Women—particularly women of color—continue to make noteworthy gains at all levels of government, but bold policies and structural changes are still needed to reach gender parity in U.S. politics.
This report provides a road map for state and local policymakers working to create or strengthen prevailing wage laws, explains core features of prevailing wage legislation, and lifts up existing best practices from around the county.
States and cities can set minimum compensation standards for private sector employees that reference prevailing wage and benefit rates.
Even in the absence of congressional action, states can use TANF funds to support their residents who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A modernized Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) would be a useful tool to effectively address climate resilience and environmental racism in low-income communities of color.
Communities across the country have passed state and local ballot measures to increase public funding for early childhood services, demonstrating a path forward for federal action in 2021.
Progressive criminal justice policies fared well at the ballot box, with voters across the country approving critical reforms.
Policymakers may have concerns that comprehensive police reform would increase violent crime, but evidence from 10 jurisdictions runs counter to such a relationship.
Low-income residents in nonexpansion states face limited options for health coverage.
State and local elected officials are the key to ensuring that significant reforms are made to the criminal justice system.
As the child care market struggles to survive the impact of the pandemic, states can implement strategies to improve child care so that it better meets the needs of working families, children, educators, and employers.
A lot is at stake in the 2020 elections—and voter turnout among Americans with disabilities must be supported before and after the polls close.
Pro-worker advocates must advance strategies and policies that will ensure that all climate jobs are high-quality union jobs that make the economy more equitable.
Tackling climate change will require state and local action alongside federal policy change. State and local policymakers can ensure that good jobs are created in the new clean economy by focusing on five proven job-quality strategies.
This election, forward-looking businesses can provide an essential service to their communities—preserving the right to vote while also protecting their stakeholders from COVID-19.