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Govs On Deck – July 9, 2019

Govs on Deck

Good Tuesday morning – I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th and no one in DC floated away yesterday. Welcome to this week’s edition of “Govs on Deck” – the weekly tip sheet dedicated to keeping you informed about what is happening in Democratic governors’ offices around the country.
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Coming up this week:

2020 topic of the week: Equal Pay
Dem govs get it done. U.S. women’s national soccer team rules the world. 
It’s 2019 and the gender wage gap is alive and well. And, thanks in part to the USWNT and their class-action lawsuit demanding equal pay (based on outcomes, they should get paid more, honestly), the topic of equal pay has been making news. So what have our Dem govs been doing to help close the wage gap? So glad you asked – here are some examples:

Some news from this past week:

  • Education:
    • MINNESOTA Gov. Tony EVERS added an additional $87 million to state schools in part of a series of budget vetoes made last week.
    • MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER unveiled the “Going PRO in Michigan” campaign aimed at encouraging more students to pursue trades careers to help close the state’s skills gap. 
  • Agriculture:
    • MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen WHITMER signed a bill that will provide funding for the qualified agricultural loan origination program to assist farmers during one of the wettest years on record.
  • Health care:
    • CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned LAMONT signed HB7125 which requires insurers to cover mental health and substance disorder treatment at the same level as physical health.
    • NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil MURPHY signed two bills that will protect health and retirement security for the state’s first responders, including those who volunteered for 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center sites.
  • Affordable housing:
    • HAWAI’I Gov. David IGE signed HB1312 which dedicates millions of dollars to the state’s ongoing efforts to create more affordable housing.

Name that governor:
This governor met their significant other in kindergarten class…
Think you know? Shoot me your answer at
Last week’s winner is Zach Cohen (National Journal) who correctly identified Gov. Michelle LUJAN GRISHAM as the answer to this question:
This governor appeared on rollerblades in a campaign ad…
You can check out the campaign ad here.
Have a great week!