In the News March 21, 2023

Heartland Signal: Republican-led state legislatures working to limit the ballot initiative process

In recent years, the ballot initiative process has seen many traditional progressive policy ideas pass, even in red or purple states. According to the Fairness Project, a nonprofit organization that helps support progressive ballot measures, dozens of initiatives have passed with bipartisan support in recent years

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In the News March 20, 2023

Politico: Abortion on the ballot? Not if these Republican lawmakers can help it.

“I call these bills ‘death by a thousand cuts,’” said Kelly Hall, the executive director of the progressive ballot initiative group The Fairness Project. “When you hear about each one in isolation, they seem like not that big a deal. But taken together, they have an exclusionary effect on people’s participation in democracy.”

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Media Releases February 24, 2023

NPR Spotlights the Fairness Project’s Record of Winning Progressive Ballot Measures in Red States

NPR highlighted the Fairness Project’s strong track record of supporting and winning ballot measure campaigns on progressive issues, primarily in red and purple states where popular policies have little to no chance of passing through conservative state legislatures.

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In the News February 22, 2023

Project Syndicate: Revitalizing American Democracy Where It Counts

There have also been recent successes with ballot measures for economic and social justice, owing to the work of the Fairness Project. Founded in 2015 by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, the project has won 31 of 33 ballot measures (affecting 18 million people) to raise wages, stop predatory payday lenders, expand health-care access, and more.

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In the News February 15, 2023

Stateline: As Abortion Measures Loom, GOP Raises New Barriers to Ballot Initiatives

Kelly Hall, executive director of the Fairness Project, which backs progressive state ballot measures across the country, described last year’s abortion rights victories as “accelerant on an already burning fire.” But Hall also pointed to recent triumphs on issues such as Medicaid expansion and minimum wage hikes as driving factors.

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