ALEC Digital Exchange 03-06-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 03-06-2014


Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO.  

All events will take place at the host hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Early Bird prices and Hotel Room Block reservations end April 4.

Did you know? The Kansas City Power and Light District (KC P&L) is the Midwest’s premier entertainment epicenter, covering nine blocks and more than half a million square feet. The Power and Light District boasts more than 50 restaurants, bars, clubs, comedy theaters, a dine-in movie theater and other entertainment venues, offering something for everyone. 

Please make your plans to join lawmakers from around the country for a celebration of limited government, free markets and federalism May 1 and 2.

Questions? Click here to register or for more information.


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Policy Proposal Deadline Approaching: March 18
If you are interested in proposing policy ideas for discussion at the Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO on May 1 and 2, please note that the deadline to submit policy proposals is March 18.
Please also note that only public sector members can submit policy proposals.
If you have any questions, please contact your Task Force director.
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Coming Soon: New Report on Raising the Minimum Wage 

The Task Force on Commerce, Insurance Economic Development is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its newest State Factor, Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers.  

The report focuses on how, despite good intentions, raising the minimum wage will hurt less-experienced and less-educated Americans and place an additional burden on businesses, especially small businesses struggling in the current economic and regulatory climate.

As the minimum wage debate is brought to state legislatures around the country, Raising the Minimum Wage is a resource that gathers the pertinent facts and research needed to inform the discussion.


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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Education — Idaho and Gem County 

In The Messenger Index, the Honorable Steven Thayn, ID (SD-8) discusses the state’s public education system citing ranks and findings from the Education Report Card.

How to Identify Serious Pension Reform 

The March 4 Cato Institute’s Daily Podcast featured Will Freeland on the topic of state pension reform and how to tell if your state is serious about making positive reforms.

Running Counter to National Trend, Minnesota to Consider Easing Creation of Municipal Networks

Communications Daily quotes John Stephenson regarding the importance of taxpayer oversight over government-owned broadband networks. (Communications Daily is subscription-only.)
Want to Avoid the Employer Mandate? There’s a Rule Against That
At American Legislator, Ed Walton explains the administration’s rule to ban businesses from reducing staff in response to the Affordable Care Act.

Wireless Tax Burden Harms U.S. Economy 

Alex Rued reports to American Legislator that wireless taxes and fees have increased three times faster than those levied on general goods and services.

New Report Reveals Level of Federal Aid to the States and Importance of Fiscal Federalism

Kati Siconolfi and Will Freeland break down a new state-by-state report of state reliance on federal aid at American Legislator. 


Other News Clips
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Task Force Tours

On Wednesday, the tax team held a policy briefing breakfast on state competitiveness with legislators in Montgomery, AL.
Today and Friday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, is in Salt Lake City, UT for a pension reform event.
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March is National Reading Month