The 150th Biweekly PLI Bulletin

Posted on January 2, 2019

Prescription Drug Affordability Act: Because of federal restrictions, states have found it hard to find a way to directly lower the cost of prescription drugs to their residents. This new legislation from Maryland, the Prescription Drug Affordability Act, creates a Board that reviews and establishes fair drug costs.

Ten popular measures for 2019: Obviously, progressives should stand for policies based on their values, not on polls. At the same time, it is smart politics to lift up our more popular issues. For ten examples of measures that are both good policy and good politics, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Special podcast of our Pocket Guide: In this podcast, we cover the basic rules of persuasion and apply them to issues across twelve different areas of public policy. It’s a broad introduction to messaging in just 21 minutes. Listen or download by clicking here.

Top charts of 2018 illustrating the rise of inequality: Some of the best economic analyses in the country come from the Economic Policy Institute. Here, EPI publishes 12 charts that illustrate the rise of inequality.

One in 55 Adults is on Probation or Parole: While there has been attention paid to the rise in American prison populations, there has also been a lesser-known increase in numbers on probation or parole. In fact, those populations grew 239 percent from 1980 to 2016, according to Pew Charitable Trusts.

Read our 2019 Progressive Agenda: We have a new edition of the Progressive Agenda for States & Localities which highlights 50 model bills and hyperlinks to more than 100 others. To read or download it, click here.