Rideshare pick up area; sign reads: “Lyft. Uber. Pickup Here.”

By: Terri Gerstein, Director, State and Local Enforcement Project, Harvard Labor and Worklife Program & Senior Fellow, Economic Policy Institute and Rebecca Smith; Director, Work Structures Portfolio at National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Proposition 22 was a California ballot initiative that passed in November. Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and other gig…


Structural barriers kept control of state legislatures largely the same, but multi-racial community coalitions succeeded in electing diverse candidates and passing progressive laws by ballot measure.

A group of people in silhouette in front of a projection of the American flag.
Photo by @sian_w via Twenty20

Partisan Control of State Legislatures Remains Largely Unchanged

In November 2020, nearly 6,000 of the nation’s 7,383 state legislative seats were up for election. Come January 2021, the partisan control of state legislatures will look almost identical to how they looked two years prior: of the 98 chambers that have partisan control, 59 are held by Republicans, 37…


A recent poll shows strong support for state investment in community health and economic security.

A recent poll surveying Americans in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart, shows voters’ strong support for: state investment in ensuring residents are safe, healthy, and economically secure; progressive solutions to revenue shortfalls; and…


A recent poll surveying voters in Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and conducted by TargetSmart, shows voters support policies to ensure accessible elections and a desire for more state investment to ensure people are economically secure.

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Voters Support Steps to Ensure Safe and Accessible Elections


The Supreme Court recently struck down a law in Louisiana that aims to shut down abortion clinics in June Medical Services v. Russo. …


Man with mask holding “I Voted Today” Sticker

A recent poll commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Michigan voters hold deep concerns over the risk that COVID-19 poses to their health and the impact on the economy. The poll showed that Michiganders believe that the government should play a constructive role in people’s economic lives.

The Role of Government in Issues Facing Michigan


The August 6th primary election is coming up and Tennessee voters have new options to make your voices heard! Most registered voters who do not wish to vote in-person due to COVID-19 can now request an absentee ballot.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot


This Q&A is from a State Innovation Exchange tweet chat featuring state legislators from across the country. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Above: Pride month anthems picked by state legislators who participated in the tweet chat

Who is the first out LGBTQ politician you remember?

FL Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith: Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan is the…


This Q&A is excerpted from a State Innovation Exchange telephone townhall featuring Colorado state legislators. Questions came from various Colorado residents and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

What is in the paid sick days legislation?

Senator Jeff Bridges: This is an earned sick days policy, meaning you will earn the benefit while working at a…


Photo of Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen by Jason Bean/Reno Gazette Journal

This Q&A with Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen was conducted by the State Innovation Exchange, and has been edited for length and clarity.

Can you tell us about your historic appointment to Nevada’s 10th district?

When I was appointed in December 2018, I became the first Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) person to serve in the Nevada Legislature. I am proud…

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