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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.
Senior Fellow, Democracy
Acting Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy
Vice President of Research, Advocacy and Outreach
Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment
Director, Infrastructure Policy
Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy
Director, Public Health
Senior Director, Safety and Justice Campaign; Director, State and Local Government Affairs
Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project
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Juan Carter, outreach manager for the Giffords Center for Violence Intervention, explains how community violence intervention (CVI) programs take a holistic approach to public safety by investing in the long-term health and well-being of individuals affected by violence.
Feb 21, 2024
Chandler Hall, Nick Wilson, Hai-Lam Phan, 3 More
Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo, Matthew Gossage
Federal COVID-19 relief funding for child care stabilization grants ended in September 2023, but a number of states have stepped up this year to address the child care needs of working families.
In the NetChoice cases, the U.S. Supreme Court should slap down the 5th Circuit’s efforts to rewrite the First Amendment.
Feb 20, 2024
Devon Ombres, Nicole Alvarez
The lack of geographic balance on the policy boards that govern metropolitan planning organizations skews transportation investment decisions toward highway expansion and unsustainable land use.
Feb 15, 2024
The case is part of conservative activists’ efforts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting Americans from major polluters.
Feb 13, 2024
Jeevna Sheth, Chris Martinez, Devon Ombres
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the Hawaii Senate in support of S.B. 3243, a bill that would strengthen campaign-related spending disclosure requirements and limit political spending by U.S. corporations with appreciable foreign ownership.
Feb 9, 2024
This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report highlighting the use of federal investments from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to replace dangerous lead service lines and advance public health among vulnerable communities.
Feb 5, 2024
Jill Rosenthal, Allie Schneider, Hailey Gibbs, 1 More
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin offer lessons for how states can remove lead service lines and protect community health by maximizing the unprecedented opportunity provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Susan Lee, chief of strategy and policy at Chicago CRED, explains why gun violence is a modern-day civil rights issue and how community violence intervention (CVI) strategies must be part of any public safety strategy to address racial inequity and structural violence.
Feb 1, 2024
Nick Wilson, Chandler Hall, Hai-Lam Phan, 4 More
Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo, Madalyn Reagan, Matthew Gossage
KOREPlex is opening a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Arizona that will be operated by electrical hardware and automatic software made in the United States.
Jan 29, 2024
This grant provides funding for a project to rebuild a critical road in Laz Paz County, Arizona, in the Colorado Indian River Tribe Reservation.
Michigan Technical University is receiving funding to develop a better battery recycling and metal refining technology in partnership with the only nickel mine in the United States.
This grant provides funding for the replacement of diesel buses in Racine, Wisconsin, with 13 new electric buses and related infrastructure.
This $110 million grant provides funding for a project to rebuild the 60-year-old Alligator River Bridge in the North Carolina Outer Banks.
Reforms of state assessment systems could measure student learning more accurately and effectively, providing educators the information they need to close achievement gaps.
Jan 11, 2024
Denise Villamil, executive director of Southern California Crossroads, discusses how her own lived experience in a community with fewer opportunities has informed her holistic approach to community violence intervention.
Jan 3, 2024
Nick Wilson, Chandler Hall, Matthew Gossage, 4 More
Hai-Lam Phan, Madalyn Reagan, Toni Pandolfo, Ala Al Sadi
This webpage offers a list of resources that can help make the case for investments in child care and early learning at the state level.
Dec 14, 2023
the CAP Early Childhood Policy Team
This webpage provides a menu of state policy recommendations and examples of state policies to expand access to affordable, high-quality child care and preschool opportunities.
Anna Lovejoy, Hailey Gibbs
This webpage offers guidance on messaging and communications to promote child care and early childhood education in states.
Hailey Gibbs, Anna Lovejoy
This toolkit provides information and resources to help state policymakers advocate for increased investments in their state child care and early learning systems.
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Colorado on January 1, 2024.
Dec 13, 2023
Molly Weston Williamson
President Joe Biden has the opportunity to safeguard the ecologically sensitive lands of the Brooks Range in northwest Alaska from the threat of Ambler Road—a destructive path to a speculative mine that local communities have loudly opposed.
Partisan legislators in Wisconsin and North Carolina are aggressively erecting anti-democracy barriers to lock out a growing political majority and hinder America’s progress.
Dec 7, 2023
How Electoral System Reform Can Reduce Polarization, Increase Voters’ Choices, and Incentivize Bipartisan Policymaking
Nov 19, 2023
State Sen. Cathy Giessel, State Rep. Calvin Schrage, State Rep. Genevieve Mina, 1 More
This grant provides funding for a project to modernize and update safety features on Michigan Avenue, one of the most important downtown transportation corridors in Detroit, Michigan.
Nov 16, 2023
This investment provides funding to expand broadband connectivity for several Native American Tribes in Arizona.
The Port of Green Bay in Wisconsin has received funding to expand onto the site of a former power plant; the transformation includes the removal of coal piles and other items left from the power plant, and ships will be able to both load and unload cargo at the new port.
This grant provided the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation with the necessary funds to repair the Fern Hollow Bridge after its unexpected collapse.
This grant provided funding for the improvement of services and efficiency of TSA screening in the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania.
The Biden administration has the opportunity to champion conservation by strengthening protections in the Western Arctic to ensure the United States isn’t faced with another controversial Willow Project.
Nov 14, 2023
Sam Zeno, Jenny Rowland-Shea
Ohio’s Issue 1 ballot initiative to codify the legal status of abortion in the state constitution affects both abortion access and maternal mortality rates.
Nov 8, 2023
Sabrina Talukder, Tracy Weitz, Sara Estep, 3 More
Kierra B. Jones, Amina Khalique, Isabela Salas-Betsch
State policymakers are using innovation waivers through the Affordable Care Act to increase affordability and expand coverage access—and federal administrative action can support their efforts.
Oct 23, 2023
Chris Edge, a survivor-advocate from Washington, D.C., shares his story of triumph and why he credits a hospital-based violence intervention program with helping him become a leader in his community.
Oct 19, 2023
Nick Wilson, Chandler Hall, Hai-Lam Phan, 4 More
Matthew Gossage, Ashley Joo, Ronnie Rivera, Ala Al Sadi
Two states have enacted distinctive paid leave programs to expand coverage for certain self-employed workers.
Oct 11, 2023
Instead of supporting the expansion of I-35, Austin should redirect funds toward expanding public transportation to provide residents with robust alternatives to driving.
Oct 10, 2023
This grant provides funding for a project to improve and modernize PhilaPort in Philadelphia, the largest refrigerated port in the nation.
Oct 6, 2023
We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.
Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.
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