Climate Change, Cannabis Policy, Ballot Measures and More

Posted on July 27, 2022

Living Wage Act: Cities, counties and states hire contractors to perform innumerable services for the government. Yet, many of the jobs created pay sub-poverty wages and do not lead to a self-sufficient workforce. The Living Wage Act requires government contractors to provide employees with reasonable wages and benefits.

How to turn climate change into a wedge issue: The short answer is—talk about it, for heaven’s sake. At the federal, state and local levels, climate change can energize progressives, especially young voters, and force conservatives to defend an indefensible position. See the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Digging into Cannabis Policy: Marijuana is legal, one way or another, in more than two-thirds of states. This NCSL podcast talks about what medical research has found in the wake of these laws.

Investors Bought a Quarter of Homes Sold Last Year, Driving Up Rents: This is double the percentage of purchases by investors just ten years ago, according to Pew’s Stateline. Not coincidentally, many of the buyers are crooks, like Russian oligarchs laundering their money.

Ballot Measures to Watch: There will be more than one-hundred important measures on state ballots in November. The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center provides a continuously updated resource listing ballot measures and their status.

PLI’s flagship messaging guide, Voicing Our Values: Now in its fourth edition, Voicing Our Values describes how you can be more persuasive and provides you with model narratives on dozens of different issues.