State and Local Policy

The Center for American Progress constantly strives to find meaningful solutions and pathways to promote progressive policy advancement at the state and local level. Our work focuses on locally driven solutions as well as the vast policy and communications expertise in the organization. We hope this research and data can help facilitate thoughtful debate among state and local leaders so that we can bring about progressive change in an ever-changing political landscape.

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Investing in infrastructure helps everybody Personal Story

Investing in infrastructure helps everybody

Cristian Cespedes, a union member from Las Vegas, shares how federal infrastructure investments and regulations help create jobs and drive up wages for both union and nonunion workers alike.

The Las Vegas Sun News

Cristian Cespedes

Arizona opinion: Shame on Schweikert: Why his support for Republicans’ budget proposal could spell disaster for Arizona Personal Story

Arizona opinion: Shame on Schweikert: Why his support for Republicans’ budget proposal could spell disaster for Arizona

Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick, the medical director of a family planning center, shares the potential threats to health care access that could result from a budget proposal put forward by a group of Republicans in Congress.

Arizona Daily Star

Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick

Construction of Tennessee EV Battery Facility Highlights Promises and Challenges of Biden Administration Policies Report

Construction of Tennessee EV Battery Facility Highlights Promises and Challenges of Biden Administration Policies

Tennessee’s BlueOval City electric vehicle battery facility shows how public investments can lead to good union jobs, but anecdotal evidence suggests that workers are not connecting these jobs to important economic policies.

the Center for American Progress

David Madland, Kyle Ross

Cities in Blue States Experiencing Larger Declines in Gun Violence in 2023 Report
A large park is seen before the Chicago city skyline.

Cities in Blue States Experiencing Larger Declines in Gun Violence in 2023

Original analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund shows that, on average, cities in blue states have lower rates of gun homicides and shooting incidents than comparably sized cities in red states and are seeing larger single-year decreases in gun violence rates in 2023.

Chandler Hall

1 Year Without Roe Personal Story

1 Year Without Roe

This CAP story collection details the experiences of doctors, doulas, and nurse practitioners since the overturn of Roe v. Wade and their fears in the rapidly evolving legal landscape of abortion care.

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Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Injustice

We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.

Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.

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