Protecting Trees, Messaging Guns, Explaining Trump and More

Posted on April 5, 2023

Healthcare Express Lane Eligibility Act: Many thousands of residents are eligible for the Medicaid or CHIP programs but are not enrolled. The Healthcare Express Lane Eligibility Act automatically enrolls those recipients of SNAP benefits who are eligible for health coverage.

How to talk about the Trump indictment: It’s not the indictment that’s unprecedented, it’s the criminality. We’ve never had a president like Trump before—he’s a one-man crime wave. The whining is designed to distract from what Trump did and keeps doing. For more, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

NCSL Podcasts: The National Conference of State Legislatures has a series of regular podcasts on leadership, on being a better legislator, and on specific issues. See a variety of podcasts here.

As Medicaid Terminations Resume, States Should Take Action to Preserve People’s Coverage: Millions of Americans are expected to lose Medicaid coverage during the “unwinding” process. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities describes a series of resources for policymakers.

Cities Move to Protect Trees on Private Land: Some localities now protect “heritage trees” on private land, which are large trees measured by diameter or circumference. As a Route Fifty article explains, governments are fining landowners for cutting down such trees, or even forbidding their removal.

How to Talk About Gun Policy: In the wake of another school shooting, too many progressives are afraid to talk about gun policy. Americans are on our side. See our last message framing column explaining How to Talk About Gun Policy.