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Power to the (Young) People

Lobbyists are typically thought of as serious middle-aged men and women in power suits who carry expensive briefcases and converse furtively on their mobile phones. This stereotypical view is shifting rapidly as younger people enter government relations. As in other...

State Legislatures and Local Councils Jockey for Position in Fight Over Minimum Wage Laws

The 2016 state legislative sessions saw substantial increases in state and local activity surrounding the minimum wage. In some states, bills were introduced to restrict their localities’ ability to increase minimum wages on their own or otherwise impose local employer...

State Minimum Wage Hikes and Gas Tax Increases: What Are the Odds (and Evens)?

You may have noticed we're in an election year. Traditionally, some issues do better than others when state lawmakers are up for reelection. For example, minimum wage increases have done well during recent election years. On the other hand, raising new revenue for...

Gender Neutral Bathroom Ordinances Expanding Across the Nation at the City and County Level

In the past year, a handful of large localities have either considered or adopted ordinances regulating what are known as “gender neutral bathrooms.” Localities that have passed gender neutral bathroom laws include Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia, and, most recently,...

Alabama Blocked a City Ordinance It Disliked. That Practice is Not Unusual for States.

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

A fight between the state of Alabama and its largest city over which has the right to set a minimum wage made headlines last week. But similar struggles over local control have quietly occurred across the country in...

States Nudge Small Business Workers towards Retirement Investment

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

More than 30 million workers in the United States report that they do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis. Overall, Pew found that only 58% of U.S....

Trending Employment Issue: Pay Equity

In our December 2015 overview of trending employment issues, we indicated that pay equity legislation was an emerging issue likely to see activity in the new year. Prior to legislative sessions convening this year, legislative leaders in three states (Colorado, Maryland,...

Right-to-Work Turned Back in Kentucky Counties, Advances in West Virginia

Last year, Wisconsin became the 25th right-to-work state, and West Virginia is on the verge of tipping the balance of states in favor of right-to-work — becoming the 26th state to ban mandatory labor union membership as a condition of private-sector employment. At the...

Trends in Gubernatorial Priorities in 2016

Note: we’ll be updating this post as more governors deliver State of the State addresses. Check back for updates!

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