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Research Roundup 3/23: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class, State Education Cuts in the Sequester, and More

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class [Center for American Progress Action Fund]
Progressive States Network policy reports are cited in this Center for American Progress Action Fund report released this week. The report includes "more than 100 policy reforms that will improve job quality, reduce the costs of health care, reform the tax code, fix the housing market, improve the quality of education, ensure civil rights are respected so that everyone can fully participate in the economy, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and strengthen local communities."

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
"Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in January. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate increases, 8 states posted decreases, and 17 states had no change. Forty states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, seven states experienced increases, and three states had no change."

Interactive map: What your state stands to lose with the looming across-the-board cuts [Education Votes]
An interactive map on the sequester that allows users to "find out how much your state stands to lose in education funding and how many students will be hurt by these draconian cuts," with state-specific infographics.

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(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch here or Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)