In the groundbreaking film An Inconvenient Truth, Vice President Al Gore makes an impressive case that it is now essential that the world act to prevent the potentially catastrophic implications of global warming. The film could not come at a more critical time. While the planet warms, Washington dawdles. The nation's political elite remains mired in a debate manipulated by powerful energy interests.
You sign up with a credit card promising you a fixed interest rate. You
pay all your credit card bills on time and in full, but slip up paying
a bill to a totally different company, say the power company, a bit
late. Your credit card company suddenly changes the rules and raises
your credit card rate to up to 35%, based on a provision buried in the
fine print of credit card agreements called "universal default."
In a system where profits, not patient health, is the top priority of
many health care providers, states are beginning to develop "pay for
performance" incentives and promoting other innovations to hold
providers more broadly accountable.
Diving into the world of campaign finance and investigating the funders of the takings initiatives quickly reveals a number of organizations involved: Americans for Limited Government, America at Its Best, the Fund for Democracy, and Montanans in Action. What is odd, though, is that with more digging, they all appear to be funded and controlled by the same individual: New York Developer Howard Rich.
Despite a veto by the governor, the New York State legislature is poised to override and enact reforms to allow day care workers to form labor unions. The bill, A10060, sponsored by Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat (a Progressive States board member) and Senator Nick Spano,
would effect an estimated 52,000 day care workers in facilities
subsidized by state funds, given them standing to negotiate with the
state for wage increases, as well as benefits like health care,
workers' compensation, paid vacation or sick days.
The reality for working Americans is that wages have been largely stagnant for
over three decades. For many workers -- especially those without a
college degree -- pay has actually gotten worse, meaning that this
generation is the first one in American history which is not doing
signficantly better than the previous one. Part of the reason for
these stagnant wages is that inflation was allowed to erode the federal
minimum wage-- its inflation-adjusted value dropping from $9.12 per hour in 1968 down to just $5.15 per hour in 2005.
Progressive States Board Member Presses Landmark BillNY Assemblyman Espaillat Advocates for Day Care Workers
New York, NY - Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, a founding board member of the Progressive States Network, recently addressed a rally of over 1,000 family day care providers to urge the Governor to sign his bill extending union protections to these hard-working, low-paid workers.
Espaillat sponsored the measure extending state worker protections to these employees who often toil for little pay.