This weekly round-up shares the latest news about what the network is doing to promote state-based solutions that will improve the lives of families, workers, and local communities. If you are an SPN state think tank and have an update you’d like us to include in next week’s round-up, please email us at updates@spn.org (all submissions are subject to SPN approval).

Announcements:

Education: Expanding options for families

Healthcare: Improving access to and affordability of care

Jobs & Occupational Licensing Reform: Increasing jobs and opportunity

Free Speech: Protecting Americans’ First Amendment Rights

Worker Freedom: Giving workers a voice and a choice

Energy: Protecting consumers and the environment

Taxes & Budgets: Encouraging fiscal responsibility and sustainability

Welfare Reform: Decreasing government dependence

Pension Reform: Achieving retirement security