As Unemployment Benefits Expire, Job Creation Hangs In The Balance

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State and Local Immigration Laws - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Join Progressive States Network, the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and the National Immigration Law Center on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 2-3pm EST for a free webinar entitled, 'State and Local Immigration Laws - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly'. The webinar will address anti-immigrant legislation modeled on Arizona's SB 1070; proposals to revoke birthright citizenship and access to education; and litigation and advocacy efforts to fight back against these regressive state and local measures. The webinar will also discuss positive state and local policies and legislation that effectively integrate immigrant workers and residents. Panelists on the webinar include attorney Jennifer Chang Newell of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project; Vivek Malhotra, ACLU Advocacy and Policy Counsel; Suman Raghunathan, Progressive States Network’s Immigration Policy Specialist; and Jonathan Blazer, National Immigration Law Center’s Public Benefits Attorney. Debbie Smith of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) will moderate. To register or for more details, visit:

The Center for State Innovation will host a series of webinars on Lessons Learned from the 2010 Elections and How to Start Preparing for 2010. Now that the elections are over, this is an excellent opportunity to review what worked and what went wrong. For more information, please visit:


As Unemployment Benefits Expire, Job Creation Hangs In The Balance

Unemployment & Retraining * Altaf Rahamatulla


As new leadership prepares to take control of the House of Representatives in January, families who are still suffering through the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression will get the chance to see whether conservatives are serious about creating jobs, or whether they will continue spouting empty rhetoric while obstructing the very policies that spur economic growth.


In Recession, New York May Still Create Green Jobs While Retrofitting Homes and Businesses

Smart Growth and Green Jobs * Fabiola Carrion


During a special legislative session, New York state officials again have the opportunity to pioneer an energy efficiency policy that guarantees payment for retrofits for 1 million homes and businesses without touching the state budget. The proposed legislation guarantees the creation and preservation of green jobs in the state while also providing healthier living and working environments for the people of New York.


After Benefiting From Voter Furor Over Economy, Conservatives Prioritize Divisive Social Agenda in States

Accountable Government * Charles Monaco


The morning after Election Day, conservative candidates across the country woke up to find themselves the beneficiaries of an historic national wave of voter anger over the state of the economy and record unemployment. Yet in the first few weeks after this clear voter statement of frustration over the economy, conservative state lawmakers across the fifty states are already making it clear that their legislative priorities next year will include pushing a divisive social agenda - an agenda that remained largely hidden during the campaign.


Research Roundup


Investing in America’s Economy: A Budget Blueprint for Economic Recovery and Fiscal Responsibility - Our Fiscal Security, a collaborative project of the Economic Policy Institute, Demos, and the Century Foundation, released this publication detailing a proposal that would address the nation's most pressing fiscal challenges, improve the nation's 10-year budget outlook, lead to a budget surplus by 2018, and substantially augment the level of investment in job creation and infrastructure. The authors emphasize, "[a] recession is not a time for fiscal austerity but rather a time for investing in jobs and the middle class. Our proposed policies work against the erosion of investment that we have seen over the past 30 years, modernize an antiquated and complex tax code, and achieve fiscal sustainability while preserving Social Security and other vital priorities."

A Citizen's Guide to Redistricting, 2010 Edition - The Brennan Center recently released the latest edition of its comprehensive primer on redistricting, which offers a description of the procedural and substantive rules governing redistricting in both state legislative and congressional districts in all 50 states. The Guide also illustrates proposals for reform in the future, and is an excellent resource for novices and experts alike.

Creating Good Jobs in Our Communities: How Higher Wage Standards Affect Economic Development and Employment - A new report by the Center for American Progress (reported in the business journal Crain's New York) highlights 15 cities with contracting wage standards that had the same or stronger levels of employment and business growth as a comparable group of control cities without living wage laws tied to subsidized contractors. The 15 cities include: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Cleveland, Ohio; Duluth, Minnesota; Hartford, Connecticut; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oakland,California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; San Antonio, New Mexico; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Steps Forward


VA: Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Health Care Law’s Constitutionality

CO: Lawmakers Push To Require Disclosure of Previously Anonymous Political Donations

MI: Michigan to Add 1,000 Engineering, Research Jobs For GM Electric Vehicle Production


Steps Back


US: Right Wing State Legislators Push Constitutional Amendment To Allow Nullification Of Federal Laws

TX: Texas State Rep. Proposes Opting Out Of Medicaid, Admits It Would Mean “Throwing People Out In The Street”


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The Stateside Dispatch is written and edited by:

Nora Ranney, Legislative Director
Marisol Thomer, Outreach Director
Fabiola Carrion, Broadband and Green Jobs Policy Specialist
Cristina Francisco-McGuire, Election Reform Policy Specialist
Tim Judson, Workers' Rights Policy Specialist
Suman Raghunathan, Immigration Policy Specialist
Altaf Rahamatulla, Tax and Budget Policy Specialist
Mike Maiorini, Online Technology Manager
Charles Monaco, Press and New Media Specialist
Ben Secord, Outreach Associate

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