This week, we wanted to share a roundup of news stories about ‘statewide preemption.’ Across the country, local elected officials and community members are making progress on issues that help workers, LGTBQ folks, the environment, New Americans, small businesses, family farmers, and, well frankly, all of us.
In recent years, corporate interest groups started changing the rules of our democracy to block (or ‘preempt’) improvements in local laws. In cities like Birmingham, AL minimum wage workers won a pay increase, then had it cut back by the power of big business at their state capitol. Preemption is part of a national strategy to block local progress and it’s wrong.
Why are we sharing this? Because corporate special interests are back at the capitol trying to tell local communities what they can and can’t do.