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What Just Happened in the States

November 10, 2020 in Blog

As the picture is becoming clear enough to understand the 2021 landscape in state legislatures, here are key takeaways as of November 6, 2020. The landscape: In November 2020, nearly 6,000 of the nation’s 7,383 state legislative seats were up for election. Come January 2021, the partisan control of state legislatures will look nearly identical […]

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Equity And Justice In The Food System

October 7, 2020 in Blog

Farmworkers and other food chain workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and immigrant rights. Though they are considered “essential,” they are some of the most exploited workers in America and still not covered by some of the basic labor protections afforded to others. In a webinar this week, we heard […]

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Abortion Coverage Is Economic Justice

October 1, 2020 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

This year marks 44 years of anti-abortion politicians propping up the Hyde Amendment, a measure that denies abortion coverage to those who are struggling to make ends meet. The harm falls hardest on people who are already marginalized by our health care system, especially women of color, young people, transgender, and non-binary people. Instead of perpetuating this harm, we need to ensure […]

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VOTING DURING THE PANDEMIC

September 29, 2020 in Blog , COVID

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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Now Is Not The Time To Give Up

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By Jessie Ulibarri and Neha Patel, SiX Co-Executive Directors  State Legislators, The world is a tough place right now–from the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor to ongoing climate disasters to forced sterilization of immigrant women in detention facilities to the recession to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing to looming constitutional crises to the ongoing […]

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

September 9, 2020 in Blog

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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Defending Against Harmful Policies

September 4, 2020 in Blog , COVID , Uncategorized

State legislatures are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, trying to do their best to protect and provide vital social services to their constituents. While some states are passing inclusive policies to stabilize our local economies, others are using the pandemic as an opportunity to pass harmful policies that will have devastating impacts on […]

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New Poll Shows Mississippians Want Bold Policy Action by State Government to Address COVID Impact on Economy and Election

August 20, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

In a recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart, Missippians expressed a strong desire for bold policy action by the state government to address the impact of COVID on the economy and election safety and accessibility.  Voters Concerned about COVID Impact on Health and Strongly Support Bold Economic Policies […]

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

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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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COVID Resources: Unemployment and Worker Protections

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The Covid pandemic has had devastating impacts on every single worker and every aspect of our economy, particularly women and Black, Brown, and Indigenous workers. Too many are grappling with how to pay for the basic necessities they need to survive and many are being forced to decide between going back to a job that […]

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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 Blog

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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Black and Poor Communities Need More Than the ADA

August 6, 2020 in Blog

On July 26th we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. As a result, employers cannot discriminate against disabled employees and must provide reasonable accommodations such as wheelchair ramps, accessible bathroom stalls, and sign […]

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Arizonans Overwhelmingly Support Proactive Policies in COVID Crisis

August 5, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

Strong support for progressive solutions to help working families and ensure the accessibility of elections A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Arizona voters hold deep concerns over the risk that COVID-19 poses to their health and the impact on the economy.  The poll showed that Arizonans believe that the government […]

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Floridians Want State Lawmakers to Act on Threats Created by COVID Crisis

August 4, 2020 in Blog

Strong support for progressive solutions to help working families and ensure the elections are accessible and safe A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Florida voters hold deep concerns over the risk that COVID-19 poses to their health and the impact on the economy and the election.  Two in three Floridians […]

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As State Legislature Goes Into Special Session, New Poll Shows Nevadans Support Action on Threats Created by COVID Crisis

July 31, 2020 in Blog

Strong support for bold policy solutions to help working families and ensure the safety and accessibility of elections As the Nevada state legislature is set to begin a special session to address COVID-19 related issues, a recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Nevada voters hold deep concerns over the risk that […]

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Michiganders Want State Lawmakers to Act on Threats of COVID Crisis

July 14, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

Strong support for progressive solutions to help working families and ensure the safety and security of elections A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Michigan voters hold deep concerns over the risk that COVID-19 poses to their health and the impact on the economy.  The poll showed that Michiganders believe that […]

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Pennsylvanians Support Progressive Agenda in Harrisburg

June 16, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

Residents particularly support public health and economic responses to COVID-19 and critical democracy reforms  A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Pennsylvanians are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and support widespread testing, prioritize working people in the economic response, and support reforms to make our democracy stronger.  Pennsylvanians Broadly Support […]

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Anti-Black Racism Must End in This Country: A Message to Black Legislators

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See our blog post and other messages here. First, we want to recognize that you are being called to do more than what seems humanly possible in moments like these: lead your community, legislate within historically white power structures, organize/educate/lobby your caucuses, deal with constituents (both supportive and awful)–all while dealing with the personal grief, […]

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We Won’t Go Back: An Open Letter from State and Local Legislators Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to Defend Abortion Access

May 28, 2020 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s first major abortion rights decision since Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have taken the bench, over 300 local and state elected officials have signed on to the open letter below, urging the Justices to stand by decades of precedent and reject the medically unnecessary Louisiana law which would shut […]

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The COVID Crisis Reveals Deep Fissures in American Society and Shines a Light on the Path Forward

May 1, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

“Many Americans are now experiencing what poor communities live with daily. We have communities perennially facing lower wages, higher poverty, lack of access to health care, and lack of access to child care. Shift workers, low-wage workers, agrarian workers, and service workers are now being pushed over the edge. We must be intentional about identifying […]

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North Carolinians Supported Economic Reform Even Before the COVID-19 Crisis

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A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows North Carolina voters held deep concerns over pocketbook economic issues and support for progressive policy solutions even before the full impact of COVID-19 was felt. The poll showed that North Carolinians believe that the government should play a constructive role in people’s economic lives.   […]

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Legislating in a Pandemic: Transparent & Remote Governance

March 27, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

Considerations for Transparent & Accessible Governance in Emergencies Examples of Remote Governance Transitions Reads & Resources As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing list of state legislatures have postponed session and legislators themselves have started testing positive for the virus. While some states quickly moved to remote sessions and amended open meeting laws […]

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COVID-19 + Repro Resources

March 26, 2020 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

In this urgent global health pandemic, anti-abortion lawmakers are once again playing politics with people’s lives and health, and there are very real reproductive health impacts and needs this moment presents.  Click here for general RFLC talking points on the coronavirus. Important: Here are some issues that you should talk to your repro coalition and abortion […]

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Become a part of CROP: SiX’s Agriculture Cohort

March 17, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

We wondered: Do SiX legislators want or need program-specific resources to help engage in rural, agricultural or local foods policy? Our staff criss-crossed the country, traveled to your states, spoke with some of you over the phone, connected with your colleagues, reached out to your partners and the verdict is in: SiX legislators not only […]

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New Resource: Paid Family and Medical Leave Playbook

March 12, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

Ultimately, nearly all workers need to take time away at some point to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to meet these needs without jeopardizing their economic security, which strengthens working families and thereby grows the economy.  […]

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Census Get Out the Count Toolkit for State Legislators

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The 2020 Census officially kicks off March 12th, when households across the country have started receiving mailed invitations with instructions to respond to the census. State legislators have a uniquely strong platform and a responsibility to get out the count in communities all across the country. And SiX is here to help. Check out our Census […]

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New Legislator Resource: Ending Prison Gerrymandering

March 5, 2020 in Blog

State legislators have a crucial role in advancing accurate and equitable redistricting. That means ending prison gerrymandering: the harmful practice of counting incarcerated people as residents of prison districts instead of at home.  SiX and Prison Policy Initiative are thrilled to release a new resource on prison gerrymandering. Our brief includes messaging guidance, policy design considerations, […]

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Fighting Back Against Anti-Transgender Legislation in the States

February 28, 2020 in Blog

The bad news: Across the country, there’s been a rise in hateful legislation that attacks the basic dignity and humanity of transgender youth. The good news: These bills have already been stopped in states including South Dakota and Florida, and there are resources to help in every state!  Jessie Ulibarri, SiX Co-Executive Director teamed up with Chase Strangio […]

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Wage Theft Policy Playbook

February 20, 2020 in Blog

No matter where we come from or what our color, most of us work hard for our families. But today, our families, local economies, and communities are being exploited by certain greedy CEOs who are stealing billions of dollars in wages earned by working Americans. Fortunately, thanks to progressive state legislators, anti-wage theft policies are […]

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Health Care Messaging Strategy Briefing for Colorado Legislators

February 18, 2020 in Blog

Application for Interested Legislators Join SiX for a strategy meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, from 11:00-12:00 at the Colorado State Capitol. SiX is excited to bring nationally renowned pollster Celinda Lake to Denver to support legislators on health care messaging. Celinda will present national-level health care research and work with legislators on adapting her findings […]

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Maryland Voters Support a Progressive, Pro-Worker Agenda

January 30, 2020 in Blog

Voters also prioritize public education and are receptive to expanding revenue sources As stagnating wages continue to take a toll on the middle class, a recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Maryland voters value quality public education in the state and are strongly supportive of a progressive, pro-worker economic agenda. Education […]

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RESTORING A FAIR WORKWEEK

January 18, 2020 in Blog

STATE POLICIES TO COMBAT ABUSIVE SCHEDULING PRACTICES  By the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and SiX Today a majority of working Americans – over 80 million people – clock into a job with an hourly wage. As millions of families benefit from higher minimum wages (thanks to the work of many of you!), these victories are […]

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New Maine Focus Group Results Show Support for Progressive Ideas from the Legislature

January 17, 2020 in Blog

Recently concluded focus groups built on polling conducted last year and reveal Mainers strongly support many of the policies the state legislature has recently passed or considered with residents most supportive of legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable, ones that will hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid crisis, and establishing more protections for […]

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Protecting the Power of the Ballot Initiative: A Guide

January 15, 2020 in Blog , Uncategorized

The SiX Democracy Project is teaming up with the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) to help progressive legislators protect the ballot measure process and champion direct democracy. The resources below highlight why you, as a progressive legislator, should care about this important tool for change and how you can identify and disrupt common tactics conservatives […]

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Action on Health Care Affordability Is a Top Priority for Coloradans

January 13, 2020 in Blog

New poll reveals strong support for a public option plan and prescription drug affordability board VOTERS SUPPORT HEALTH CARE REFORMS AND TAX SAVINGS FOR WORKING FAMILIES A recent poll conducted by Strategies 360 for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows that voters strongly support progressive solutions to make health care more affordable and put more […]

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For Second Year in a Row, Health Care Tops the List of Issues Floridians Want the State Legislature to Act Upon

January 9, 2020 in Blog

Poll also highlights voters’ concerns about pocketbook economic issues A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Floridians are concerned about health care and other pocketbook economic issues.  Polling demonstrates strong support for progressive policy solutions to these challenges facing Florida families. Voters Support Action on Health Care  Florida voters prioritize action […]

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Our 10 Favorite Moments from State Legislatures this Year

December 30, 2019 in Blog

2019 was a big year in state legislatures. Important battles to strengthen our democracy, improve the lives of working families, advance reproductive freedom, defend civil rights, and protect the environment were won and lost in states across the nation. These battles impact the lives of Americans every day, yet so many of these stories never […]

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Repealing Hyde Not Just an Issue for DC

October 7, 2019 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

By: Rep. Sheryl Cole, MPT Delia Garza, Rep. Joyce McCreight, CM Carlina Rivera Representative Sheryl Cole represents Texas District 46. Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza represents District 2 in Southeast Austin.Representative Joyce “Jay” McCreight represents Maine District 51.Council member Carlina Rivera represents the 2nd Council District of New York City Council. The national conversation about reproductive […]

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SiX Expands Reproductive Rights Team

September 4, 2019 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

As abortion restrictions in state legislatures ramp up across the country, the SiX Reproductive Rights team is expanding.  Three new staff members join Kelly Baden, Director of Reproductive Rights, and Sophia Kerby, Deputy Director of Reproductive Rights, and will grow the power of the Reproductive Rights team to provide state lawmakers the support they need […]

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New Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Want Harrisburg to Advance Progressive Policies

August 26, 2019 in Blog

According to a poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart, Pennsylvania voters support a wide range of policies in the state to raise wages, strengthen our democracy, reform the criminal justice system, and protect the environment. Some highlights include: 62% of voters support raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars […]

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Mainers Concerned About Economy and Health Care, Support the Recent Actions Taken in the 2019 Legislative Session

August 6, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Mainers are concerned about pocketbook economic issues, the affordability of health care, and education. Mainers also support recent state legislative actions to address these issues and the direction Maine is going after the 2019 legislative session. Legislators took significant steps in the 2019 session […]

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Broad Popular Support for Economic Security Reforms Among Colorado Voters

July 16, 2019 in Blog

SUPPORT FOR A PAID FAMILY LEAVE PROGRAM A recent poll conducted by Strategies 360 for State Innovation Exchange (SiX) revealed that Colorado voters overwhelmingly support a paid family and medical leave program that is available to all Colorado workers. Across age, gender, and geography, a strong majority of Coloradans favor the creation of a paid […]

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Arizona Progressives Hold Steady and Stem Conservative Overreach

June 12, 2019 in Blog

Progressive legislators stood strong in the 2019 legislative session and were able to continue to articulate the bold vision outlined in the Sunrise Agenda. Progressive discipline helped produce better policy outcomes on education, the environment and democracy for Arizonans.   In Defense of Democracy While progressives do not control either chamber, they were able to […]

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Television Media Training in Colorado

June 11, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

Media Training Application for Interested Legislators Join the State Innovation Exchange for a media training on Friday, June 28th from 9:00-1:00 at Colorado Education Association. This half day training will provide advice around media interviews and on-camera practice for participants so that they may be more knowledgeable about messaging on policy priorities important for working […]

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Widespread Support for Progressive Agenda Among Michigan Voters

June 3, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

Key Findings from Michigan Statewide Polls for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) reflect voter support for democratic reforms and progressive solutions to economic issues A recent poll conducted by TargetSmart for SiX revealed that Michigan voters are hungry for concrete improvements in the everyday life of the average person and their family. From safe, modern […]

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How to Support a Fair and Accurate Census

May 23, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

Why Does the 2020 Census Matter? Census data determine the allocation of more than $800 billion in annual federal funding and are often used in state and local policy making, decision making, and research. An inaccurate census in 2020 would jeopardize state funds for over 300 federal programs and compromise crucial supports for marginalized communities. Census data are also […]

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Statement from State Legislators on the Abortion Ban Crisis

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The statement below was coordinated by the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, a first-of-its-kind national network of over 350 pro-choice state legislators from across the country. The RFLC is a project of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX). “The 2019 state attacks on the legal right to abortion are a crisis. As state legislators from around the […]

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THE BIG WINNERS FROM COLORADO’S 2019 SESSION

May 7, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

By: Kyle Huelsman, SiX Colorado State Director Working Women Will Benefit from the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Janet Buckner have been pushing the legislature to address the gender pay gap since 2016 and finally this year they found a path with SB-85, the Equal Pay for Equal Work […]

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Progressives Fight for Sunrise Agenda in Stormy Legislative Session

May 6, 2019 in Blog

By James Chan, Florida State Director Progressive legislators and partners kicked off the 2019 legislative session with a bold Sunrise Agenda focused on the economy, affordable health care, education, the environment and a welcoming Florida.   But during the legislative session, conservatives, who control both chambers, refused to debate the priorities that Floridians identify as […]

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At Five Years Old, Who is SiX Today?

April 23, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

We, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), are a policy resource and strategy center that provides progressive state legislators the tools, resources, and supports they need to fight back against wealthy and well-connected special interests, while making positive changes in the lives of the people they represent. At five years old, SiX has transformed since our […]

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Progressive Victories in the Maryland Legislature

April 10, 2019 in Blog

During this year’s legislative session, progressive Maryland state lawmakers secured victories on policies to put more money in the pockets of working people, lower the cost of health care, care for our environment, improve access to early and higher education, strengthen our democracy and more. Highlights of legislation passed by the General Assembly include: A […]

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The 2019 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action

March 15, 2019 in Blog

The 2019 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action highlighted the work of progressive state legislators across the country who are fighting to put more money in the pockets of working people. More than 300 legislators from 43 states and 115 national and in state partners participated in the week of action! Highlights include: 30 bill introductions 9 […]

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The Florida Sunrise Agenda

March 8, 2019 in Blog

This past Tuesday was the first day of Florida’s 2019 legislative session. Progressive grassroots organizations and legislators unveiled their vision for Florida, the Florida Sunrise Agenda, at The People’s Response immediately following the governor’s State of the State. The Sunrise Agenda is based on five pillars: our healthcare, our economy, our students, our environment, and […]

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What do North Carolina Voters Want?

March 7, 2019 in Blog , Uncategorized

Recently polling commissioned by SiX shows that voters want the legislature and the governor to focus on policies that would create an economy that works for everyone, make the investment needed for a first-class education system, and make affordable health care available to more North Carolina residents. Voters believe strongly that polluters, not ratepayers, should […]

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Polling Shows Overwhelming Support for Laws That Help Families Thrive

February 11, 2019 in Blog

Recent polls coordinated by SiX in states across the country show that state policies that will help families thrive are overwhelmingly popular. SiX tested support for policies that would ensure equal pay, overtime pay, paid sick leave, paid family leave and childcare funding in North Carolina, Maine, Washington, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado. Those opposed? […]

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State Legislators Commit to MeToo Policy Advances in #20Statesby2020

February 8, 2019 in Blog

By Andrea Johnson, Senior Counsel for State Policy, National Women’s Law Center When #MeToo went viral in October 2017, there was a scramble by state and federal lawmakers to meet the bravery of the survivors coming forward and enact meaningful, substantive policy reforms to stop and prevent sexual harassment. Our phones at the National Women’s […]

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Statement from the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council on the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2019 in Blog , Reproductive Rights , Uncategorized

The Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council is the only national, cross-state cohort of pro-choice state legislators in the country, with 326 members from 46 states. The RFLC is a project of State Innovation Exchange (SiX). The 46th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision Roe v. Wade comes at a critical time in our […]

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#FightingForFamilies Week of Action: Feb 4-8, 2019

December 19, 2018 in Blog , Press , Uncategorized

The annual SiX #FightingForFamiliesWeek of Action is a national, coordinated effort to highlight the work of progressive state legislators to create an economy that works for all, not just the wealthy few. The next Week of Action will be February 4-8, 2019. WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN Join a national movement to highlight the work of […]

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South Carolina State Senator Margie Bright Matthews: Legislatures Are Ground Zero in Fight for Abortion Access

September 14, 2018 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

Published in The State September 14, 2018. See the original post here. As Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wrap up and Roe v. Wade remains at risk, my colleagues and I in state legislatures across the country have our work cut out for us in defending the rights and reproductive health care for women and families. […]

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Are the Best States for Workers Also the Best States for Business?

August 30, 2018 in Blog

By: Michelle Sternthal, Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Oxfam America Popular rhetoric in the U.S. pits workers against businesses. How often does one hear, “Worker protections saddle businesses and stall the economy! Increasing the minimum wage will scare away businesses! Regulations kill jobs!” In so many policy conversations, we are told that labor laws must be […]

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Legislator Spotlight: Maine Rep. Ryan Fecteau 

June 25, 2018 in Blog

To honor and acknowledge June as LGBT Pride Month, SiX is highlighting the work and leadership on issues affecting LGBT communities with a Member Spotlight of Rep. Ryan Fecteau from Maine. Across the country, state legislators are introducing bans on the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” which seeks to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Rep. […]

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Legislator Spotlight: Virginia Del. Marcia Price

June 20, 2018 in Blog

Del. Price represents the 95th legislative district in the Virginia House of Delegates, covering parts of the cities of Newport News and Hampton. SiX spoke to her about her work helping Virginians address student loan debt.   Why is combatting the student debt crisis an important issue to you?  Everyone brings their life experiences with them to their work as […]

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Legislator Spotlight: Pennsylvania Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky

April 25, 2018 in Blog

Rep. Krueger-Braneky represents the 161st legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. SiX spoke to her about her work to combat sexual harassment.  – Why is addressing sexual harassment and assault an important issue to you? As more reports of sexual harassment have come to light, it’s become clear that our current system does not […]

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A New Day for Reproductive Health in New Jersey

February 23, 2018 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

By New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg  The resistance is alive in the Garden State. Just a few weeks into 2018, we in New Jersey are already reversing eight years of setbacks to reproductive rights and health that former Gov. Chris Christie so outrageously spearheaded. New Jersey was one of two states, along with Washington, that […]

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Connecting the Dots: How Contraception and Abortion Insurance Coverage Ensures Economic Security for Families

February 9, 2018 in Blog , Reproductive Rights

By Agata Pelka The ability to plan, time, and space children is inextricably linked with economic opportunity, stability, and security for women and families. This is no surprise to the majority of women who report using contraception as a means to complete their education, keep or get a job, and to support themselves and their […]

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Fighting for Families Means Improving Access to Long Term Care

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), wrote a guest blog on the importance of supporting our country’s aging population by improving access to long-term care for seniors and ensuring caregivers are paid fair wages.   By Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley By 2030, Michigan’s senior population will double, meaning that in just over […]

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Sexual Harassment Won’t Stop If We Aren’t #FightingForFamilies

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Andrea Johnson, the Senior Counsel for State Policy at the National Women’s Law Center, wrote a guest blog about how legislators can fight for systemic, structural changes in our workplaces to alleviate the gender power imbalances that have allowed sexual harassment to persist.    By Andrea Johnson  From the moment it was announced that the National […]

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Real Info. Smart Policy. Shared Prosperity: Fighting for Families Through Fiscal Policy Analysis

February 7, 2018 in Blog

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Erica Williams, the Director of State Policy Initiatives with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, wrote a guest blog emphasizing how state governments can move away from tax cuts for the wealthy, and raise and spend tax revenue in ways that profoundly affect families and communities.    By Erica Williams Choices states make about investing […]

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States Won’t Wait for Equal Pay

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Kim Churches, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women wrote a guest blog about the importance of fighting for equal pay for all women coast-to-coast. By Kim Churches   Women and families are hurt by the gender pay gap. Taking home 13 percent, 20 percent, 37 percent, 41 percent, 43 percent, or 46 percent less than a colleague […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for Infrastructure Investment to Create Jobs and Boost Quality of Life

February 6, 2018 in Blog

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Tate Hausman, the Executive Director of the Millions of Jobs Coalition, wrote a guest blog on the importance of public infrastructure investment that doesn’t rely on private investment or place an undue burden on state and local governments.     By Tate Hausman  It’s no secret – America’s infrastructure is failing. The crumbling state of our infrastructure earned it […]

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Fighting for Families Through an Allegiance to Public Schools in Tennessee and Nationwide

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Lyn Hoyt, State Alliance Coordinator for the Tennessee Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, wrote a guest blog on the importance of investing and supporting K-12 public schools and advancing local efforts supporting community schools in Tennessee and nationwide.     By Lyn Hoyt  Public schools are the vehicle through which we guarantee all children a free education from kindergarten through 12th grade.  In our collective […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

February 5, 2018 in Blog

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, wrote a guest blog commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and explaining the importance of fighting for a real national paid family and medical leave plan that doesn’t leave anyone behind.  […]

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