Categories & Tags: State Policy

Undocumented protesters arrested at NC immigration hearing   |   March 1, 2012
By Ricky Leung, NC Policy Watch In response to being equated with criminals like they were drug dealers, members of the advocacy group NC DREAM Team interrupted Rep. George...

 

Wage war: Employers stealing millions from US workers   |   February 13, 2012
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice News Workers nationwide are losing millions of dollars each week to wage theft as their employers, some unscrupulous, others scrambling to keep their...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Feds block South Carolina's attack on voting rights   |   January 20, 2012
Date on which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a South Carolina rally protesting the state's law requiring residents to show a driver's license, passport or...

 

Art Pope's money drives NC legislature's anti-environmental turn   |   January 11, 2012
An environmental watchdog group released its scorecard this week for North Carolina's 2011 General Assembly, which broke the record for the most anti-environmental legislature...

 

Money for something   |   December 19, 2011
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "To empower job-creators, we must get rid of regulations that prevent them from growing and hiring. This means taking decision-making...

 

The corporate raid on state tax revenue   |   December 12, 2011
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest One of the usual canards of the corporate tax reduction crowd is that high U.S. rates force large companies to invest offshore instead of at...

 

VOICES: Dimming the lights in Mississippi   |   November 28, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- It was late at night, and my relatives were tired after their seven-hour journey from Pensacola, Fla. Within minutes came the...

 

The crisis of crisis pregnancy centers   |   October 25, 2011
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch (The source for these numbers is "The Truth Revealed: North Carolina's Crisis Pregnancy Centers," NARAL Pro-Choice North...

 

More cutbacks in legal services for the poor in the nation's poorest state   |   October 20, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Two years after the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services laid off workers, slashed wages up to 19 percent, and eliminated needed programs for the...

 

States will fight environmentalists over federal coal ash rules   |   October 18, 2011
Environmental advocates are facing new setbacks in their fight for strict federal regulation of coal ash, the toxic waste created by burning coal for electricity that's been...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The political assault on reproductive health care   |   September 29, 2011
Date on which U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, notified Planned Parenthood he was...

 

NC lawmakers pushing same-sex marriage ban enlist help of gay-hating preacher   |   September 12, 2011
The N.C. General Assembly will convene today for a special session on whether to put before voters a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which is already...

 

Examining Rick Perry's environmental record   |   September 7, 2011
By Forrest Wilder, Texas Observer Ken Kramer, the long-time head of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, recalls the one and only time Rick Perry met with him. The year...

 

VOICES: Remembering the lessons of the Hamlet fire   |   September 1, 2011
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch Twenty years ago this Saturday, 25 workers died in a fire at the Imperial Foods chicken processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina. They were...

 

Hurricane Irene: Why failing to evacuate inmates violates human rights standards   |   August 27, 2011
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the Atlantic seaboard, officials in New York are coming under growing fire for failing to authorize an evacuation of Rikers Island, the city's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: States' weak coal ash oversight endangers the public   |   August 25, 2011
When a massive coal ash pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee failed back in December 2008, it dumped a billion gallons of coal...

 

Unions divided over holding Democratic convention in right-to-work North Carolina   |   August 17, 2011
Thirteen labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO are refusing to participate in the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. because of the state's harsh anti-union...

 

What can we do about disasters?   |   August 11, 2011
Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. Devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. The news is filled with vivid stories of disasters, both sudden and -- as with the case of incremental...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Exposing ALEC's corporate agenda   |   August 11, 2011
Number of model bills and resolutions crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council -- a nonprofit that promotes state policies advancing conservative causes -- that were...

 

South Carolina immigration law starts new era of racial profiling   |   August 3, 2011
New America Media Editor's Note: The battle over immigration is now being waged at the state level. Since Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 went into effect one year ago, five...

 

VOICES: Statehouse Inc.   |   July 20, 2011
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestState legislatures, once hailed by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis as "laboratories of democracy" because of their progressive innovations...

 

Extreme Alabama immigration law heads to court   |   July 12, 2011
By Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice NewspaperA coalition of civil-rights, human-rights and faith groups filed a class action lawsuit Friday challenging Alabama's recently enacted...

 

Taxbreaks.com: States get tough on costly loopholes for online retailers   |   July 7, 2011
Over the last decade, online retailers like Amazon have skirted paying billions in state sales taxes, arguing they were exempt due to their lack of brick-and-mortar stores. But...

 

VOICES: Amazon's anti-tax crusade   |   July 1, 2011
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest When large companies complain about taxes, they are usually talking about levies they have to pay out of their own deep pockets. Amazon.com is...

 

List of state immigration laws blocked in federal court grows longer   |   June 29, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Last week, we noted that several states' tough, new immigration laws have been challenged in court. Arizona and Utah both recently had key parts of...