A road map to legislative success
DLA’s 7-Step Road Map is a proven model that will help legislators across America turn around their state’s economy.
How to increase your Gross State Product (GSP)
As a state legislator, you have a responsibility to increase your state’s GSP. When state growth declines, a downward spiral begins. Increasingly, state leaders are recognizing that their state’s economy is fragile and there is a potential economic decline rooted in a huge misalignment between employer needs and available skilled workers.
Lower state revenues begin a downward spiral that reduces education and public service funding, produces less qualified graduates, lowers per-capita incomes, increases tax burdens, and eventually forces an industry exodus from your state.
When industry leaves, so do skilled workers, and vice versa.
But your state can reverse its slide on its downward path. Learn more about DLA’s economic development foundation here.
The solution comes from DLA’s Legislative Road Map
The model you can use for your state’s success comes from a 1990 plan developed by Utah leaders Rep. Dick Bradford, Dane Goodfellow, and Mary Sucher. This plan began the push for improved education outcomes and workforce alignment in order to advance economic development.
DLA believes that by utilizing the 7-Step Legislative Road Map, developed over the last 20 years, nationwide legislation will be managed from beginning to end. DLA needs legislators that are passionate about making significant change and can build coalitions with key stakeholders in their state.
Your Guide to the Key Issues
DLA recognizes thirty issues spanning public education, higher education, and workforce development. "When you fix your educational issues, you fix your workforce. When you fix your workforce, your state’s economy significantly improves."
The Proven 7-Step DLA Legislative Road Map
We created this 7-Step Legislative Road Map to help legislators from coast-to-coast turn around their state economy. Click here to learn more about these seven steps.
- Partner with DLA
- Build a custom plan for your state with DLA
- Educate on Issues and Successful Policies
- Recruit Sponsors and Initiate Legislation
- Manage and Track Legislation
- Implement Oversight and Transparency
- Expand Success Based on Outcomes and ROI (Return on Investment)