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2020



Arizona




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AZ-EDUCATION

Republicans gut Higher Education Funding

Arizona holds the unenviable position of being at the top of the lists for both increases in college tuition and decreases in state spending assistance for students. The result has been a relentless decline in affordability for lower-income students and an astronomical increase in debt taken on by those students who do enroll.

Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature has chosen to cut personal and corporate taxes every year since the mid-1990s instead of investing in its public colleges and universities. As a result, Arizona is failing to adequately educate its citizenry, and ranks 40th in the nation for people age 25-34 holding bachelor’s degrees or higher.

Between 2008 and 2018 Arizona Republicans cut per-student spending for higher education by 54.9%—the largest cut in the nation, making Arizona one of just seven states that remain more than 30% below their pre-2008 recession education appropriations per full-time equivalent student. Read our paper for more details.

Talking Points    -   July 10, 2020




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AZ-HEALTH
Disparities in COVID-19 Testing for Minorities

COVID-19 cases in Arizona are surging aggressively.  As of early July, cases have reached their highest levels ever for the state, with no indication that the curve is leveling off. Data shows that cases are growing disproportionately among minority populations. The heavily minority, poor, and underserved communities in Maricopa County have the greatest challenges for access to testing. Long-standing socioeconomic and health inequities have resulted in four to five times higher rates of COVID-19 infection among minorities. Heavily urban Maricopa County has the most testing sites of all counties; however, sites are not evenly distributed, and there are fewer in minority communities. Local leaders are scrambling on their own to ensure enough testing sites exist to serve their residents and keep them safe and healthy.




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AZ-EDUCATION

Strengthening Oversight of Arizona’s Charter Schools

Ever since charter schools took the Arizona public education landscape by storm in 1994, they have generated a range of reactions, from pride in the best of them to rage over fraud and profiteering. Competition has produced big winners—like the BASIS schools that rank among the top public high schools in the country—to utter failure among online charter schools.

Neither the Arizona State Charter School Board nor the Arizona Board of Education has taken action to address poor academic performance or financial irregularities, including false reporting, self-dealing, and profiteering.

The Republican majority in the state legislature has consistently stymied Democratic efforts to introduce legislation to strengthen oversight of Arizona’s charter schools. But a serious overhaul of charter school governance would go a long way toward enriching choice, optimizing the use of taxpayer dollars, and enhancing student outcomes in Arizona’s public education sector.




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AZ-HEALTHCARE

Republicans Jeopardize Health of Rural Citizens

The inequities in the health of rural versus urban citizens in Arizona are profound. With the exception of two outsized counties, rural populations are the norm across Arizona. These rural residents have lower average income, higher unemployment, higher poverty, and greater need for Medicaid. They have the lowest health quality and the highest health risks. There are more aging adults, more chronic disease, and more children lacking health insurance. Greater geographic isolation means people must also travel long distances. There are numerous steps—both short-term and long-term—that legislators can take to help mitigate this crisis rather than stand by as it has spiraled downward under successive Republican administrations, jeopardizing the future of the state.

Talking Points: AZ Rural Health Care        June 20, 2020



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AZ-EDUCATION

The Deplorable State of  Education Funding in Arizona

Arizona voters have long considered education funding to be the number one issue facing the state. But the reality is that no other state has cut school funding more than Arizona. Between 2008 and 2015, legislators cut per-student funding by 36.6%. Since the mid-1990s, the loss of revenue for education spending has been the direct result of Arizona’s Republican lawmakers choosing to cut personal and corporate income taxes instead of investing in schools. The failure to adequately fund education in the years since the 2008 recession means that per-pupil funding is the second lowest and teacher salaries the third lowest in the country.

Talking Points: AZ-K12 Education Funding - May 31, 2020




AZ-ELECTIONs

Attack on Democracy: Republicans Suppress Voting and Silence Citizens

Republicans don’t want you to vote—especially if you are young, a person of color, or poor.  They have made it harder to vote in every way they possibly can. The Republican attack on voting rights is not just anti-Democrat; it is anti-democracy. Gutting the citizen initiative process, impeding voter registration, raising barriers to voting by mail, severely reducing the number of polling places, limiting acceptable forms of voter IDs, disenfranchising former offenders, purging voter registration rolls—these are just some of the ways that Republican policies are undermining the fundamental democratic institution of a citizen’s right to vote. Arizona Republicans have been particularly egregious in suppressing voting rights.

Talking Points:  AZ-Voter Suppression    June 15, 2020




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AZ-ECONOMY

C.A.R.E.S. Act

Summary of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.




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AZ-HEALTHCARE

ALERT:  FCC Funding Going Fast!  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program

As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated funds to the FCC for a $200M Telehealth program. Through the “COVID-19 Telehealth Program”, the FCC will provide immediate support to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers to enable connected care services to patients at home or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will “fully fund” telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services “until the funding is exhausted or until the current pandemic has ended.”



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AZ-LEGISLATURE

ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE REPORT

In addition to the lightning-rod legislation that makes headlines each year, the Arizona state legislature passes—and kills—hundreds of bills per session that go unnoticed by the public. Historically, the Arizona legislature has been dominated by Republicans who are heavily financed by party-affiliated PACs and corporations.

This in-depth analysis of recent legislation below includes legislation that has become the GOP mainstay in recent years. The GOP has become the “anti” party (anti-environment, anti-workers’ rights, anti-public education, anti-affordable health care, anti-reproductive rights, anti-immigration, and more).

With both legislative chambers in Arizona held by Republicans, progressive bills sponsored by Democrats are killed in committee repeatedly. Conversely, Republican-sponsored bills routinely make their way to the governor's desk.

Read our report for more details.

Arizona Legislative Report    -   March 8, 2020



Michigan




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MI-Reproductive Rights

An Ominous Future: Reproductive Rights in Michigan

Although abortion is still legal in the United States, Michigan Republicans have been passing state-level legislation that has incrementally chipped away at women’s reproductive rights. By passing legislation restricting access to abortion, the Legislature has effectively limited not only a woman’s right to choose, but also her access to contraception and healthcare in general. Strategies to limit access include insurance coverage restrictions; costly, unnecessary licensing and administrative regulations on facilities; a mandatory waiting period and mandatory biased counseling; a ban on telemedicine for abortion services; parental consent requirements; and funding limitations.

These attacks hurt poor women, women of color, and rural women the most, and they ultimately cost the government money. With the fate of Roe v. Wade now in the hands of a conservative U.S. Supreme Court, it is now more important than ever that Democrats take back the Legislature to protect reproductive rights in Michigan.




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MI-EDUCATION

K-12 Education Funding

For two decades, Michigan’s school funding system has suffered from inadequate state and local investment. Adjusted for inflation, between 1995 and 2015, Michigan had the sharpest decline in education revenue of all 50 states.

Not only are Michigan schools chronically underfunded, but funding disparities between high-poverty districts and their wealthier counterparts add an additional barrier to equitable school funding.

It is also no surprise that with Michigan’s inequitable system of funding, significant achievement gaps exist.




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MI-HEALTHCARE

Protecting the Affordable Care Act

The primary goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) of 2010 was to provide a means for uninsured Americans to obtain affordable health insurance. Michigan agreed to expand Medicaid coverage and create a state-based insurance exchange for individual health insurance plans. The adoption of these initiatives led to a significant reduction in the number of Michigan residents without health insurance in the first two years following implementation of the ACA. But the story of the next three years was one of relentless efforts by Republicans in Michigan and at the federal level to eliminate the gains made under the ACA and  the persistent efforts by the Democrats to safeguard the ACA.




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MI-HEALTHCARE

Paid Sick Leave—A Public Health Priority

Unfortunately for Michigan, the Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly taken decisions about worker protections out of the hands of the voters and local governments. In the past few years, the GOP majority has passed legislation that prevented local governments from improving on state standards for employee protections like paid sick leave and minimum wage.

At the same time, Democrats in Michigan introduced legislation to increase unemployment benefits, create a commission on pay equity, and require employers to provide “wage information for similarly situated employees.” These pro-worker measures have each been stalled by Republican leadership.




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MI-ECONOMY

C.A.R.E.S. Act

Summary of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.




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MI-HEALTHCARE

ALERT:  FCC Funding Going Fast!  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program

As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated funds to the FCC for a $200M Telehealth program. Through the “COVID-19 Telehealth Program”, the FCC will provide immediate support to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers to enable connected care services to patients at home or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will “fully fund” telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services “until the funding is exhausted or until the current pandemic has ended.”




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MI-Environment

Republicans Jeopardize Michigan's Water

Michigan Democrats have been working on bills to clean drinking water, hold corporate polluters responsible, end the Line 5 Pipeline threat to the Great Lakes, and fix infrastructure. However, the will of the people has been obstructed by anti-environmental House and Senate Republican majorities, funded by industries responsible for much of the corporate pollution.  As a result, the fundamental human right to clean, safe drinking water is being held hostage by simple Republican majorities in the Michigan Legislature. Read the details in our new paper on safeguarding Michigan's water.


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MI-LEGISLATURE

GOP Guts Citizen-led Initiatives

An overview of the controversial practice by the Michigan Republican Party of “adopt and amend” to subvert recent citizen-led initiatives of the state—suppressing the majority’s will through exceedingly undemocratic political maneuvering. The GOP recently gutted the minimum wage increase as well as new paid leave protections, both initiatives approved by Michigan voters.



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MI-LEGISLATURE

MICHIGAN LEGISLATIVE REPORT

The Michigan legislature has been dominated by Republicans who are heavily financed by party-affiliated PACs and corporations.

This in-depth analysis of recent legislation below includes legislation that has become the GOP mainstay in recent years. The GOP has become the “anti” party (anti-environment, anti-workers’ rights, anti-public education, anti-affordable health care, anti-reproductive rights, anti-immigration, and more).

With both legislative chambers in Michigan held by Republicans, Republicans have been routinely slamming through regressive legislation by corrupting the citizen initiative process.

Read our new report for more details.

2020 Michigan Legislative Report    -   March 11, 2020

2018 Michigan Legislative Report    -   Aug 21, 2018



Pennsylvania




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PA-Reproductive rights

More burdensome restrictions in PA

Democrats have long fought to preserve a woman's right to make decisions about her own body, which includes access to abortion. Conversely, many Republicans would like to completely outlaw abortions. This short paper discusses the existing restrictions in Pennsylvania and provides recent examples of Republican-sponsored bills that seek to further curtail access to abortion.




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PA-EDUCATION

"Worst charter school law in the U.S."

The Pennsylvania Auditor General has said “Our charter school law is simply the worst charter school law in the United States.”   PA Charter schools are not held to the same level of accountability and transparency in their management and student outcomes compared to traditional public schools. It has been estimated that $290 million in unneeded funding is received by charters every year to the detriment of traditional public schools. Find out more in the Charter School Funding, Outcomes, and Accountability paper.




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PA-EDUCATION

Complete Overhaul Needed for PA Education Funding Structures

High quality primary and secondary school education is in everyone’s best interests. While it is expensive to fund education, it costs society in multiple ways when schools receive inadequate funding and underperform, which results in some students dropping out. Pennsylvania schools are falling short. There is vast inequality not just in the funds available for different school districts but in how funds are allocated. In addition, mandated expenses such as pensions and charter school costs are bleeding many districts dry. This report provides an overview of these problems.

Talking Points: K-12 Education Funding                 June 24, 2020




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PA-HEALTH CARE

US Depends on Foreign Manufacturing of Drugs

The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is a global enterprise. The majority of drugs are manufactured in other countries or use important ingredients from other countries. Approximately 70% of the 100 most-popular brand-name medications are foreign-made. Generic drugs comprise about 90% of all prescriptions dispensed in the US, and 80% of generic drugs use active ingredients from other countries.

US Dependence on Foreign Manufacturing of Drugs          June 21, 2020



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PA-ECONOMY

C.A.R.E.S. Act

Summary of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.



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PA-HEALTHCARE

Prescription Drug Pricing

The high cost of prescription drugs is a serious concern for all Americans.

Americans pay the highest drug prices in the world.

The causes of the increases in prescription drug prices are incredibly complicated, as is solving this problem, because of the lobbying power of the multiple major players involved.

Pennsylvania Democratic legislators have introduced numerous bills to improve transparency and oversight in the complex interactions hiding the profiteering in drug pricing. Read our paper to learn more.

Talking Points     -    July 11, 2020 

Prescription Drug Pricing    -   June 1, 2020



PA-ECONOMY

PA Republicans keep stiffing workers

Wage theft is not just a failure to treat workers fairly. It is a set of violations of federal and state laws committed by unscrupulous employers to underpay employees. Pennsylvania workers  statewide lose between $19 million and $32 million in unpaid wages in just one type of wage theft. Republican majorities in the state House and Senate have repeatedly stymied efforts by Democrats to amend or replace the laws that address wage theft in Pennsylvania.

Talking Points: Wage Theft         June 11, 2020




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ALERT:  FCC Funding Going Fast!  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program

As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated funds to the FCC for a $200M Telehealth program. Through the “COVID-19 Telehealth Program”, the FCC will provide immediate support to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers to enable connected care services to patients at home or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will “fully fund” telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services “until the funding is exhausted or until the current pandemic has ended.”




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PA-ECONOMY

Employee Misclassification Harms PA Workers

Workers in America have less power now than decades ago, and they also have less clout than their counterparts in other wealthy industrial nations. One way they are taken advantage of is by falsely being labeled as independent contractors instead of as employees. The default classification for workers is to be employees; only if specific criteria are met can a worker be an independent contractor. Misclassified workers are generally paid less and lose many worker protections.

Talking Points:  PA-Misclassified Workers    June 19, 2020

PA-Misclassified Workers            May 28, 2020



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PA-HEALTHCARE

Going to Work Sick in Pennsylvania

In 2019, Democrats introduced three bills in Pennsylvania’s legislature proposing statewide paid sick leave: SB 13, HB 169 and HB 998. The Republican-led Labor and Industry Committees put all on hold indefinitely. HB 169 aptly described the benefits of a “healthier and more productive workforce.” HB 998 was introduced as part of a “People Above Profits” legislative packet. This catchy phrase ignores research showing that companies offering these benefits are more profitable and create a healthier workplace.



PA-LEGISLATURE

Pennsylvania: Sold to the Highest Bidder

The Outsize Influence of Right-wing Conservative Dark Money and ALEC

The trend towards privatization comes from the outsized power that one constituency—business—has in influencing legislation. A national organization, called the American Legislative Exchange Council (commonly referred to as ALEC), has had a huge impact on new state laws. ALEC writes "model" legislation, which is then given to state lawmakers who sponsor it. ALEC-drafted legislation seeks to increase business profits, weaken environmental protections, privatize public entities such as schools and prisons, and infrastructure, and promotes conservative social causes at the expense of the general public.

Talking Points: Sold to the Highest Bidder     -   June 25, 2020

PA Sold to the Highest Bidder     -   April 25, 2020, Rev June 25, 2020


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PA-LEGISLATURE

Pennsylvania LEGISLATION REPORT

This summary report includes legislation that has become Republican mainstays in recent years. Voting in lockstep on issues, the GOP bloc in the Pennsylvania House and Senate has imposed an agenda at odds with the views of the general population. This analysis of recent legislation reveals a disconnect between GOP politicians’ priorities and the issues of greatest concern to their constituents. Republicans are now the “anti” party (anti-environmental regulations, anti-public education, anti-affordable health care, anti-social assistance programs, anti-reproductive rights, anti-immigration, anti-gay rights, anti-gun safety, etc.)

Read our report for more details.

Pennsylvania Legislative Report    -   March 31, 2020


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PA-EDUCATION

Student Loan Debt in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania college students and their families are being crippled with debt. Ranked 48th of 51 states with the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania has one of the highest student debt burdens that will continue to compound unless legislators take preemptive steps to avoid potential insolvency across the state. Pennsylvania is absolutely lagging behind in efforts to address the student debt problem, although it has not been for lack of trying on the part of Democratic legislators. Despite repeated attempts to mitigate the student loan crisis, bills proposed by Pennsylvania legislators have failed numerous times, lacking the support required of a Republican-controlled statehouse.

Student Loan Debt in Pennsylvania     -    March 20, 2020


 

2019


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VA-Healthcare

HB 2411: Republican Efforts to Undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

In 2017, the Trump Administration, along with Republicans in the U.S. Congress, pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2010 federal law that expanded access to affordable health insurance. Following repeated attempts to gut ACA protections, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates introduced HB 2411, a bill that would have rolled back health insurance regulations to the pre-ACA status quo.

Read our paper for more detail

Guttng the Affordable Care Act  -  June 24, 2019


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VA-CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change and Green Jobs in Virginia

Dealing with climate change is difficult. But as a state particularly vulnerable to climate impacts, Virginia can lead the way. Solving climate change means creating clean energy jobs, investing in rural economies, and prioritizing people’s health, homes, and livelihoods. A multifaceted approach is needed to make the state more resilient. To show climate leadership, Virginia can promote innovation in five ways:

  • Increase targets for requiring renewable energy
  • Kickstart energy-efficiency investment
  • Invest in clean cars and transit systems
  • Control short-lived climate pollutants
  • Ensure that all people – from fishing economies to historically marginalized communities – have the tools to adapt to climate change.

Read our paper for more details:

Climate Change  -  Sep 21, 2019


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VA-ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Efficiency in Virginia

Energy efficiency is the cheapest and most achievable way to meet Virginia’s energy needs and address the threat of climate change. Yet historically Virginia has lagged below the national average in energy efficiency spending and energy savings. That poor performance can be directly attributed to resistance from Virginia’s predominant utility, Dominion Energy.

Energy Efficiency -  Sep 21, 2019

Talking Points - Energy Efficiency -  Oct. 7, 2019


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VA-ECONOMY and JOBS

Retraining for Solar Jobs in Virginia

Virginia has lost many coal industry jobs due to the 45% decline in Appalachian production in recent years. There are larger labor needs in the solar industry than in coal’s current use of large scale automation and shrinking employment opportunities, i.e. solar requires more labor input, thus creating more jobs.

Solar Jobs -  Aug. 29, 2019


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VA-LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy Bans

Conversion therapy is a practice or treatment seeking to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including eliminating sexual attractions toward individuals of the same sex. The American Psychiatric Association in 1973 removed homosexuality from the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, declared that no reliable evidence exists that conversion therapy works and opposed conversion therapy as unethical. Yet the Republicans continue to push for this harmful therapy.

LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy-  Aug. 29, 2019


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VA-INFRASTRUCTURE

Rural Broadband

Much of VA is Underserved

The most recent data from Gov. Northam’s “Commonwealth Connect” report indicates 660,000 homes and businesses lack access to broadband, with the highest concentrations in Southern Virginia and the Appalachians. Read our report to understand what the Virginia Legislature is doing to bring high speed internet to rural communities.

Rural Broadband Talking Points -  Aug. 18, 2019 


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VA-Economy

Minimum Wage in Virginia

The minimum wage for most workers in Virginia is $7.25 per hour. This puts full-time minimum wage workers below the federal poverty level. When their paychecks fail to cover basic living expenses, workers must use public assistance. Thus, the public is subsidizing businesses that do not pay their employees a living wage. Virginia Democrats have been leading the fight for an increased minimum wage.


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VA-Economy

Wage Theft in Virginia

The Economic Policy Institute reports that wage theft, “the practice of employers failing to pay workers the full wages to which they are legally entitled, is a widespread and deep-rooted problem that directly harms millions of U.S. workers each year.”[1] Wage theft harms all Virginians. Read our report to learn what the Democrats in the state legislature are doing to solve the problem.


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VA-Economy

Workers' Compensation in Virginia

Workers’ compensation insurance provides monetary benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. This no-fault system, however, is in critical need of reform, as a considerable percentage of eligible workers are either denied the cash and medical payments they deserve or don’t apply for benefits at all.

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VA-Economy

Employee Misclassification in Virginia

Worker misclassification is the practice of falsely labeling employees as independent contractors. It is a flagrant violation of workers’ rights and protections in Virginia and across the country and robs the state and federal government of much-needed revenue. In some industries, up to 40% of employers misclassify their employees. Read more about how this practice affects workers and Virginia.


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VA-Politics

The GOP Legislative Low-Lights of the 2018 and 2019 Sessions

With thousands of bills proposed every session, much of the legislating occurs behind closed doors, within committees. This is our topic-by-topic summary of almost every awful bill proposed and every great bill killed in the past legislative session.

New: Updated with 2019 session bills


VA-Economy

Labor Unions

Labor unions were formed to fight for workers’ rights to higher wages, safer working conditions, and health benefits, all of which still resonate with wage labor challenges in today’s gig economy. Yet listening to conservative spokespersons today, “right to work” proponents advocate anti-union policy under the guise of First Amendment free speech, when in fact their goal is to silence workers protected by those same unions. Read more about Democrats' efforts to protect workers' rights. more


VA-Economy

Rural Poverty

The state’s rural areas—Appalachia, Southside and the Eastern Shore—trail in measures of community and personal wellbeing. Published by the Virginia State Health Commissioner, the Virginia Plan for Well-Being (2016-2020) is a comprehensive five-year initiative that highlights strategies for improving health and well-being among urban and rural communities by 2020. In addition to the work conducted by public and private organizations, legislators can play a key role by paying closer attention to the unique needs of the rural population. more


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VA-Economy

Education-Business Partnerships

To participate in the competitive global economy, our educational institutions have to transition away from academic-only emphases to a model encompassing career and life readiness as well as traditional academics. The way forward must include and involve the industries and businesses that drive the new economy. more


VA-Education

Higher Education Funding

The cost of a college education over the last thirty years has increased in the staggering amounts. Average college costs grew eight times faster than average wages from 1989 to 2016. For the 2016-2017 academic year, overall state funding for two- and four-year public colleges was nearly $9 billion below the level in 2008, adjusted for inflation.. more


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K-12 Education Funding

Teacher pay in Virginia has been among the lowest in the nation. In 2018, when adjusted for inflation, Virginia’s teachers made on average 4.5 percent less than they did ten years prior. Read our new report on the efforts of Democrats to make progress  toward alleviating the teacher pay issue in Virginia. more


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VA-Marijuana

Marijuana Legalization Legislation

The war on drugs has cost an estimated one trillion dollars. For over four decades, states have enforced draconian drug policies, perpetuating vicious cycles of poverty, addiction, and mass incarceration, while producing little to no reduction in drug usage rates. In recent years, many states have begun to recognize that the most effective way to combat substance abuse is to frame the issue as a public health crisis, rather than one involving the criminal justice system. This realization has led state legislators to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. more


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VA-Economy

Affordable Housing

There is an urgent need in the U.S. today to resolve the glaring disparity between housing demand and housing supply. Democratic lawmakers in Virginia and around the country have been pushing for solutions to the affordable housing crisis. more


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VA-Healthcare

Prescription Drug Pricing

Prescription drug pricing is incredibly complicated and is made all the more so by the lobbying power of the multiple major players involved. The State of Virginia spent $707 million on prescription drugs in FY 2015. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) identified options for states to help to lower or reduce healthcare costs. The long process to get things under control needs to begin by taking back Democratic control of the State House and State Senate so that regulatory bills can make it out of committee.

New: Prescription Drug Legislation July 26, 2019


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VA-Gun Violence

Gun Violence Prevention

Every 10 hours, a person is killed with a gun in Virginia in cases that involve suicide, domestic violence, accidental shootings, or interpersonal disputes. Virginia’s gun laws are among the weakest in the country. Read our report to understand what can be done to prevent gun violence. It starts with voting Democrat in 2019.


VA-Healthcare

Abortion and Trigger Laws

Virginia is among the states with highly restrictive abortion laws. Abortion Trigger laws bypass potential legal conflict by not challenging Roe v. Wade, but by putting in place an immediate and automatic ban on abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned. It's critical that Democrats be elected in 2019 to safeguard a woman's right to body autonomy.


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VA-Human Rights

Equal Rights Amendment

During the three decades Republican Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights, HD66) has served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1989-present), he has done little, if anything, to support women’s rights, specifically withholding his support for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). By not forcing a vote to the floor and upholding the negative vote by the Republican-run subcommittee that he selected to consider the resolution, Cox essentially kept Virginia—and the nation—from ratifying the ERA amendment.


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VA-POLITICS

The Dillon Rule

Under the Dillon Rule, authority flows from the state in allowing a local jurisdiction to make laws or regulations. There is no shortage of examples of the application of the Dillon Rule in Virginia that frustrate local jurisdictions.


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VA-Energy

Renewable Energy

Virginia lags behind its neighboring coastal states in both solar and wind energy production. Only 1% of Virginia’s total electricity output comes from solar energy and 0% from wind energy.Who stands in the way? Utility companies such as Dominion.

Renewable Energy Talking Points     May 17, 2019


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VA-inequality

The Racial Wealth Gap

The disparity in wealth in the U.S. is highand is growing. Since 1986, about half of all gains in wealth have gone to the top 0.1 percent of households. Racial minorities are especially affected by this, with typical black households possessing just 6 percent of the wealth of white households.


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VA-Environment

Virginia Under Water

Virginia is experiencing the highest rate of sea-level rise on the East Coast and one of the highest rates in the U.S. overall. Flooding from sea-level rise is projected to cause billions of dollars in damage and displace hundreds of thousands of people.


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VA-Opioids

The Growing Opioid Epidemic

In 2013, drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of unnatural deaths. Evidence of the growing crisis is the rise in emergency room visits for heroin overdoses, which rose 89 percent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in the previous year.


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VA-Politics

Gerrymandering: A Real Power Grab

There are more Democratic voters in Virginia than Republican, as shown in presidential, gubernatorial, and senatorial races in the commonwealth, yet Republicans hold a majority in both the state House and the state Senate. This is due to gerrymandering, when politicians choose their voters.


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VA-Politics

The Increased Youth Vote in Virginia

Virginia youth have turned out in increased proportions in the most recent midterm election in 2018. This follows and exceeds the national trend of increased youth voter turnout.


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VA-Politics

Virginia: Sold to the Highest Bidder

A collaboration of corporations, lobbyists, and legislators, ALEC works to block progressive legislation in every state, and Virginia is no exception.


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VA-Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Reform

Starting in the 1990s, Virginia has overemphasized the punitive aspects of justice without a concomitant effort towards rehabilitation. Republicans have shown little inclination to help former inmates who have served their sentences and completed post-release obligations take up productive lives. This is particularly true of the Republicans on the House of Delegates’ Courts of Justice Committee.


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VA-Education

How Republicans Block Educational Reforms

Since 2014, Rep. Steve Landes (R-HD25) has been the chair of the House Education Committee in the Virginia General Assembly. He has been unwilling to let progressive bills created by Democrats come to a vote, mirroring the approach of the Appropriations and Finance Committees. All three have reviewed bills that could have greatly improved the educational system of the Commonwealth–and then let them die.


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VA-LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Rights and Legislation

Protections on hold even as the culture changes. The Courts of Justice Committee in the House of Delegates (chaired by Rob Bell, R–HD58) killed every pro-LGBTQ+ bill in the 2018 session.


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VA-PIPELINES

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy and three other major energy companies are pushing to continue building a project laying a major gas pipeline across the state of Virginia with the potential for severe environmental, renewable energy, and social impacts.


2018

 

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Fl-LEGISLATIon

Florida 2018 Legislation review

The legislative record of Florida Republicans in the State House: a sad record of anti-immigrant, pro-charter schools, pro-guns, anti-environment, anti-LGBTQ, and against the expansion of Medicaid. 


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FL-SAFE GUN REGULATIONS

Florida’s Laws Are an Invitation to Gun Violence

Florida is reeling from its second mass shooting in three years with two of the ten worst mass murders in U.S. history. The Republican governor, Rick Scott, is proud of signing more pro-gun laws than any governor in history, including the 2011 revocation of cities’ rights to regulate guns in parks and hospitals. Scott intends to sign any future bill allowing guns on school campuses. The NRA has donated to many Republican state candidates; and Congressional representatives from Florida voted unanimously in 2017 in the House and Senate to weaken gun registration restrictions on the mentally ill. read more …


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FL-Voting RIGHTS

Republicans are Taking Away Your Right to Vote in Florida

After the “hanging chads” debacle in Florida during the 2000 presidential election, one would think that Florida, with its long history of voter disenfranchisement, would take painstaking care to address election-related issues and ensure equal access for all citizens to vote.  But one would be wrong.  Far from addressing these issues, Florida Republicans doubled down on the false narrative of pervasive election fraud, using it as an excuse to tighten up voter eligibility requirements while simultaneously continuing to purge voter rolls, making it more difficult for Democratic-leaning minority populations to vote. read more …


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FL-INFRASTRUCTURE

Florida’s Infrastructure in Disarray

“Infrastructure” is a more encompassing term than we might think. Of course, it includes bridges, roads, and public transit, but there are other vital areas of infrastructure such as drinking water, the energy grid, schools, and coastal areas. Unfortunately, in virtually all areas, Florida’s infrastructure is inadequate and fails to meet the needs of a fast-growing population. As rising temperatures and sea levels, increasingly intense storms, and financial inequality and instability have come to define life for many of Florida’s citizens, the government must address the state’s failing infrastructure.

Current Republican leadership touts its funding of infrastructure and environmental projects. However, this funding, falls short of the amounts experts and advocates state is required, and pales in comparison to what a Democratic-held state house and governor's mansion provided previously. State leadership needs to act in order to stop the irreparable damage that is being done to Florida’s families, communities, and businesses. read more …


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MI-HEALTH CARE

WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE-MICHIGAN

Although abortion is still legal in the United States, Michigan Republicans have been passing state-level legislation that has chipped away incrementally at women’sreproductive rights. By passing legislation restricting access to abortion, the legislature has effectively limited not only a woman’s right to choose, but also her access to contraception and healthcare in generalread more …


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MN-HEALTH CARE

WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE- MINNESOTA

4 Sentence Overview

Minnesota House Republicans have put forth 5 bills restricting abortion over the past two years. Three were vetoed and two didn’t make it to a vote. With the recent appointment of two conservative Supreme Court Justices, abortion’s legality could be left up to the states as early as 2020. The governor and state House elected in November, as well as the Senate already in place, will have the power to make the decision for Minnesota.


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MN-EDUCATION

MINNESOTA EDUCATION FUNDING

To balance the budget in 2009, the Pawlenty administration withheld state aid to Minnesota's local school districts. Pawlenty’s unprecedented executive order withheld $1.2 billion in state aid. By the time Governor Mark Dayton took office, the schools were in the hole by an unprecedented amount. read more …


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MI-EDUCATION

REPUBLICANS FAILING TEACHERS

Michigan would like to be a top 10 education state, but by nearly all measures, the state’s schools are closer to the bottom than the top of our nation’s school rankings. The Rand Corporation’s research says that teachers are the single most important factor in improving student achievement, and yet Republicans in Michigan are undermining teachers.  read more …

Michigan appalling education funding - 4-sentence overview


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FL-ANTI-LGBTQ

FLORIDA DISCRIMINATION

4 Sentence Summary
The Republican-controlled Florida House has passed bills to allow churches to decline marriage services to same-sex couples and permitted a bill banning conversion therapy of minors to die twice since 2016. The legislature has also refused to adopt the Competitive Workforce Act which bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, despite the support of citizens and businesses alike. Vote for Democratic lawmakers that fight against discrimination and for equal rights for all.

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MI-ENVIRONMENT

PFAS CONTAMINATION

While the infamous Flint water crisis is still under remediation, a new water contamination crisis is hitting communities throughout Michigan. And it’s not as if state authorities didn’t have plenty of warning. read more …


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MI-Economy

Equitable Pay and the Wage Gap

Welcome to a woman’s reality in the workforce, where the same or even better levels of effort are rewarded with consistently lower pay. Women in Michigan combined lose nearly $23 billion every year due to the pay gap and that is just one of many statistics detailing the harsh impact of lost wages based on the gender pay gap.  read more …


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MI-Economy

Michigan Unemployment

4-Sentence Overview

The unemployment rate in Michigan is 4.1% (August 2018), the lowest it has been since November 2000 when it was 4%(1), but that doesn’t tell the whole story about trends in our state. Over 200,000 Michiganders are still out of work. (1) 45,000 have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks (2) and 172,000 are working part-time but want to be working full-time(2). Republicans are taking credit for gains set in motion during the Obama era while doing little to help the long-term unemployed and underemployed.

Sources:

https://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet

http://milmi.org/Portals/198/LMN_0918.pdf?ver=2018-09-24-132639-677


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MN-Politics

Legislative Record for Minnesota House Republicans

A look at an incumbent's votes is crucial for understanding the legislator's priorities and positions. Their web sites and public statements can be at odds with how they actually vote. A discussion of some of the general voting themes for House Republicans follows. The GOP has become the “Anti” party (anti-environmental regulations, anti-public education, anti-affordable health care, anti-social assistance programs, anti-reproductive rights, anti-immigration, anti-gay rights, anti-gun safety and more). more …


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MI-Education

Michigan’s Broken School System

School choice advocates, led by Betsy DeVos, unleashed one of the most aggressive and unregulated charter school experiments ever on Michigan. According to their theory, competition among charter and public schools would spur innovation in instructional practices, which would improve statewide educational outcomes. Instead, school rankings, on average, remain in the bottom third of the nation. While the rest of the states have enjoyed gains in educational outcomes, the improvements in Michigan have not kept pace. more …


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MI-POLITICS

ALEC Legislation—State GOP Gets Marching Orders

Corporations and wealthy individuals directly influence laws by operating and funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC sponsors task forces and conferences where legislators and business leaders write bills. Then ALEC matches bills with legislators willing to sponsor them. Goals include increasing profits, privatizing public resources and services, and passing preemption laws that prevent cities from addressing problems locally.    more …


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FL-HOUSING

Republicans pillaging Affordable Housing Fund

Florida has the third highest homeless population in the nation. The elderly are at particular risk. The Sadowski Fund was set up to address affordable needs through a tax on real estate transactions. 2018 marks the 11th consecutive year that Republican legislators have taken from housing funds to pay for other programs. More than $2 billion from the fund has been used for purposes other than affordable housing.     more …


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FL-Education

Florida's Abysmal Teacher Pay

According to the Florida Education Association, from 2009-2018 (6 years of which Perry was in the Florida House of Representatives and 2 years of which he was in the Florida Senate), average teacher pay (K-12) in Florida decreased 12.2% in inflation-adjusted dollars. It is now 17% lower than the national average.. more …


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MN-INFRASTRUCTURE

Minnesota’s ROADS TO RUIN

Minnesota’s roads are vital infrastructure that allows personal and commercial traffic to operate safely and efficiently. These same roads and highways, however, are decaying rapidly due to years of being underfunded. Ignoring a problem does not make it simply go away, yet the Republican-controlled state House seems to think it will. The Legislature controls the purse strings for the state’s transportation system. It is apparent that this goal cannot be met as long as the Republicans control the Legislature. more …


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MN-BUDGET

Minnesota’s REPUBLICAN Pickpockets

For several legislative sessions, particularly the rancorous 2018 gathering, the Republican majority has been practicing a fiscal sleight-of-hand. They are doing this even though Minnesota is expected to enjoy a $329 million budget surplus. Having that 1 percent surplus hasn’t kept Republicans from trying to use special state funds set aside for a particular purpose to pay instead for basic needs.

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MI-LEGISLATION

REPUBLICAN LEGISLATIVE RECORD

Voting in lockstep on issues, the Republican bloc in the Michigan State House of Representatives has imposed an agenda on Michigan that does not represent the views of the general population. An in-depth analysis of recent legislation reveals a lack of connection between GOP politicians and issues of deep concern to their constituents in virtually every district in the state. The GOP has become the “Anti” party (anti-environmental regulations, anti-public education, anti-affordable health care, anti-social assistance programs, anti-reproductive rights, anti-immigration, anti-gay rights, anti-gun safety and more).

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MI-TRANSPORTATION

Michigan Deteriorating Roads

4 Sentence Overview

The GOP’s 2019 budget allocates $1 billion for road improvements.(1), less than half of what is needed to fix and maintain state roads. 25% of Michigan’s most travelled roads are in poor condition, another 52% are in fair condition but need routine upkeep and maintenance(2). An independent study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy found that $3 billion in annual contributions is needed to bring all of Michigan’s roads to fair or better condition(2).

Sources:

https://www.mackinac.org/S2018-10

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/budget/FY19_Exec_Budget_613184_7.pdf


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FL-Environment

Lake Okeechobee and the Blue-Green Algae Problem

The pollution in Lake Okeechobee in central Florida that results in blue-green algae blooms presents serious public health and economic problems, producing dangerous toxins that affect residents of five counties.  more ...


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FL-Gun Protections

Florida Firearm deaths

4 Sentence Overview

Florida has the 3rd highest number of annual firearm deaths of all states (2,704 in 2016) according to the last count by the CDC. In 2018 alone, there have been four incidents of gunfire on school grounds, including the deadly Parkland school shooting where 17 people lost their lives and another 17 were injured. Despite these stark statistics, most Republican legislators are in support of open and concealed carry laws, guns allowed on college campuses, and arming teachers. Common sense gun laws are needed to protect Floridians.

Sources:

https://everytownresearch.org/gunfire-in-school/

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/firearm_mortality/firearm.htm


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MI-POLITICS

The DeVos Effect: Meddling with Michigan

For the past four decades, Betsy and Dick DeVos have been using their significant wealth and connections to influence politics in Michigan, and rarely for the better. Their national identity peaked in 2017 when Betsy was named President Trump’s Secretary of Education, but this is hardly the family’s first interaction with the relationship between questionable ethics, wealth, and politics.  more ...


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MI-POLITICS

Michigan Honest and Open government

4-sentence Overview

Michigan is the only state in the US where citizens do not have the power to compel their governor, lieutenant governor, legislators, or justices to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. While the Michigan House passed the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) to extend FOIA to legislators, the bill was stalled in committee, where Republican Majority Leader Meekhof vowed to bury it.

In contrast, House Democrats are pushing for transparency, sponsoring four bills in July 2018 that require candidates and individuals serving in judicial, legislative, executive, or educational statewide elected offices to file annual financial disclosure reports.

Sources:

https://miopengov.org/2018/03/20/sunshine-week-michigan-stronger-foia-laws-lora/

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2018/07/09/21942/michigan-state-integrity


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MN-Environment

Strategic Metals Mining

Iron mining has been a prominent industry in northeastern Minnesota since the late 1800’s, but the mining of heavier metals–copper, nickel, and strategic metals such as gold, cobalt, platinum and palladium–has never taken hold. Two mining companies are attempting to get permits to mine and process those metals. Read further for the pros and cons of the issue.   more ...


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MN-Environment

The 3M Contamination Settlement Controversy

Minnesota sued manufacturing giant 3M for environmental damage caused by waste chemicals, known by the class name of perfluorocarbons, or PFCs, which have dispersed into a 100-square-mile plume in the groundwater.  more ...


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FL-Transportation

Interstate 4 and the Elusive High Speed Rail

Florida’s I-4 is an outdated and dangerous highway unsuited for the contemporary volume of commuters and tourists that are currently utilizing it, many of whom have a significant amount of power in choosing the nation’s president. While the state is working to improve sections of the interstate, what is really needed is an alternative to driving, a high-speed rail alternative (paid for by the Federal Government) that has consistently been shot down by Republican legislators to the detriment of Florida’s commuters, taxpayers, and economy. more ...


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MN-Politics

Minnesota: Sold to the highest bidder

Privatization that has become increasingly common across states is a result of the outsized power that one constituency—corporate interests—has to influence legislation. But corporations, whose primary motive is profit, don't necessarily consider the societal costs of their actions. We need a society that benefits the majority, not just a few wealthy individuals and corporations.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly referred to as ALEC, and controlled by a few wealthy individuals and corporations, has had a huge impact on laws passed within the states. Its impact comes from writing "model" legislation, which is then given to lawmakers who sponsor it. This has resulted in nearly identical bills being passed in many different states. more ...


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FL-Education

Florida Republicans Attack Public Education

There is a Republican-led onslaught against public education in Florida. Not only has funding for successful college scholarship programs been cut, new measures are proposed to further gut public school funding by promoting charter schools in their stead. GOP measures are also proposing to remove long-standing restrictions against the use of public monies to fund private-, sectarian- and religion-based schools.


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FL-Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise

Scientists predict that sea level will rise nearly 7 feet by the year 2100 if no action is taken to address climate change. By that time, 90 coastal communities in Florida will experience chronic inundation, which means that 10% or more of a community’s land area will be flooded by high tides an average of 26 times annually (every other week). The area affected will be much greater than 10% in most of those communities; and some will virtually disappear under water.


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FL-Energy

Renewable Energy

While the Sunshine State is home to balmy beaches and sunny skies, its state of renewable energy production and consumption is dismal. Controlled by the Republican Party in the House and Senate for over 20 years, Democratic initiatives to launch energy-saving measures that would capitalize on the state’s natural solar and renewable resources have been overruled by the GOP, the same party funded by the utility companies.


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MI-HEALTHCARE

Michigan Opioid Epidemic

4-Sentence Overview

Between February 2017 and February 2018, 2,570 people died from opioid related overdoses in Michigan. While the 10-bill bipartisan package passed in December 2017 enacted new limits on prescribers of opioids and provided for prevention education in schools, it falls short in addressing the growing crisis according to the Michigan State Medical Society. Michigan currently has the sixth lowest number of healthcare providers who can prescribe medication to treat opiate addiction (such as buprenorphine) – a problem that is not being addressed by the legislature. There is much more to be done before anyone can claim any kind of victory over this out-of-control epidemic.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm

https://www.msms.org/About-MSMS/News-Media/michigans-opioid-epidemic-and-recent-prescribing-legislation-8

https://www.bridgemi.com/quality-life/michigan-falls-short-frontline-treatment-opioid-crisis


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FL-Healthcare

Medicaid Expansion

Expanding Medicaid will improve the health of Floridians and their economy!


 

2017

VA-Climate Change

Virginia Under Water

A study by Old Dominion University predicts that vast areas of Virginia will be underwater due to climate change. Scientists are predicting a rise of up to 7½ feet by the year 2100. Many communities in Virginia will experience chronic flooding, which means 10% or more of its land area will be flooded by high tides an average of 26 times per year (every other week).  Read here to find out what needs to be done now.


Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Reform

Starting in the 1990s, Virginia has overemphasized the punitive aspects of justice without a concomitant effort towards rehabilitation. Here is a look at some of the issues that characterize criminal justice in the United States and in Virginia — with a focus on those that the Republican-led House of Delegates has done little to tackle.


Gun Safety

Gun Safety Regulations

Every 10 hours, a person is killed with a gun in Virginia in cases that involve suicide, domestic violence, accidental shootings or interpersonal disputes. Two-thirds of Virginians support a law to limit the purchase of guns to one/month according to a Quinnapac poll released in April 2017. It’s time to close the loopholes and keep firearms out of the hands of ineligible buyers.


Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency

Virginia residents have the 10th highest electricity bills in the nation. Large additional rates are imposed for building new power plants that would be unneeded if Virginia implemented higher energy efficiency standards. But Virginia ranks 33rd out of 50 states on the effectiveness of their energy efficiency policies and programs. Virginia lags far behind the rest of the nation because the Republican-controlled state legislature has not imposed regulations forcing utilities to implement energy efficiency programs or meet energy savings targets.


Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

The Republican legislature has repeatedly voted against expanding solar energy credits and net-metering to residents and small businesses, favoring corporations and utilities, even extending tax credits to earth-killing coal companies. More than a dozen clean energy bills were introduced but were killed in committee in deference to the utility companies.


Racial Inequality

The Racial Wealth Gap

Since 1986, about half of all gains in wealth have gone to the top 0.1 percent of households. Racial minorities are especially affected by this with typical black households possessing just 6% of the wealth of white households and the typical Latino household having just 8% of the wealth that a white household has. Read our report to find out why racial disparity exists in America and Virginia.


Ethics

Campaign Finance Disparity

Big corporate donors in Virginia clearly favor Republicans at the district voting level. Do VA Democrats really want to live in a state paid for by corporations?


Healthcare

Medicaid Expansion

Republicans denied 400,000 Virginians access to healthcare, refused $2 billion in federal funds and 15,000 good jobs.


Healthcare

Opioid Crisis in Virginia

Opioid body count rises. Virginia Republicans deny 400,000 access to treatment. more information . . .


Voting Rights

Gerrymandering

Stop Republican manipulation of districts to stay in power and enact a right-wing agenda!


Education

Democrats work to Strengthen Schools

Elect Democrats to improve teacher pay, offer career and technical education options, and provide age-appropriate evidence-based classes in family life and consent.


Economy

Democrats Support Living Wages

Vote Democrat to get legislation to raise the minimum wage passed.


Economy

Inequity Waits in Virginia

In Virginia, $2.13/hour is the mandatory wage a restaurant must pay a waiter or waitress who gets tips. The VA taxpayer supplements nearly half of food-service workers with assistance. Vote Democrat to change this broken system.


Voting Rights

Help Safeguard Voting Rights

Vote Democratic to ensure every eligible voter gets to vote. more information . . .


Economy

Expand Rural Broadband

Access to high speed broadband is critical for economic progress in rural communities.


LGBTQ

LGBTQ Discrimination

Republicans pass legislation to allow discrimination against LGBTQ and single parents.


Pipelines

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and The Mountain Valley Pipeline

Read Local Majority’s analysis of these complicated issues.


Economy

Proffer Bill: a Win for Developers

Should you pay higher taxes when a developer builds new homes?