In 2022, The States Project contributed 8x more than the next largest funder in Michigan, fueling new majorities in the State House and Senate. Those lawmakers took office in January — and so far, have delivered these results for working families in record time:
- Cut taxes to save 1.3 million working families and retirees between $600-$1k each year.
- Enacted broadly popular gun safety policies proven to make communities safer, including safe gun storage requirements, universal background checks, and a red flag policy that will keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others.
- Ensured equal protection for 400,000 LGBTQ+ Michiganders from discrimination in housing, jobs and public services.
- Protected abortion access for 2.2 million people of reproductive age by repealing Michigan’s unpopular 1931 statute criminalizing abortion care.
- Strengthened half a million Michiganders’ right to unionize and collectively demand better pay, benefits, and working conditions.
- Invested in attracting and retaining healthcare workers by increasing pay and other benefits to combat a healthcare worker shortage and improve care for all Michiganders.
- Invested in affordable housing to reduce costs for what lawmakers call the “missing middle” — folks above the federal poverty line but who are not wealthy. For a four-person household, that’s an income range between $55,500 and $90,000.
In Minnesota, where The States Project was the largest funder in 2022, helping to flip the State Senate and protect the majority in the State House, the new trifecta has:
- Cut taxes to save 400,000 retirees an average of $1,200 each year.
- Moved to provide free breakfast and lunch to more than 800,000 Minnesota students.
- Given almost 1 million workers access to paid family and medical leave to ensure no Minnesotan has to make the choice between a paycheck and taking time off to care for a new baby or a sick family member.
- Invested $1 billion in housing to provide Minnesotans in need with rental assistance — there were 20,000 evictions in 2022 — and to ensure homeownership is an option for those who want to call Minnesota home.
- Codified abortion rights into state law — the first state to do so in the post-Roe era — protecting access for 2.2 million Minnesotans of reproductive age. This is particularly critical for access across the Midwest, as all of the states surrounding Minnesota have enacted abortion bans.
- Safeguarded the freedom to make personal healthcare decisions by protecting patients from other states who seek abortion care in Minnesota.
- Enacted universal background checks for all gun sales and a red flag policy that will keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others.
- Invested in clean, safe energy by enacting a climate action plan with a goal of requiring utilities to be powered by clean energy sources by 2040.
- Ensured safe, clean drinking water in every tap by moving to replace all lead pipes in the state.
- Strengthened our democracy by implementing automatic voter registration, allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, creating a permanent absentee voting list, and restoring the right to vote for 55,000 people with felony convictions after they have served their sentences.