The following is an excerpt of an op-ed by Meg Wiehe and Christopher Whimer published in Governing:
States have been called laboratories of democracy because they often launch some of the boldest policy ideas. Before the Affordable Care Act provided health insurance access for millions more Americans, for example, Massachusetts implemented a law that served as something of a template for the federal legislation.
Now, as national discourse focuses more acutely on income inequality and federal lawmakers float various policy ideas and legislation to improve the economic condition of low-income and middle-class families, states have another opportunity to lead the way. Further reducing child poverty is a good place to start. Read more