Tag Archive: ALEC

  • ALEC Comments on FCC Municipal Broadband Vote

    | February 26, 2015 | Add a comment

    Overtly political acts are often breathtaking, usually for the arrogance, ignorance and desperation they bring to light. They are made even more so when appointed officials of a so-called independent agency who should be concerned with public policy and technical standards act politically. Today, one’s breath is taken away by … »

  • ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson Speaks at Conservative Women’s Network

    | February 7, 2015 | Add a comment

    ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson spoke at the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute’s Conservative Women’s Network on Friday at The Heritage Foundation. Below is the video of her speech. A few highlights from her talk: Now is a historic moment for conservative women in politics. There are more women holding … »

  • 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 … »