DISPATCH: Conservatives Push Child Labor, Voters Back Progressive Taxes, and the Potential Impact of a Shutdown in the States

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Having Dealt Blows to Nurses and Teachers, Conservatives Take on… Kids

Wage Standards and Workplace Freedom * Tim Judson


Last week capped the end of what was undoubtedly one of the darkest months for working people in decades, with Ohio Governor John Kasich signing the notorious Senate Bill 5 – stripping public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights – and similar measures advancing in New Hampshire and Oklahoma, and attacks on teachers moving forward in Idaho and Tennessee. At the same time, legislators in Maine opened up another front in the assault on workers’ rights in their state by introducing a bill aimed at gutting one of the most fundamental and cherished labor standards in the country: our child labor laws.


The Federal Government Shutdown: How It May Impact The States

Accountable Government * Ben Secord


As the prospect of a federal government shutdown looms in Washington D.C., states are nervously preparing for the impact it could have on their already strapped budgets and their fragile economic recoveries. While it would take a more protracted shutdown to threaten federal funding for the administration of major programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Program, a shorter shutdown period could still wreak havoc for states already scrambling to stay afloat.


In Polls And At Polls, Voters Favoring Revenue Solutions

Tax and Budget Reform * Altaf Rahamatulla


Several elected officials across the states have approached budget shortfalls with extremely short-sighted and economically damaging proposals, including lavish tax breaks for corporations, slashing unemployment benefits, heinous cuts to programs that primarily benefit middle class and working families, eliminating earned income tax credit (EITC) programs, and privatizing services and institutions across the board, such as mental health services, prisons, and infrastructure. By peddling baseless and debunked right-wing measures, these very same officials refuse to consider sensible, practical, and progressive alternatives to alleviating fiscal woes, despite overwhelming public support for such measures.


Research Roundup: Exposing the Financiers of the Far Right, the Middle Class Without Unions and More

In this week's Research Roundup from PSN: Recent reports from the Center for American Progress Action Fund on the central role of the multi-billionaire Koch brothers in funding the right wing movement in the states and on the critical role that unions have played in creating and sustaining the American middle class; the Economic Policy Institute on the thirty-year trend of stagnating wages in the private sector, the increasingly dramatic gap between the super-wealthy and the rest of Americans following the Great Recession, and the continuing importance of pursuing expansionary fiscal policy in the states; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research on state-by-state figures showing the numbers of workers with access and without access to Paid Sick Days; the National Employment Law Project on the case for reforming criminal background checks for employment; and more.


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Steps Forward


US: Prison reform advocates press states to shift money out of corrections system

CA: Push for Arizona-Like Immigration Reform Bill Defeated

ME: Maine Republican State Lawmakers Take Issue with Gov. LePage


Steps Back


OH: Budget cuts, tuition cap smack colleges

MT: Lawmakers end same-day voter registration


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The Stateside Dispatch is edited by:

Charles Monaco, Press and New Media Specialist

Contributors to the Dispatch include:

Nora Ranney, Legislative Director
Marisol Thomer, Outreach Director
Devin Boerm, Health Policy Specialist
Fabiola CarriĆ³n, 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
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Ben Secord, Outreach Specialist

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