State Policy

Florida lawmaker warns North Carolina against controversial power plant financing plan   |   March 9, 2011
A Florida lawmaker recently wrote the governor of North Carolina warning her state against adopting a financing plan for new power plants that turned into a economic disaster for...

 

'Respect my Vote': Backlash grows against voter ID push   |   February 17, 2011
When Republicans launched campaigns in 20 states this year for laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, they likely saw it as a chance to score a quick political...

 

Kentuckians show love for the mountains with historic sit-in and march   |   February 14, 2011
This Valentine's Day marks the fourth day of a historic sit-in at the Kentucky governor's office calling for an end to mountaintop removal. Meanwhile, thousands of Kentuckians are...

 

How Texas conservatives are manipulating a budget crisis of their own creation   |   February 9, 2011
By Forrest Wilder, Texas Observer "While some are worried, conservatives should be excited. This challenge should be viewed as an opportunity." - Andrew Kerr, executive director...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The partisan fight over health care reform   |   February 3, 2011
Date on which President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act implementing comprehensive health care reform: 3/23/2010 Date when a group of state attorneys general filed...

 

Report: Voter ID law 'unaffordable' for North Carolina   |   February 2, 2011
Today, Facing South and the Institute for Southern Studies released an analysis [pdf] showing that a voter ID bill proposed by North Carolina Republicans could cost the state $20...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Starving the unions   |   January 27, 2011
Rate of union membership in the U.S. in 2010: 11.9 percent Number of years since the union membership rate was that low: 70 Number of U.S. workers who belonged to unions in 2010:...

 

Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission rulings under review for anti-worker bias   |   January 24, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission and its rulings will be the subject of a months-long review by the Joint Committee on Performance...

 

Scarce jobs and broke budgets: What can Southern states do?   |   January 19, 2011
If anyone needed evidence that the Great Recession is still reverberating through the economy, consider the situation state legislatures face as they come into session this month...

 

IKEA at center of labor rights controversy in Virginia   |   December 17, 2010
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest When my colleagues and I at Good Jobs First introduced the Subsidy Tracker database recently, our hope was that the information would be...

 

Georgia prisoner strike comes out of lockdown   |   December 16, 2010
By Kung Li Georgia prisoners came out of their cells today, ending the lockdown phase of the largest prison work strike in U.S. history. The coordinated, nonviolent action drew...

 

South Carolina's governor-elect targets unions with labor pick   |   December 16, 2010
By Corey Hutchins, Columbia Free Times When Gov.-elect Nikki Haley said her nominee to head up the state's labor agency will aid her in helping "fight the unions" -- and...

 

VOICES: Kentucky's investigation into coal company water violations should dig deeper   |   December 9, 2010
By Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices Last Friday the State of Kentucky announced that they had negotiated a $660,000 settlement with three coal companies over 2,765 water quality...

 

Housing aid won for Mississippi's low-income Katrina victims   |   November 16, 2010
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed over Mississippi's decision to divert federal funds meant for rebuilding low-income housing after Hurricane Katrina in order to...

 

Nuclear project cancellation leaves Georgia standing alone   |   October 11, 2010
Apparently even billions of dollars in loan guarantees from the federal government are not enough to help the nuclear industry overcome the financial risks of building new...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Debtors' prisons rise again in the South   |   October 6, 2010
The Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union released reports this week documenting the growing problem of criminal justice debt and the considerable...

 

Solar power now cheaper than nuclear in North Carolina   |   July 9, 2010
While the price of solar photovoltaic systems has been falling for decades, the cost of new nuclear plants has been climbing -- and a historic crossover point has been reached in...

 

ALTERNATIVES, BABY, ALTERNATIVES: How to win the offshore drilling debate   |   July 8, 2010
One of the most striking things we learned meeting with community leaders in the Gulf Coast recently is how deeply conflicted coastal residents are about offshore oil drilling....

 

Oil spill reveals dangers of deep water drilling   |   June 4, 2010
BP's attempts to tame an oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico have failed. With thousands of barrels of oil a day leaking into waters and washing ashore, the region is on the brink of...

 

VOICES: Obama sends in the border troops   |   May 28, 2010
By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer While conservatives have already started blaming President Obama for not allowing the National Guard to construct gun turrets on top of the...

 

State Policy Watch: Alabama and Kentucky close tough legislative sessions   |   May 20, 2010
NOTE: With state legislative sessions coming to a close, in the coming weeks Facing South will be offering reports on key policy decisions in Southern states. The following comes...

 

The Politics of Disaster: Will Gulf tragedy bring real change?   |   May 12, 2010
Today I was on WUNC North Carolina's excellent talk radio program The State of Things for a short segment on the politics of the Gulf oil disaster. If you missed it, go check out...

 

STILL, BABY, STILL? Some Southern leaders rethink offshore drilling in wake of disaster, but most stay the course   |   May 6, 2010
With oil still gushing from the site of BP's failed Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf -- a disaster that's now likely to eclipse the scale of the Exxon Valdez -- some politicians...

 

Another disaster waiting? Shell running "sister rig" in Gulf nearly identical to ill-fated Deepwater Horizon   |   May 3, 2010
the largest offshore oil drilling contractor in the world. Transocean has its roots in Birmingham, Ala., where it spun off from Sonat, Inc. in 1993. Today -- after a dizzying...

 

The new poverty   |   April 28, 2010
By Claudia Rowe, Equal Voice For much of her adult life, Tinsa Hall felt like she had it made, at least relative to where she'd been. She lived in a six-bedroom home on a wide,...