Tag Archive: ALEC

  • Financial Ready Idaho

    States are increasing their dependence on federal funds at a time when the federal government is facing difficult fiscal challenges. According to the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group, State Budget Solutions, state governments (combined) received 31.6 percent of their revenue from the federal government in 2012. Additionally, Census Bureau data shows … »

  • Tax Reform and Pension Reform

    | March 13, 2014 | Add a comment

    This appeared on PublicSectorInc.Org on March 11, 2014. Congressman Dave Camp’s recently released tax reform draft has stimulated a much-needed national conversation about the U.S. tax code, attracting praise, criticism and skepticism. Buried in the plan is one tax change that could significantly influence the pension reform debate now raging nationwide at the state and local … »

  • Pension Myths Keep Us From Making Badly Needed Reforms

    As 2014 brings in new struggles for cities and states to pay for employee legacy costs while still funding the essential functions of government, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are reconsidering how to provide a secure retirement for state and municipal employees in a responsible manner. Reports estimate … »

  • Oklahoma Tax Cuts Back on Track

    | January 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

    Oklahoma is back on track to reduce its personal income tax and make sure it remains economically competitive. Last year, Oklahoma legislators voted to reduce the state’s personal income tax from 5.25 percent to 5 percent starting January 1, 2015. There was also a provision to lower the income tax … »

  • National School Choice Week—Empower Parents, Improve Student Learning

    | January 24, 2014 | Add a comment

    Last month, the results of an international exam revealed that America’s world ranking hasn’t changed much in three years. The scores were “a picture of stagnation,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan remarked. 65 countries and economies participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a math, science, and … »

  • William Freeland Testimony on Municipal Pension Reform

    | January 22, 2014 | Add a comment

    On October 10, 2013 Research Analyst William Freeland was asked to testify in front of the House Committee on Financial Liabilities Reform on the topic of municipal pension reform. His written testimony can be found below, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to speak to the House Committee on … »

  • The $5.1 Trillion Elephant in the Room

    | January 22, 2014 | Add a comment

    State Budget Solutions, a non-partisan public policy organization, has released their 4th annual report on state debt. The findings are not pleasant. The data shows that the total combined state debt is equal to $5.1 trillion. For perspective, this figure is almost five times as much as the bipartisan appropriations … »

  • Political gridlock shouldn’t be solved with monarchy

    | January 14, 2014 | Add a comment

    This article original appeared on The Daily Caller on December 23, 2013. Read the original here. With the endless gridlock of modern Washington, it’s tempting to want to ditch the whole American constitutional system and install a king, who could at least get things done. This is essentially what David … »

  • In Texas, Economic Freedom Produces Innovation and Growth

    | January 13, 2014 | Add a comment

    The United States is in the midst of an economic paradigm shift as evidenced by the evolution of state-level economies. States that used to be bastions of economic innovation are experiencing decline, while other states pick up the slack and replace them on the cutting edge of industry. In terms … »

  • State tax cuts: the year that was, the year that is to come

    This also appeared on PublicSectorInc.Org on December 20, 2013. Taxpayers had much to be thankful for in 2013. As ALEC’s recent State Tax Cut Roundup outlines, 18 states cut taxes during this year’s legislative session: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, … »