NCSL Emerges as Lobbying Loophole as States Crack Down on Ethics Issues

Faced with their own local scandals and an increasingly frustrated public deeply upset with the depth of corruption in statehouses and Washington, D.C., lawmakers have responded by passing increasingly strict state ethics rules. These moves have been a good step, tightening gift rules and increasing transparency through public disclosure.

Illinois Joins Pre-School for All Movement

This past week, Illinois Governor Blagojevich signed the first law in the nation that establishes the goal of universally-available public preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds in that state.

NCSL: Progressive States Partners With National Labor Caucus, AFL-CIO, and the American Federation of Teachers

If you're headed to the National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Nashville this year, you'll want to check out the meeting for the National Labor Caucus -- co-hosted this year by Progressive States, the AFL-CIO, and the AFT. Monday, Aug. 14 National Labor Caucus of State Legislators Annual Meeting and Reception 2:00-5:00 p.m. ””¢ Annual Meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. ””¢ Reception Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 (The day before the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures) Gaylord Opryland Hotel 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, Tenn.

Progress on the Minimum Wage

After years of stagnating wages for working Americans and inaction by Congress, legislators and activists across the country are taking the lead in securing higher minimum wages on a state by state basis. They are achieving some outstanding results. Here's where the minimum wage fight stands in a number of states:

New Latino Voters May Change Political Map

"Today we march, tomorrow we vote!" - the chant at the recent immigration rights rallies -- may translate into a changed electoral landscape in many states across the country.