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New Report: State Laws on Wage Theft Grossly Inadequate

Wage theft, or the systemic non-payment of wages by unethical employers, is a growing problem affecting millions of workers across the country and costing states billions of dollars in lost tax revenue. Yet, only a few states are starting to address the problem in earnest through legislation – and the vast majority have laws that are grossly inadequate. Those are the conclusions of an extensive, first-of-its-kind evaluation of state laws, Where Theft is Legal: Mapping Wage Theft Laws in the 50 States, released by Progressive States Network. The report grades individual states across the broad body of state laws needed to comprehensively address this growing national crime wave, and concludes that 44 of the 50 states (plus Washington D.C.) deserve failing grades.

Latest Alabama Anti-Immigrant Bill a “New Low,” Says National Group of State Legislators

05/22/2012

State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy – a growing national group of 96 state legislators representing constituents in 38 states and counting – issued the following statement today on last week’s signing of Alabama’s latest anti-immigrant bill, HB 658, into law:

RELEASE: State Electeds Speak Out on SB1070: “There Is a Different Approach”

04/25/2012

As the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070, State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy – a growing national group of 94 state legislators representing constituents in 38 states and counting – issued the following statement.

RELEASE: PSN Report Names NY National Leader in Wage Theft Prevention

04/18/2012

A new report released by Progressive States Network names New York state a national leader in preventing wage theft -- or the nonpayment or underpayment by employers of wages legally owed to employees. The report also spotlights approaches taken by other states -- including Illinois, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Florida -- to a nationwide problem it argues is causing economic strain to workers and state taxpayers alike.

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: New PSN Report to Name NY National Leader in Wage Theft Prevention, One Year After Enactment of Landmark Law

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RELEASE: Statement from Progressive States Network: ALEC "Clearly Feeling the Pressure"

04/12/2012

Progressive States Network Executive Director Ann Pratt issued a following statement in response to comments by ALEC Executive Director Ron Scheberle.

State Legislators Ready to Take Up Battle for Health Care Coverage Regardless of the Decision of the Supreme Court

03/27/2012

Should the individual mandate prove unconstitutional, state legislators are already planning ways to ensure Americans have access to affordable health care

State Legislators From Across Nation Voice Support for Health Law as Supreme Court Arguments Begin

03/26/2012

As historic oral arguments over the lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act opened today at the U.S. Supreme Court, a group of hundreds of state legislators representing every state in the nation continued to voice their support for the health law, underscoring that the Attorneys General bringing the lawsuit are not the only ones who speak for the states.

RELEASE: New Employment Report Underscores Need for States to Advance Measures to Create, Grow, and Save Jobs

03/09/2012

Progressive States Network Executive Director Ann Pratt issued a statement following the release of the jobs report showing the economy adding 233,000 private sector jobs and losing 6,000 public sector jobs in the month of February.

RELEASE: 539 Legislators from All 50 States to SCOTUS: Medicaid Expansion in ACA is Constitutional

02/21/2012

Hundreds of state legislators from every state in the nation continue to send a clear message to the Supreme Court: state Attorneys General seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act through the courts are not the only ones who speak for the states.