Messaging Manipulation, Salary History, Community Schools and More

Posted on May 22, 2019

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: Both cities and states are banning employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history unjustifiably perpetuates wage discrimination, most often against women and people of color. Salary history has no relationship to a fair wage, so consider introducing the Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act.

Please don’t reject messaging as “spin” or “manipulation”: As we go around the country giving messaging workshops, we’re nearly always asked whether our message framing is a gimmick. Actually, using good messaging is the only way to get persuadable Americans to understand the truth. Read more in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Immigrant-Inclusive State EITC Tax Policies: Wednesday, May 29 @ 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the most effective anti-poverty program in America and most states have an EITC. Unfortunately, those indirectly require that every member of the household have a valid SSN—which makes no sense. To learn how to fix your state law, register here for a presentation by the National Immigration Law Center.

U.S. News annual “Best State” rankings: Once again, U.S. News and World Report ranks states on eight different topics. Find it here. Spoiler alert: Washington is #1 overall; Hawaii is #1 for healthcare; Massachusetts is #1 for education; New Hampshire is #1 on public safety; Rhode Island is #1 on the environment; Oregon has the best infrastructure and Colorado is #1 on the economy.

Which Cities Have Concrete Strategies for Environmental Justice? CityLab has a new map of environmental justice laws and a report about how zoning and land use laws can address the problem of pollution sources concentrated in low-income communities.

Community Schools Model Legislation: Our Community Schools Playbook contains three model bills for states, cities, counties and school boards to establish or expand community schools in your jurisdiction.