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Arise Citizens' Policy Project
P.O. Box 1188
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 832-9060
Executive Director: Kimble Forrister
EARN Contact: Carol Gundlach

ACPP is a coalition of 140 religious, community, and civic groups that work on poverty issues by promoting state policies to improve the lives of low-income people.



Alaska Center for Public Policy
Box 100812
Anchorage, AK 99510
(907) 276-2277
Executive Director: Bob Lohr
EARN Contact : Lawrence Weiss

The Alaska Center for Public Policy is committed to the development of public policies and programs that improve the economic and social wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. The Center focuses on sound solutions to the challenges faced by low- and moderate-income Alaskans. We celebrate the diversity of heritage and lifestyle in Alaska because every community is important.




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Children's Action Alliance
4001 N. 3rd St. Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85201
(602) 266-0707

Executive Director: Dana Wolfe Naimark
EARN Contact: Karen McLaughlin

Children's Action Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of all of Arizona's children, and their families through research, policy development, media campaigns and advocacy.




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Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
1400 West Markham
Union Station, Suite 306
Little Rock, AR  72201
(501) 371-9678
Executive Director: Rich Huddleston
EARN Contact: Eleanor Wheeler

The mission of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families is to protect and promote through research, education and advocacy, the rights and well-being of Arkansas children and their families, to assure that they have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners
Little Rock
8924 Kanis Road,
Little Rock, AR 72205
EARN Contact: Tamika Edwards

Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and certified community development financial institution (CDFI) with a mission to transform rural Southern communities by creating new educational and economic opportunities for people with limited resources. SBCP works in partnership with Southern Bancorp (collectively “Southern”), one of the country’s largest rural development banks, to revitalize struggling rural areas. Southern’s geographic focus is the Mississippi River Delta region and southern Arkansas, a region plagued by long-term poverty, economic decline, loss of population, and many other severe challenges. .




California Budget & Policy Center
1107 Ninth Street, Suite 310
Sacramento, CA 95814-2821
(916) 444-0500
Executive Director: Chris Hoene
EARN Contact: Alissa Anderson

The California Budget & Policy Center (formerly the California Budget Project) was founded in 1995 to fill a serious unmet need: for a credible, independent source of information on how budget and tax policies affect low- and middle-income Californians. Our work rests on a basic premise: that California’s budget and policy choices should reflect our state’s values and priorities. By examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable, we aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity.


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Center on Policy Initiatives
3727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 584-5744
Executive Director: Clare Crawford

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) promotes higher standards of living for poor and moderate-income working families through research, policy development, advocacy, public education, and organizing.  CPI focuses on economic justice issues in the San Diego region, building toward a more equitable society based on living wage jobs, accessible health care, affordable housing, responsible development, and shared prosperity.

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East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
1714 Frankling Street
Suite 325
Oakland, CA  92612
(510) 893-7106
Executive Director: Nikki Fortunato Bas
EARN Contact: Jennifer Lin

The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) is a collaboration of labor, community, and faith-based organizations in the San Francisco East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties). Our mission is to end low-wage poverty and reduce the growing gap between the rich and poor in East Bay, a region with 2.4 million persons. EBASE uses research and coalition building to advocate for local government policies that promote equity in the regional economy, such as living wage and subsidy accountability laws.

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Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
464 Lucas Ave., Suite 202
Los Angeles CA, 90017
(213) 977-9400
(213) 977-9666 (fax)
Executive Director: Roxana Tynan
EARN Contact: Jon Zerolnick

Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is recognized as a national authority on issues affecting the working poor and an innovator in the fight against working poverty. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement based on the principle that hard work deserves fair pay, good benefits and decent working conditions.

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Working Partnerships USA
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 107
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 269-7872
Executive Director: Cindy Chavez
EARN Contact: Sarah Muller

Working Partnerships is a public policy and research institute that builds partnerships with community groups, labor unions, and faith-based organizations dedicated to improving the lives of working families in Silicon Valley.  By combining the skills of research and policy development, advocacy, and organizing under one roof, we create innovative, practical solutions to problems facing working people and the middle class.  Our accomplishments include winning a living wage for workers in San Jose, pioneering universal health insurance for children in Santa Clara County, and ensuring that public subsidies for local economic development are accountable to the community.




Colorado Center on Law & Policy
789 Sherman Street, Suite 300
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 573-5669 ext. 303
(303) 573-4947 Fax
Executive Director: Claire Levy

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) has more than a decade of experience as one of Colorado’s leading advocacy organizations dedicated to promoting justice, economic security, access to health care and sound fiscal policies.

CCLP provides:
• Research and independent legal and policy analysis.
• Education and civic engagement with diverse communities.
• Advocacy on behalf of lower-income Coloradans.
• Litigation and legal action for systemic change.


Colorado Fiscal Institute
1905 Sherman Street, Suite 225
Denver, Colorado 80203
Executive Director: Carol Hedges
EARN Contact: Kathy White
Phone: 720-379-3019
Fax: 720-379-3819

The Colorado Fiscal Institute provides credible, independent and accessible information and analysis of fiscal and economic issues facing Colorado. Our aim is to inform policy debates and contribute to sound decisions that improve the well-being of individuals, communities and the state as a whole. Through high quality research, strategic communications, statewide education and advocacy, the Colorado Fiscal Institute addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time: how to promote widespread prosperity. CFI uniquely focuses on the fiscal and economic implications of policy affecting working families as well as how public resources are allocated to meet public needs.


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The Bell Policy Center
1905 Sherman St.
Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 297-0456
Executive Director: Wade Buchanan
EARN Contact: Rich Jones

The Bell Policy Center is committed to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all. We make opportunity happen by driving public policy solutions that help Coloradans get ahead and stay ahead. The Bell identifies systematic barriers to opportunity in Colorado, engages to build coalitions, drives discourse and increases understanding of those barriers, and forms and advocates for public policy solutions that lower those barriers. Our key issues are family economic security, access to education and training, a long-term strategy on aging, fiscal and budget reform, and restoring trust in the public sector.




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Connecticut Voices for Children
33 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 498-4240
Executive Director: Ellen Shemitz
EARN Contact: Orlando Rodriguez

Connecticut Voices for Children works to promote the well-being of the state's children, youth, and families through high-quality research, budget and public policy analysis, an active communications program, legislative advocacy, and a commitment to training the next generation of policy advocates.  Much of Voices' analytic work focuses on state and federal tax and budget policy, workforce trends, education reform and financing alternatives, health care access and quality, and income- and asset-building strategies to assure shared prosperity among Connecticut's families.


District of Columbia

DC Fiscal Policy Institute
820 First Street, NE, Suite 460
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-1080
(202) 408-8173 (fax)

Executive Director: Ed Lazere
EARN Contact: Jenny Reed

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents. By preparing timely analyses that are used by policy makers, the media, and the public, DCFPI seeks to inform public debates on budget and tax issues and to ensure that the needs of lower-income residents are considered in those debates.




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Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP)
Florida International University
LC 311
University Park,
Miami, FL 33199
 (305) 348-1415
(305) 348-2241 (fax)
Executive Director: Alex Stepick
EARN Contact: Emily Eisenhauer

The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) exists  to conduct high quality, empirical research examining issues of concern to low and moderate income workers and their families in Southeast Florida and the state of Florida.  In Southeast Florida and throughout the state of Florida, RISEP directly serves social justice organizations and communities.  Nationally, RISEP is the Florida affiliate of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) with the capacity to link with like institutions around the country.




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Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
100 Edgewood Ave.
Suite 950
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 420-1324
Executive Director: Taifa Smith Butler
EARN Contact: Wesley Tharpe

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan organization engaged in research and education on the fiscal and economic health of the state of Georgia. The GBPI provides reliable, accessible and timely analysis to promote greater state government fiscal accountability as a way to improve services to Georgians in need and to promote quality of life for all Georgians.




United Vision for Idaho
Box 2181
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 861-8907
Executive Director: Adrienne Evans

United Vision for Idaho is a permanent coalition of grassroots organizations that have come together to build the infrastructure for a permanent movement for social, economic and environmental justice. United Vision for Idaho has both full member organizations (which participate in the governance of the coalition) and affiliate organizations. All organizations support our mission, are united for change and provide financial support.




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Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
70 E. Lake Street
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-1041
Executive Director: Ralph Martire
EARN Contact: Ron P. Baiman

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is a bi-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy think tank that promotes fair, efficient and progressive fiscal and economic policies.  To achieve this mission, CTBA analyzes comprehensive data sets to evaluate the impact of economic and fiscal policies on quality of life issues affecting low and middle income families.  Based on these analyses, CTBA designs and promotes policies that make a fiscal system sound, fair, sustainable and competitive, so that government has the fiscal capacity to provide the range of meaningful economic, healthcare, education and social services which create real opportunity for everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or income status.

Center for Urban Economic Development
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinios
412 South Peoria Street, Room 431
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7194
Executive Director: Howard Wial

The Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) conducts research, policy analysis, and evaluation on urban and regional economic and workforce development issues. We seek to understand how urban and regional economies can develop in ways that create broadly shared prosperity—how they can become more productive, more innovative, and more equitable. Our expertise in economic development and labor markets allows us to analyze economic trends across scales—from the neighborhood, to the city and metropolitan area, to the nation, and beyond. We have partnered with other researchers, with government agencies at all levels, and with civic organizations ranging from national foundations to local neighborhood groups. Along the way we have helped to train new generations of urban planners and policy researchers. Established in 1978, CUED is a unit of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Fiscal Policy Center (at Voices for Illinois Children)
208 S. LaSalle Suite 1490
Chicago, IL 60604-1103
(312) 456-0600
(312) 456-0088 (fax)
Director: David Lloyd
EARN Contact:Leslie Helmcamp

The Fiscal Policy Center provides timely, credible, and accessible information and analysis on state budget and tax policy - including impacts on education, health care, human services, and family economic security.

The FPC publishes policy reports, issue briefs, policy bulletins, and fact sheets to help inform policymakers, advocacy groups, the media, and the broader public on state budget and policy issues. FPC also monitors federal policies that impact children, families, and the state budget in Illinois.

- See more at: http://www.voices4kids.org/our-priorities/fiscal-policy-center/about-fpc/#sthash.nTmhzE5C.dpuf




Indiana Community Action Association
Indiana Institute for Working Families
1845 W. 18th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-634- 7947 (fax)
Executive Director: Ed Gerardot
EARN Contact: Jessica Fraser

The Indiana Institute for Working Families, a program of the Indiana Community Action Association, was created in January 2004. The goal of the Institute is to help Hoosier families achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. To make this goal a reality, the Institute works to create opportunities for families to advance in the workforce and develops and advocates public policies and programs that create better conditions for low-wage workers. The Institute engages in: public policy research and analysis; advocacy education, and information campaigns; and works through numerous national, statewide and community partnerships.




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Iowa Policy Project
20 E. Market Street
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 338-0773
Executive Director: Mike Owen
EARN Contact: Peter Fisher
EARN Contact: Colin Gordon

The Iowa Policy Project (IPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 to produce research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions. With a staff of six, IPP focuses on tax and budget issues, the Iowa economy, and energy and environmental policy.




Kansas Center for Economic Growth
720 Southwest Jackson St., Suite 203
Topeka, Kansas 66603
(785) 550-3488
Executive Director: Annie McKay

The Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s mission is to advance responsible policies by informing public discussion through credible, fact-based materials. We serve policymakers, the media and all Kansans who want to engage in making our state a place where opportunity and economic growth are widely shared.




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Kentucky Youth Advocates
11001 Bluegrass Pkwy.
Suite 100
Jeffersontown, KY  40299
(502) 895-8167
Executive Director: Terry Brooks

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit children's advocacy organization representing a voice for Kentucky's most precious asset - its youth. KYA delivers Kentucky children's message to the state legislature, the community, and the media.KYA researches, publishes, and distributes information on emerging policies affecting Kentucky's children, especially those who are poor and otherwise disadvantaged. As a Kids Count organization, KYA is widely regarded as the "resident experts" in data matters relating to children in Kentucky. As a member of the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), KYA is furthering the organization's reputation among government officials, progressive organizations, and child advocates for state tax and budget expertise. As a member of the Kentucky Economic Justice Alliance (KEJA), KYA has extended its work into areas of economic development.

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
433 Chestnut Street
Beria, KY 40403
(859) 986-2373
General: info@kypolicy.org
Jason Bailey, Director: jbailey@kypolicy.org
MACED Executive Director: Jason Maxson

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) seeks to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians through research, analysis and education on state fiscal and economic policy issues. KCEP produces research reports and policy briefs on a range of issues and topics; communicates about state fiscal and policy issues through its website, media releases, op-eds and public presentations; and provides a voice to decision makers on the need for fiscal and economic policy that moves all Kentuckians forward.

KCEP launched in 2011 and is a project of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). MACED is a community development organization that seeks to create economic alternatives that work for people and places in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. Founded in 1976, MACED’s efforts include promoting enterprise development through capital investment and capacity building; operating demonstration programs that test new development ideas; and conducting research on important public policy issues.




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LANO/Louisiana Budget Project
P.O. Box 66558
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(225) 929-5266
(225) 343-5363 (fax)
Executive Director: Ann Silverberg Williamson
EARN Contact: Jan Moller

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofits (LANO) was created to strengthen the ability of Louisiana’s nonprofits to improve the quality of life in our state. To better serve their communities, nonprofits must become influential participants in the debate about the state’s fiscal policy, embodied in the state budget. For this reason, LANO started the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP). The LBP is an independent research and advocacy project modeled on similar organizations in about 30 other states that participate in the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. To learn more about LANO or the Louisiana Budget Project, please visit www.lano.org or email lbp@lano.org.




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Maine Center for Economic Policy
P.O. Box 437
66 Withrop Street
Augusta, ME 04332
(207) 622-7381
Executive Director: Garrett Martin

The Maine Center for Economic Policy's mission is to promote a sustainable and equitable economy through analyzing and identifying solutions for Maine's economic and fiscal challenges. MECEP seeks to build an economy that allows all Maine's people and communities to achieve security and the greatest opportunity to reach their full potential. The major activities of MECEP are research and publications on state tax and budget policy. It specifically focus its work on livable wages and income security, health care access, tax equity, and sustainable development.




Maryland Center on Economic Policy
1500 Union Ave. Suite 2500
Baltimore MD 21211
Executive Director: Benjamin Orr

The Maryland Center on Economic Policy advances innovative policy ideas to foster broad prosperity and help our state be the standard-bearer for responsible public policy. We engage in research, analysis, strategic communications, public education, and grassroots alliances promoting robust debate and greater public awareness of the policy choices Maryland residents face together.

MDCEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ideas that work for everyone and a public climate where they can prevail.

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Progressive Maryland/Progressive Maryland Education Fund
P.O. Box 2181
Silver Spring, MD 20915
(301) 494-4998
(301) 495-9463 (fax)
Executive Director: Kate Planco Waybright

Progressive Maryland is the largest grassroots advocacy organization in Maryland.  Progressive Maryland fights to pass legislation to improve the lives of working families in Maryland and elects candidates who share our values.  Our 25,000 dues-paying individual members provide our political strength, as does our formal partnership with over fifty of Maryland's largest community, faith-based, labor, and civil rights groups.   Our 501(c)(3) partner, the Progressive Maryland Education Fund, conducts independent research and public education on issues critical to the lives of working families.




Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
15 Court Square, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 426-1228
Executive Director: Noah Berger
EARN Contact: Kurt Wise

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts.

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Crittenton Women’s Union
One Washington Mall
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 259-2900
EARN Contact: Chelsea Lettieri

Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) is a Boston-based nonprofit organization, with a mission to transform the course of low-income women’s lives so that they can attain economic independence and create better futures for themselves and their families. CWU provides comprehensive programs, researches new workforce trends for women, and advocates for public policy that will help its clients achieve economic self-sufficiency.




Michigan League for Public Policy
1223 Turner Street, Suite G-1
Lansing, Michigan 48906-4369
(517) 487-5436
(517) 371-4546 (fax)
Executive Director: Gilda Jacobs
EARN Contact: Peter Ruark

The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) is a statewide citizens non-profit organization dedicated to education, research and advocacy for the benefit of low income and other vulnerable citizens in the state of Michigan. MLPP is comprised of over 1,900 organizational and individual members and has served the human services community in Michigan since 1912. The work of MLPP is concentrated in three core areas: educating the public through information gathering and dissemination; advocacy for our constituents; and services to our members. MLPP also undertakes special projects to achieve specific goals and outcomes that are encompassed by one or more of the core areas.




JOBS NOW Coalition
400 Selby Avenue
Blair Arcade West, Suite Q
St. Paul, MN 55102-4520
(651) 336-5205
Executive Director: Kris Jacobs

Minnesota's JOBS NOW Coalition advances livable wage opportunity through research, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1982, JOBS NOW is the oldest and largest employment policy coalition of its kind in the nation. More than 100 religious, labor, and community organizations put their differences aside to focus on a shared belief: that the opportunity to attain self-sufficiency through work is a fundamental community standard. Since 1995, the Coalition's Job Gap Study has been a catalyst for several dozen other state groups to pursue "economic literacy" research grounded in a standards-based public advocacy model.

Minnesota Budget Project
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W. #20
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 642-1904
Executive Director: Nan Madden

The Minnesota Budget Project provides independent research, analysis, and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income persons and the organizations that serve them. Our mission is to provide interested citizens, elected officials, and community leaders with timely and accurate information so that they can become more active and effective participants in public policy debates.




Hope Policy Institute
4 Old River Place
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 944-4174
(601) 944-0808 (fax)
Executive Director: Corey Wiggins
EARN Contact: Sara Miller

Hope Policy Institute serves as the policy division of HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union).  Through independent analysis grounded in the experiences of HOPE’s programs and its members, the Policy Institute influences policies that affect the allocation of resources and facilitates an environment to ensure that all people prosper.  The Institute’s areas of emphasis include:

  • Budget and Tax
  • Development Finance
  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health & Health Care
  • Housing




Missouri ProVote
5585 Pershing Avenue, Suite 120
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 531-2288
(314) 361-8704(fax)
Executive Director: Matthew Patterson
EARN Contact: Matthew Patterson

MissouriProVote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts research on critical public policy issues facing our state, and provides training in citizenship skills to increase public participation in the political process.




Montana Budget and Policy Center
910 E. Lyndale, Ste. A
Helena, MT 59601
Ph: (406) 422-7320
Fax: (406) 449-0602
Executive Director: Sarah Cobler Leow
EARN Contact: Sarah Wilhelm

The Montana Budget and Policy Center was created in 2008 to provide in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues. The mission of the Montana Budget and Policy Center is to advance sound public policy through timely and objective research and anlysis in order to promote shared prosperity and opportunity for all Montanans.




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Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
821 Riverside Dr.
Reno, NV 89503
(775) 348-7557
(775) 348-7707 (fax)
Executive Director: Bob Fulkerson

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the people of Nevada. PLAN was formed in 1994 to bring people and organizations together who are committed to making a positive difference. PLAN provides a vehicle in Nevada for building consensus and collective strategies among progressives on a range of issues including welfare, immigration, taxes, environment, campaign finance reform, economic justice, and reproductive choice.



New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute
11 Depot Street, 2nd Floor
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 856-8337
Executive Director: Jeff McLynch

Founded in 2009, the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) is an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to exploring, developing, and promoting public policies that foster economic opportunity and prosperity for all New Hampshire residents, with an emphasis on low- and moderate-income families and individuals. Based in Concord, NHFPI produces regular reports on the fiscal and economic challenges facing New Hampshire and strives to serve as a resource to anyone interested in meeting those challenges in a fair and sound fashion.



New Jersey

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New Jersey Policy Perspective
137 W. Hanover Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 393-1145
President: Gordon MacInnes
EARN Contact: Jon Whiten

The mission of New Jersey Policy Perspective is to ensure a vigorous, credible, progressive voice is there to promote prosperity and help set the terms of debate in New Jersey on tax, budget and other issues. NJPP recognizes that government has an important role to play in helping people meet their full potential; reliance on the market isn't enough to bring economic justice for all; and a strong public sector is the cornerstone of a civil society. NJPP nurtures and advances ideas through research, analysis and strategic communication, working with grassroots organizations to build alliances for change.



New Mexico

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New Mexico Voices for Children
2340 Alamo SE Suite 120
Albequerque, NM 87106
(505) 244-9505
(505) 244-9509 (fax)
Executive Director: Veronica Garcia
EARN Contact: Gerry Bradley

New Mexico Voices for Children (Voices) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has been advocating for social and economic justice for New Mexico's low-income families since 1987. Voices is currently the only progressive policy advocacy organization conducting fiscal analysis and advocating for progressive tax reform in New Mexico. Our Fiscal Policy Project addresses imminent tax and budget issues and develops greater community capacity to understand fiscal policy and advocate for more progressive tax and budget policies.



New York

Fiscal Policy Institute
Upstate Office:
One Lear Jet Lane
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 786-3156

Downstate Office:
11 Park Place, Suite 701
New York, NY 10007
(212) 414-9001
Executive Director: Ron Deutsch
EARN Contact: James Parrott

The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) is a nonpartisan research organization that strives to increase public and governmental understanding of fiscal and economic issues affecting the quality of life and economic well-being of New York State residents. FPI's work is intended to further the development and implementation of public policies that create a strong, sustainable economy in which prosperity is broadly shared by all New Yorkers. FPI’s Albany and New York City offices regularly release reports on the state budget, economy, and labor markets, in addition to specific policy areas such as TANF funding, the working poor, social insurance, or school finance. FPI also initiated the project, Good Jobs New York, in conjunction with Good Jobs First, in order to support research and public education about the efficacy of economic development efforts in New York State and City.



North Carolina

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North Carolina Justice Center
Post Office Box 28068
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 856-2570
Executive Director: Melinda Lawrence
EARN Contact: Alexandra Sirota

The North Carolina Justice Center is North Carolina's mission is to end poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.

The Justice Center works to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income North Carolinians through five main strategies:

  • Litigation of cases that will have widespread impact on public policy and protections
  • Analysis of current public policies and research on alternatives that will reduce poverty
  • Advocacy for policy changes that will benefit disadvantaged communities
  • Community Education that empowers individuals and groups to pursue change
  • Communication that influences state leaders and shapes public opinion

The Justice Center is home to a number of specialized projects, including the NC Budget & Tax Center, the NC Health Access Coalition, the Immigrants Legal Assistance Project, the Poverty Law Litigation Project, and the Education & Law Project.




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Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Matters Ohio
3631 Perkins Avenue, Suite 4C - East
Cleveland, OH  44114
(216) 361-9801
(216) 361-9810 (fax)
Executive Director: Amy Hanauer

Columbus Office:
1372 Grandview Avenue, Suite 242
Columbus, Ohio  43212
(614) 486-4601
(614) 486-4603 (fax)

Policy Matters Ohio does research, popular education, and policy advocacy to promote a more fair and prosperous economy. Since its founding in 2000, the group has published more than 150 reports. This research generates more than 400 media stories a year on issues related to work, wages, economic development, tax and budget policy, energy policy, and asset-building. Our work is designed to bring about policies that invest in the future, protect assets, promote opportunity, preserve strong public structures and help Ohio's economy work better for all.




Oklahoma Policy Institute
P.O. Box 14347
Tulsa, OK 74159-1347
(918) 794-3944
Executive Director: David Blatt

Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) is committed to advancing policies aimed at alleviating poverty, promoting fiscal responsibility, and expanding economic opportunity. To that end, OK Policy conducts objective analysis of state policy issues in order to better position Oklahoma to become a more prosperous, better educated, healthier, and increasingly equitable state.




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Oregon Center for Public Policy
204 N. First Street
Post Office Box 7
Silverton, OR 97381-0007
(503) 873-1201
(503) 914-1746 (fax)
Executive Director: Charles Sheketoff

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) is a progressive research organization that provides fast, accurate, credible, and independent policy analysis on fiscal and public policy issues important to low- and moderate-income Oregonians. The OCPP has raised issues of income inequality and low income tax burdens and informed the public debates about welfare reform, poverty, hunger, the economy, and budget priorities. The Oregon Center for Public Policy enjoys a broad-based constituency that includes a variety of community organizing groups, social service agencies (such as the Oregon Food Bank), policy advocates, legal services, organized labor, policy makers, and political activists.




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Keystone Research Center
412 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Executive Director: Steve Herzenberg
EARN Contact: Mark Price

Keystone Research Center conducts research to identify how Pennsylvania can raise living standards and improve economic performance. Through media outreach, links with key legislators, and collaboration with advocacy, labor, and religious organizations, Keystone injects its policy proposals into state policy debate. Through collaboration with labor, management, and other stakeholders, Keystone helps to create institutions that can improve state social and economic outcomes.



Rhode Island

The Economic Progress Institute
(formerly the Poverty Institute)
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 456-8512
Executive Director: Kate Brewster
EARN Contact: Rachel Flum

The Economic Progress Institute develops and promotes policies that improve economic security for low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders and works to ensure tax and budget policies are equitable and adequate to fund public services. The Economic Progress Institute engages in policy analysis, research, education, and advocacy statewide on issues affecting the well-being of all low- and modest-income Rhode Island residents.


South Dakota

South Dakota Voices for Children
808 N. West Avenue
PO Box 2196
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2196
605-335-3836 (fax)
Executive Director: Jennifer Kline
EARN Contacts: Greg Boris & Joy Smolnisky

South Dakota Voices for Children is the only nonprofit, statewide organization that has as its sole purpose improving the lives of all South Dakota children through program and policy advocacy. Our vision is that the needs of all South Dakota children are met, including food, clothing, shelter, health care, nurturing, education and safety within the family and the community. South Dakota Voices for Children conducts research focused on specific problems facing children and youth, develops solutions and then mobilizes the community to support and implement these solutions.




Center for Public Policy Priorities
900 Lydia St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 320-0222
Executive Director: Ann Beeson
EARN Contact: Garrett Groves

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization committed to improving public policies to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans.  The center pursues its mission through independent research and policy development, public education, advocacy, and technical assistance. 




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Voices for Utah Children
747 East South Temple, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
(801) 364-1182
Executive Director: Karen Crompton
EARN Contact: Matthew Weinstein

Voices for Utah Children is the only statewide, multi-issue child advocacy organization that speaks out on behalf of children. We are a credible, nonpartisan, and forceful voice for children and families. For more than twenty years, we have improved children’s lives by combining policy expertise with the power of strategic communications and advocacy to achieve real results.




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Peace & Justice Center
60 Lake Street, 1C
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-2345
EARN Contact: Colin Robinson

Vermont Livable Wage Campaign: www.vtlivablewage.org. The Peace and Justice Center is a statewide, membership organization that employs education, advocacy and non-violent activism to address the interconnected issues of economic and racial justice and peace and human rights. For 28 years, the Peace and Justice Center has been a mobilizing force in Vermont. Via our four projects – The Economic Justice Project, Peace and Human Rights Project, Racial Justice Project and the Peace and Justice Store -  the Peace and Justice Center is a leader in the struggle for economic, racial and social justice for all Vermonters. With a membership of over 1,600 people the Peace and Justice Center works at the grassroots to enact change. In addition to the four projects, The Peace and Justice Center publishes a newsletter 10 times a year, broadcasts a weekly television program, The Peace and Justice Review, and operates a library and community center that serves as a meeting place and an incubator for grassroots groups.

Public Assets Institute
PO Box 942
Montpelier, VT 05601
fax: by appointment
Executive Director: Paul Cillo
EARN Contact: Jack Hoffman

The Public Assets Institute believes that a fundamental purpose of government is to help improve the wellbeing of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable. PAI conducts research, performs fiscal analysis, and develops policies that mobilize the power and financial resources of government to advance the public good. We provide journalists, advocates, government officials, and ordinary citizens with sound, timely, and understandable analyses of state budgets and taxes, and of the fiscal implications of public policy options. PAI promotes wide democratic discussion of these issues so that public policy will serve the needs and hopes of all Vermonters. PAI is independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit.




The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
1329 E Cary Street #202
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 396-2051
Executive Director: Michael Cassidy

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis provides credible, independent and accessible information and analyses of state fiscal issues with particular attention to the impacts on low- and moderate-income persons.

Our products inform state fiscal and budget policy debates and contribute to sound decisions that improve the well-being of individuals, communities and Virginia as a whole.




Economic Opportunity Institute
603 Stewart Street, Suite 715
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 633-6580
(206) 633-6665 (fax)
Executive Director: John R. Burbank
EARN Contact: Marilyn Watkins

The Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) develops new public policies that create ladders for low-income people to climb into the middle class and plug holes so that middle-class families do not fall into poverty. EOI is an activist, progressive, and majoritarian institute that pursues its work through media outreach, public dialogue, and policy initiatives that address the shared economic security concerns of middle-class and low-income workers.



West Virginia

West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
The Union Building
723 Kanawha Blvd E, Suite 300
Charleston, WV 25301-2727
(304) 720-8682  
(304) 342-4300 (fax)
Executive Director: Ted Boettner

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is a policy research organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, and statewide.  It focuses on how policy decisions affect all West Virginians, including low- and moderate-income families, other vulnerable populations, and the important community programs that serve them.  The Center provides accurate, transparent policy analysis and is a credible source of information on state fiscal issues.




University of Wisconsin at Madison
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-3889
Director: Joel Rogers
EARN Contact: Laura Dresser

COWS is a nonprofit think-and-do tank, based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, that promotes “high road” solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. Most of our work is focused on states and metropolitan areas. Within both, we focus on the design of efficient human capital systems, public goods, and infrastructure (energy, water, transportation). COWS houses a series of member projects, including the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE), Center for State Innovation (CSI), Efficiency Cities Network (ECN), Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), and State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI).COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all.


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Institute for Wisconsin's Future
325 W. Silver Spring Drive
Glendale, WI 53217
(414) 967-1682
Executive Director: Gina Palazzari

The Institute for Wisconsin's Future (IWF) is a statewide policy research and community education center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is to inform residents about issues affecting their lives and increase citizen involvement in decision making on key state policies. IWF currently has two key areas of work -- public school finance reform and efforts to improve state-tax and support-program policies that impact low-wage working families.

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Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc.
555 W. Washington Ave., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 284-0580
Executive Director: Ken Taylor
EARN Contact: Jon Peacock

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) is a multi-issue child and family advocacy organization, providing research, policy analysis, public education and advocacy that lead to improved outcomes for children in the areas of health, economic security, safety and education. We believe that children need strong voices representing them, and so are committed to using research, policy analysis, and public education to raise voices to make every kid count.




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Equality State Policy Center
340 West B Street, Suite 203
Casper WY 82601
(307) 472-5939
Executive Director: Brianna Jones

The Equality State Policy Center, a broad-based coalition of Wyoming interests, works to hold Wyoming state and local governments accountable to the people they represent and to encourage and assist state residents to participate in public policy decision-making. The ESPC accomplishes these goals through research, public education and advocacy, including publishing the Legislative Accountability Project on-line. It encourages effective citizen participation through voter mobilization efforts, issue identification and research.