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Good Workplace Practices Lead to a Vibrant Economy

As state legislatures across the country wrap up their deliberative sessions it’s a good time to review what they accomplished on behalf of working families and small businesses. From Minnesota to Hawaii, states considered and passed minimum wage increases. States also looked at providing seniors with a more secure retirement and low-income workers with the safety of paid leave for illness or family care. These policies represent our vision for the economy, one that is pro-worker and pro-business and makes our workplaces healthier, drives more customers to local businesses, secures a future of prosperity for workers of all ages, and grows our country’s economy.

2014 Health Reform Session Roundup

With 2014 legislative sessions largely adjourned in statehouses across the nation, this is the first in a series of issue-specific session roundups from Progressive States Network highlighting trends in different policy areas across the fifty states. This year, the moment we have been waiting for finally arrived: the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on January 1. After a rocky launch, the Affordable Care Act is now in full swing and boasting 8 million signups, the majority of which are newly insured individuals. For 24 states and the District of Columbia, Medicaid expansion went into effect. However, the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision meant that states had the option of refusing to expand Medicaid without consequences (other than to its own citizens), and whether to expand Medicaid was an issue hotly debated in the 26 states that did not expand prior to this legislative session.

State Legislators & Partners in Action: Here’s What Happened!

The 2014 National Week of Action for Real Prosperity took place the second week of April and it was a huge success! Spearheaded by PSN’s Economic Security Working Group, the Week of Action engaged over 50 legislators in 20 states

Stories Out Of Colorado: Why The State Needs Stronger Paid Leave Policies

Among the policy priorities Colorado State Senator Jesse Ulibarri and State Rep. John Salazar have long sought to elevate, especially during the National Week of Action, is the need to expand Coloradans' access to paid leave. These stories from 9to5.org illustrate the need in Colorado.