Kansas underwent a change in leadership at the top when Gov. Kathleen
Sebelius joined the Obama administration as Secretary of Health and
Human Services and was replaced by her lieutenant governor, Mark
Parkinson, a former chair of the state Republican party before
switching parties to serve under Sebelius.
Instead of allowing the right-wing to scapegoat undocumented immigrant
workers, Progressive States Network will be working with progressive
leaders across the country to introduce wage enforcement laws that
emphasize that native and immigrant workers both suffer under illegal
working conditions. See State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2009 for the full range of immigration policies Progressive States Network is supporting in upcoming legislative sessions.
on the top issues dominated Kansas’ legislative session and prevented
movement on most significant legislation. This generally played out to
progressives favor as the legislative majorities top priorities for the
session were misguided immigration policies and granting permits for
two coal-fired power plants that the executive branch had previously
On Wednesday night, the Connecticut House passed
a simple, yet far-reaching bill to offer small businesses and
municipalities better, more affordable health insurance. The
Connecticut Healthcare Partnership, HB 5536,
allows small businesses and municipalities to join the state employee
health insurance plan. This is significant because small employers,
towns, employees and their families will be able to join forces with
and benefit from the bargaining power of the 200,000 member-strong
state employee pool.
The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved SF 2416,
a bill to sharply increase fines on employers violating Iowa state wage
laws, crack down on the practice of misclassifying employees as
"independent contractors" to evade those laws, and protect workers
reporting violations from retaliation.