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January 22, 2015 - A Grassroots Call to Action on Fracking, Paid Sick Leave, and Broadband Access.

By Michael Bare

New York state’s recent fracking ban started with a powerful grassroots movement in towns like Dryden and Middlefield, and supported by elected officials who introduced local ordinances. Court decisions supporting local authority were instrumental in promoting the statewide ban.

As more local governments adopt fracking limits across the nation, many are concerned that state or federal interference with local authority will hamper local ability to choose health policies that are best for their residents. But Gov. Cuomo’s leadership may empower advocates in other states as grassroots movements urge local and state-level limits.

Read the blog post here.
 
USA Today, 1/15/15

“So on Thursday, President Obama will call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow millions of working Americans to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time — and call on states and cities to pass similar laws.” -Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, LinkedIn
 
Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access        
NPR, 1/14/15

President Obama is supporting the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in preempting state laws that preempt local broadband systems. This is a critical health and safety issue - as the President said: “Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury… It's a necessity." It’s also a rare, but important, example of “good” (federal) preemption of bad state preemption.
           
     
                                Mark Pertschuk                                                   Kyung Jin Lee                                  
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