Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives
Voters in a number of states approved ballot measures on Tuesday that should substantially enhance equity and inclusion. As newly elected governors — several of whom campaigned on boosting funding for schools and health — and legislators join with returning lawmakers in January, they should advance policies that ensure everyone has the chance to fulfill their potential regardless of where they were born, the color of their skin, or the size of their bank account.
Some of the equity- and inclusion-boosting measures that voters approved include:
Voters in several states also warded off policies that would undercut equity and inclusion, including in Oregon, where they defeated an anti-immigrant measure that would have repealed the state’s longstanding “sanctuary” status and a measure that would have tightened its supermajority requirement to raise revenues; and in California, where they beat back a measure that would have repealed a gas tax increase and led to a cut of more than $750 million a year in transit funding.
When lawmakers descend on state capitals in the new year, they can draw on our “Four-Point Fiscal Policy Blueprint for Building Thriving State Economies,” which lays out many ways to broaden prosperity and build more equitable and inclusive state economies. For example, they can: