Good Workplace Practices Lead to a Vibrant Economy

As state legislatures across the country wrap up their deliberative sessions it’s a good time to review what they accomplished on behalf of working families and small businesses. From Minnesota to Hawaii, states considered and passed minimum wage increases. States also looked at providing seniors with a more secure retirement and low-income workers with the safety of paid leave for illness or family care. These policies represent our vision for the economy, one that is pro-worker and pro-business and makes our workplaces healthier, drives more customers to local businesses, secures a future of prosperity for workers of all ages, and grows our country’s economy.

Too many Minnesotans find affordable housing is “out of reach”

Minnesota’s new minimum wage will increase the incomes of 325,000 Minnesotans, but there’s still more to do for all Minnesota workers to achieve economic security. A recent report finds that minimum wage workers in Minnesota and throughout the country don’t earn enough to afford market rate rental housing.
When there is a wide gap between incomes and housing costs, families can’t afford other basic needs, families may have to live in substandard housing, or workers can’t move to where the jobs are.

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Minnesota’s economic growth beats national average while Wisconsin lags

Minnesota’s economic growth has outperformed the majority of other states, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new report finds that Minnesota’s GDP grew by 2.8 percent in 2013, well above the national figure of 1.8 percent.
And that’s just a shapshot. The analysis also shows that Minnesota outperformed the national economy from 2010 to 2013. While the United States GDP grew by 6.1 percent over this period, Minnesota grew by 7.5 percent.

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State Legislators & Partners in Action: Here’s What Happened!

The 2014 National Week of Action for Real Prosperity took place the second week of April and it was a huge success! Spearheaded by PSN’s Economic Security Working Group, the Week of Action engaged over 50 legislators in 20 states

Women’s Economic Security Act Advancing In Minnesota

State legislators are taking action to support women's economic security, including Minnesota State Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) and Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing). Earlier today, they joined other legislators on the state Capitol steps to show their support for the Women’s Economic Security Act. 

Guest Blogger: State Rep. Ray Dehn On Progress On Pay Equity In Minnesota

Guest Blogger Minnesota Rep. Raymond Dehn explains how Minnesota’s state legislature and Governor are poised to make progress on closing the gender pay gap and a host of other issues to support women and their families by enacting the Women’s Economic Security Act.

Minnesota: News Conference Taking Place Ahead of Major Vote on Women’s Economic Security Act

State lawmakers from the Minnesota House and Senate will join advocates of the Women’s Economic Security Act on Wednesday, April 9 at 10:30am for a news conference on the front capitol steps. The event, announced today on Equal Pay Day, is taking place ahead of a vote on the bill by the entire House of Representatives.

More Progress for Domestic Workers' Rights

Minnesota joined Oregon and Hawaii as states that have advanced legislation this session to protect the rights of domestic workers, a sign of progress for efforts to protect workers who often earn less than the minimum wage and face exploitation and abuse:

Backlash Brews Against Corporate Education Reform

Recent scandals in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. that revealed coordinated efforts by teachers and administrators to manipulate student test scores are shining an even brighter spotlight on the failure of standardized test-centric policies in the states. A backlash is brewing in many states as more and more parents and legislators alike start asking questions about corporate education "reform":

Radical Right-Wing Tax Plans Run Into Trouble

Taxes are on the minds of many this week as April 15th approaches. They're also on the minds of many conservative governors -- in states such as Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Nebraska -- who have seen their radical tax proposals to further enrich corporations and the wealthy run into major resistance from voters, businesses, and even conservative lawmakers. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who this week withdrew his regressive plan that would have eliminated the state income tax while raising the sales tax, has seen his standing drop sharply in the polls. In the run up to Tax Day, increasing attention is being focused on how tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations increase burdens on the middle class.