State and Local Policy

The Center for American Progress constantly strives to find meaningful solutions and pathways to promote progressive policy advancement at the state and local level. Our work focuses on locally driven solutions as well as the vast policy and communications expertise in the organization. We hope this research and data can help facilitate thoughtful debate among state and local leaders so that we can bring about progressive change in an ever-changing political landscape.

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Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Surface Transportation Offers a Model for Other States and the Nation Report
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Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Surface Transportation Offers a Model for Other States and the Nation

Colorado’s statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction mandate, and the associated planning rule from the state department of transportation, offers a model for how to effectively incorporate climate change mitigation into surface transportation planning and project selection.

Kevin DeGood, Michela Zonta

Investments in the State and Local Government Workforce Will Deliver Crucial Services and Create Economic Security Report
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Investments in the State and Local Government Workforce Will Deliver Crucial Services and Create Economic Security

As the American economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, declines in employment in state and local governments threaten the delivery of crucial services and the economic security of workers, particularly workers of color and women.

Delaware Will Benefit From a Permit-to-Purchase Law Report
Customer purchases a black gun, passing his ID/driver's license over the glass counter.

Delaware Will Benefit From a Permit-to-Purchase Law

While Delaware has already passed important bills to prevent gun violence, the state could take a major step forward by passing a permit-to-purchase law—a measure requiring a license to purchase a handgun.

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Marissa Edmund, Traci Manza Murphy

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