State of the Union 2015

The Center for American Progress believes in pragmatic solutions that create opportunity for all Americans. CAP has developed bold ideas that champion the common good and push for effective governance. In anticipation of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, here are some of the policies and related CAP work that could be highlighted in Tuesday's speech.

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Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean Report
A new day dawns as the season comes to a close for lobsterman Norman Haynes, 69, as he loads traps onto a trailer, October 19, 2012, in Falmouth, Maine. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean

A survey of New England fishermen testifies to the real-life effects of climate change and ocean warming on their region’s most historic industry.

Michael Conathan

The Changing Face of America’s Electorate Report
Destiny Davis plays a game on a cell phone as she waits for her mother to vote at Slater-Marietta Elementary School on Election Day, November 2012. (AP/Rainier Ehrhardt)

The Changing Face of America’s Electorate

Changing electoral demographics will have noticeable effects on the 2016 elections. In 2016, to win the presidency—as well as many U.S. Senate races—both parties will need to secure substantial support from voters of color.

Patrick Oakford

State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan Debt Report
Students protesting tuition hikes in the University of California system staged walkouts at multiple campuses, Berkeley, California, November 24, 2014. (AP/Jeff Chiu)

State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan Debt

To address states’ devastating budget cuts to public colleges ushered in by the Great Recession, the Center for American Progress proposes a new funding mechanism to improve college affordability and decrease student reliance on federal loans.

Elizabeth Baylor

One Strike and You’re Out Report
The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families. (iStockphoto)

One Strike and You’re Out

A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

Rebecca Vallas, Sharon Dietrich

A Great Recession, a Great Retreat Report
Royce Hall is seen at University of California, Los Angeles.

A Great Recession, a Great Retreat

Since the onset of the Great Recession, direct state investment in public universities and community colleges has declined. This report analyzes the retreat in funding in the 50 states and calls for a restored state-federal compact in postsecondary education to ensure that high-quality programs remain affordable and a central tenant of the American Dream.

David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, Antoinette Flores

The Middle-Class Squeeze Report

The Middle-Class Squeeze

America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

Jennifer Erickson

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