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State Spotlight

The Fairness Project has worked with grassroots organizations in states across the country to file ballot initiatives to improve the economic lives of everyday Americans, including raising the minimum wage for more than 8 million workers, providing paid sick leave to 2.1 million workers, and expanding Medicaid coverage for 70,000 people. Click on a highlighted state to see what has been accomplished to improve standards for working people.

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  • Paul Sonn

    “Ballot initiatives are an important tool that empower voters when Congress and state legislators have lost sight of the needs of our working families. We welcome The Fairness Project’s focus and effort to bolster minimum wage ballot initiatives and ensure voters can take another step toward economic security in their own lives and communities.”

    Paul Sonn, General Council and Program Director, National Employment Law Project
  • Joy Cushman

    “More and more people of faith in communities across America are coming together to fight for an economy in which all families can thrive. That’s why PICO is proud to partner with the Fairness Project to give working families a direct voice in raising wages and benefits in their states.”

    Joy Cushman, Campaigns Director, PICO National Network
  • Brian Kettenring

    “Creating systematic change isn’t easy. It doesn’t happen by mistake and can’t be created by one person or group. We are excited to work alongside The Fairness Project to support pro-worker and pro economic justice ballot initiatives that are happening across the nation.”

    Brian Kettenring, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy
  • David Bronner

    “Building a successful business and a better, more equal world are not mutually exclusive goals. I believe that The Fairness Project’s model embodies the AllOne spirit by enabling people to take real action, bypassing ineffective legislatures and using ballot initiatives to pass policies that encourage real economic fairness.”

    David Bronner, CEO Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  • Delvone Michael

    “We are proud to partner with The Fairness Project as we fight to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well connected. We believe that together we can use the ballot initiative in Washington D.C. to ensure that the American Dream is in reach for every family in our nation’s capital.”

    Delvone Michael, Director, DC Working Families Party
  • Gaby Madriz

    “It’s clear that Americans from coast to coast want to see a change and we are proud to stand with The Fairness Project to bring real economic equality to the District. There is a national movement to Raise the Wage and we are proud to bring that here. Working with The Fairness Project allowed us to coordinate with other states and benefit from a national conversation about policy that is impacting everyday residents in our community.”

    Gaby Madriz, DC for 15
  • Holly Sklar

    “We can’t build a strong economy on a falling wage floor. Workers are also consumers, and businesses need customers who can afford what they are selling. The success of ballot measures in Red states in 2014 sent a clear message: Americans across the political spectrum want to raise the minimum wage. We look forward to partnering with The Fairness Project in states where broad coalitions including business can work together to raise the minimum wage and grow jobs.”

    Holly Sklar, CEO, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage
  • Amy Halsted

    “Mainers have a long history of using the ballot process when progress on important issues is stalled in the legislature. The momentum for economic justice and access to health care is gaining across the country and we are excited to partner with The Fairness Project to find ways to leverage the current grassroots demand for addressing economic inequality into a series of policy wins in Maine in 2016, 2017 and beyond.”

    Amy Halsted, Mainers for Fair Wages
  • Arianna Jimenez

    “The Fairness Project’s early support had a significant effect on our campaign. They helped  develop and launch our website, and provided sophisticated data and analytic systems that would have been difficult to do on our own. The Fairness Project offered us an edge to help us win a $15 minimum wage in California.”

    Arianna Jimenez, Lift Up California Wages

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