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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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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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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SiX Thanks North Carolina State Legislators for Standing Up for Working Families

January 21, 2018 in Blog

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) thanks North Carolina Representatives Deb Butler, Joe John, Mary Belk, Cynthia Ball, and Chaz Beasley and Senators Jay Chaudhuri and Jeff Jackson for standing up for working families in North Carolina by fighting for affordable childcare and early education, equal pay for equal work, and access to job and vocational […]

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Farewell Note from Executive Director Nick Rathod

January 18, 2018 in Blog

As we gear up for a new year and our state legislative work gets underway, I wanted to give you some exciting news about our work as well as changes at SiX. Four years ago, I was hired to build an organization to support progressive state legislators across the country. This critical infrastructure has eluded […]

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Guest Commentary: #GetCoveredNow and Help Get the Word Out

November 14, 2017 in Blog

By: Emily Barson, Get America Covered The deadline to sign up for health insurance is December 15 in most states—just a month away. With new deadlines and a lot of misinformation out there, we need your help to get the word out about open enrollment. Take Action! This year, the federal government is not interested in […]

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