This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small businesses to expand into the online marketplace. This complication is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act or MFA.

Right now, traditional “brick-and-mortar” stores are required by states and localities to collect sales taxes from customers and remit those back to the states. This is because they have a physical presence in …

New Municipal Bankruptcy Ruling Highlights the Need for Pension Reform

Recently, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled that the city of Stockton, California could reduce the amount it was obligated to pay in pension costs and could even leave the state’s retirement system (CalPERS). The significance of this decision is difficult to overstate. Pensions were long thought to be absolutely … »

Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Public Sector Labor Unions – Problems and Solutions for Reform

According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 14.5 million Americans belong to a union. 35.3 percent of government employees are unionized. Because these individuals are on the public’s payroll, taxpayers and policymakers must demand accountability and transparency from unions representing public employees. Every individual should have the right to … »

ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism

Recently two local governments have filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an attempt to have the federal government preempt state laws on local government-owned broadband networks. In response, ALEC sent initial comments, signed by 20 state legislators, and reply comments to the FCC stating our objections to … »

Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980

In September, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released their annual report on the prison population of the United States. In 2013 an estimated 1,574,700 prisoners were held under the legal authority of state and federal correctional officials–a figure that excludes the population of local jails. This is an increase in … »