Taking an election-season shot across the aisle, the White Househas released a report that says because Republicans are bottling upcertain Democratic sponsored bills, states and cities are movingahead on the issues on their own.

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Ringingly entitled “Taking Action on the Ground: Progress on thePresident’s Priorities in State and Local Communities” accuses theGOP of stalling legislation to raise the minimum wage and expandemployee sick leave policy. As a result, states are adopting theWhite House recommendations on such issues.

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“While Congress has stood in the way of addressing these issues,mayors and governors of both parties are working with the Presidentto make progress,” the report states.

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Highlights of this partisan report include:

  • 17 states and the District of Columbia have increasedtheir minimum wage since PresidentObama first called for an increase in his 2013 State of theUnion;

  • 17 cities and counties have implemented paid sick leave policies and 10 citiesand counties have implemented paid family leave policies sinceJanuary 2014;

  • 34 Governors proposed increasing funding for early educationsince the President announced preschool for all in 2013;

  • Since its launch in March 2015, 31 cities, states, and tribalcommunities have joined the President’s TechHire initiative torapidly train workers for technology jobs that pay 50 percentmore than the average private-sector American job;

  • More than 50 communities that participated in the MBKCommunity Challenge have completed their own local actionplans;

  • More than 700 state, county and city officials have joined theMayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness since the First Ladyannounced the program in June 2014.

For those seeking a digestible review of presidential objectivesand the White House’s record of success in seeing those objectivestaken up outside the Beltway, the report lives here.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.