Update: 2013 Criminal Justice Reforms on Course for Success in South Dakota

Earlier this week, the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on the implementation of the state’s Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013. South Dakota, like many states across the nation, had experienced an immense growth in prison spending with no commensurate public safety … »

Gubernatorial Elections and the Message on Taxes

While there is plenty to analyze from the elections as a whole, one of the most important lessons that we can glean from the 2014 mid-terms is on taxes. The message sent this election cycle to the nation’s governors is unmistakable. Governors who enacted bold tax reforms were reelected, even … »

ALEC Weighs in on Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

Earlier today, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) submitted a public comment expressing significant concerns with a proposed redefinition of “waters of the United States.” On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published the proposed rule defining the scope … »

Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Reach $4.7 Trillion

As newly elected state legislators across the country consider what issues to address, they are likely to encounter the growing storm cloud of unfunded pension liabilities. According to Promises Made, Promises Broken 2014, a new report from the non-partisan government watchdog group State Budget Solutions, unfunded public pension liabilities in … »