. However, these same immigrant workers have been excluded from any economic relief included in the CARES Act and are unable to access unemployment insurance. To compound this devastating situation, Trump’s […]

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COVID Resources: Health Care

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In addition to the risks to individuals’ physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic affects every health care system in the United States (medical, public health, insurance) and each of their corresponding workforces. State legislatures have a responsibility and opportunity to ensure that these systems are operating effectively and equitably for the health of all people.  Resources: […]

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COVID Resources: Food Systems and Agriculture

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Covid-19 demonstrated that the corporate food supply chain is one crisis away from failing, which puts communities at risk of being food insecure and could cause barriers for local farmers working to address the food needs of their community. In order to ensure that communities are resilient in their ability to access food during a […]

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COVID Resources: Education

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The Department of Education and the White House are pressuring schools to open in the fall but are providing little to no guidance for doing so safely, threatening to withhold funding for states or districts who do not comply. While the pressure to reopen schools in the fall grows, so does the number of coronavirus […]

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COVID Resources: Rural Communities

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The spread of COVID-19 took longer to reach rural America, however, once it did, it highlighted some basic infrastructure needs that are lacking for rural residents. During COVID-19, rural people have faced many of the same challenges as urban residents, yet have struggled to access adequate information, medical services, food and medicine due to an […]

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10 State Poll: Americans Support Bold Policy Solutions to Bolster Economy and Democracy, Manage Crises Exacerbated by COVID

August 19, 2020 in , , , , , ,

Intense support for commonsense election reforms and solutions to create economic security A recent poll surveying voters in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart, shows voters support policies to ensure accessible elections and a desire for more state investment […]

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