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Critical Preparations for 2014 Legislative Session Underway

31 December 2013 No Comment

Mississippi’s 2014 Legislative Session begins on January 7th, and we’re preparing for action on a number of key issues. Our annual Civic Engagement day at the Capitol is Wednesday, January 22nd, and we are forming strategies to address the legislative issues at hand. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, 2014 appears to be a year in which we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s comp.

Since the 2014 Legislative Session has not yet begun, it’s unclear just how some of these may play out. However, here are a few of the topics we know will be major issues:

Medicaid: last year, legislators chose not to expand Medicaid under the ACA, which means that nearly 300,000 Mississippians will not qualify for coverage. This year, progressives will be bringing the issue back to the table, fighting to expand coverage.

Education: back again this year is the issue of charter schools (an attempt to re-segregate public schools) and funding for our already-strapped schools. We’ll be working to keep our public schools funded and accessible to all children.

Immigration: with the immigration issue still unresolved at the national level, we may once again be facing threats from state level anti-immigrant camps.

Worker’s Comp: MIRA and other allies are preparing to introduce a bill that would reform worker’s comp. Worker’s comp insures proper health care and compensation to workers that are injured on the job, but oftentimes, immigrants do not receive these benefits. We’re proposing major changes that will make the process of receiving these benefits easier and more streamlined.

Mark your calendar and prepare to join us on Wednesday, January 22nd for our annual Civic Engagement Day. Once the session begins, we’ll have a better idea of exactly what we’ll be facing.

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