How does your state rank?
You can probably guess your state’s economic competitiveness based on how much you pay in taxes and the makeup of your state government. Just out: 2016 Rich States, Poor States economic outlook for every state → https://t.co/qPWKvdn16J#RSPS#ALECIdeaspic.twitter.com/LOp2d7qjVT — ALEC (@ALEC_states) April 12, 2016 It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the top ten states have in common — and what the bottom ten | Read More »
Disappointing Friedrichs Decision Underscores Need for States to Act
Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed down a disappointing 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which with a fifth vote, would have secured the rights of teachers across the country not to be forced to support the teachers unions’ political causes as a condition of employment. Rebecca Friedrichs, the main plaintiff in the case, and her lawyers were hoping that the court would overturn | Read More »
Filtering out the Myths Supporting Cigarette Taxes
The Nebraska Legislature recently considered raising the tax rate on tobacco products such as cigarettes. The bill was brought to committee but, thankfully, failed to receive enough votes to be heard on the floor. In this case, Nebraska legislators made the right decision – an unreliable source of revenue and discriminatory in nature, cigarette taxes offer little benefit to the public good and can actually | Read More »
When it Comes to Kansas, What’s the Matter with Leftists?
On Friday, New York Magazine author Eric Levitz published a Left wing rant highly critical of tax reforms Kansas implemented in 2012. The back-benchers at Salon, predictably followed. The article, ironically published during Sunshine Week, severely muddled the process and impact of Kansas’ tax reforms – not to mention economic reality. Further, it misrepresented research conducted by the respected non-partisan Kansas Policy Institute (KPI). KPI | Read More »
The topic of healthcare has typically been a lightning rod election issue, and the 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. Hillary Clinton, oft remembered for her failed 1993 health reform plan, is promising to “improve” Obamacare by lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and introducing new and unprecedented regulatory requirements for the pharmaceutical industry. To lower prescription drug costs, the former first lady has a | Read More »
Right-to-Work in 2016
Even before the third month of the year is finished, there have already been major victories for advocates of increased worker freedom. For the first time, a majority of U.S. states are now right-to-work states. Adopting a right-to-work law – laws that protect workers from being forced to join a labor union as a condition of their employment – has always been the goal of | Read More »
Massachusetts Plays the Lottery with Students’ Futures
Last Wednesday, the families of 366 Massachusetts students waited anxiously while their educational fates were decided by a lottery. The families were applying to the Holyoke Community Charter School, one of the best in Massachusetts, but because charter school enrollment is arbitrarily capped in the state, only 34 were chosen to enroll in the school. Unfortunately, scenes like the one at Holyoke are not uncommon | Read More »
Lawmakers Can Prevent Future Flint Crises
As Flint officials handle the water crisis sickening town residents, state and local lawmakers should take a closer look at their own water supply and infrastructure viability. Thankfully, ALEC members have focused on this issue for years and can offer solutions that can be applied back home. ALEC is the largest nonprofit, voluntary membership association of state legislators focused on solving state policy issues that | Read More »
Medicaid ‘Reinsurance’ Program Deceives U.S. Treasury Department, Taxpayers
The list of failures, misrepresentations and falsities surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost unending. First there was the assurance that under the ACA if Americans liked their doctor, they could keep them. However upon implementation we learned that was not going to be the case. Then there was the botched management of healthcare.gov, originally projected to cost taxpayers $464 million | Read More »
Will Flint officials adopt a competitive bidding process to fix their pipes?
Federal disaster relief for Flint Michigan’s water contamination could exceed one billion tax dollars before all is said and done. As that money is dispersed to solve Flint’s water contamination, what steps are being taken to ensure this money is being used wisely? How are the taxpayers going to be reassured this money is not going to fund pet projects and crony capitalists? It is no | Read More »