in July, the compromise legislation to reauthorize and expand the
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that is emerging in
Congress is more like the weaker Senate bill than the House's
broader proposal. Still, the compromise would bring
enrollment to 10 million children, up from 6.6 million and cover an
million uninsured children. SCHIP is an important state-federal program
to state efforts to ensure children have the health care they need when
they need it.
The unemployment insurance (UI) system is broken in states across the country.
Large numbers of low-wage, part-time and women workers don't get help when
they are laid off; in fact, only 35% of laid-off workers are able to collect
jobless benefits, a rate far below protections offered decades ago.
The National Abortion Rights Action League
(NARAL) is holding a conference call this Friday, June 1st, at
3:00 p.m. (EST), designed to help state legislators preempt
and fight renewed attempts in states to limit women's reproductive
We may say as a country that we value families and mothers, but a rise in job
discrimination complaints by moms highlights how far most workplaces are from
that ideal. Yesterday, to help clarify the responsibilities of
employers, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) issued
guidelines on what kinds of discrimination against parents is
Despite real progress over the last generation in overcoming discrimination in our society, the reality is that Americans are still regularly refused employment, housing or equal treatment under the law because of their nationality or the color of their skin. The numbers highlighting this racial discrimination are stark:
In a blow to consumers, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that mortgage lending subsidiaries of national banks are exempt from state regulation. Every state attorney general and bank regulator had urged the High Court to protect these state laws, especially in light of federal inaction in the face of abuse by predatory lend
In a huge win for the states, and more importantly for the environment, the
this week that the EPA has the authority to regulate heat-trapping gases in
automobile emissions. 12 states filed the suit to challenge the Bush
Administration's claim that the EPA does not have the responsibility to
regulate carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases under the Clean Air Act,
and even it if did, it would not use the authority.