Working Families: A Legislative Point of View


Legislators and staff from 12 state teams attended the Opportunities for Working Families Leadership Forum in Denver, Colorado, June 24-26, 2012.

Listen as four participants discuss the most pressing issues for working families in their states, including unemployment, the rising cost of education, and the overall uncertainty about the future.

The Interviewees:

Representative C.B. Embry, Jr. (Kentucky - R), vice-chair of the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, conveys that having stable working families makes a state stronger.

Representative Terry Mills (Kentucky - D), vice-chair of the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, says it’s important to think outside the box to solve the challenges working families are confronting.

Senator Arthur Orr (Alabama - R), chair of the Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, believes the economy and unemployment are the biggest challenges facing families in his state.

Representative Mary Helen Roberts (Washington - D), vice chair of the Early Learning and Human Services Committee, discusses job creation and workforce development.

NCSL Resources

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What are the greatest challenges facing working families in your state?


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What is your state doing to create opportunities for working families?


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Why should working families issues be on the minds of legislators?


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