ALEC Digital Exchange 03-13-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 03-13-2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO. Click here to view the agenda. 

Early Bird prices and Hotel Room Block reservations at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown end April 4.

Did you know? The Truman Library and Museum, located in nearby Independence, MO, chronicles the robust two-terms of American president, Harry S Truman. Exhibits include the decision to drop the atomic bomb, actions during the Cold War and recognition of the new state of Israel. President Truman and his wife, Bess, are buried in the museum courtyard.

Did you ALSO know? The middle initial “S” in President Truman’s name did not stand for any word, but was rather a compromise between the two names of his grandfathers. President Truman informed reporters they did not have to put a period after the “S”, sparking controversy that continues today.

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.

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Policy Proposal Deadline NEXT WEEK
Next Tuesday, March 18, is the deadline to submit proposals for policy discussion at the Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO on May 1 and 2.  
Please note: only public sector members can submit policy proposals. If you have any questions, please contact your Task Force director.
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Newly Released Report: Raising the Minimum Wage

As businesses struggle to recover from the most recent recession, policymakers at the federal, state and local levels of government are considering solutions to help America’s less fortunate. 


One suggestion is to increase the minimum wage, despite evidence that doing so negatively impacts those it is intended to help.


The Task Force on Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development released its newest State Factor, Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers. 


This report provides facts about raising the minimum wage and gathers research to inform the debate for lawmakers around the country.


Click here to download a copy of Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers. 

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Keep the Web Free of New Taxes and Regulations 

Rep. Blair Thoreson (ND-44) and Mr. Bartlett Cleland, co-chairs of the Task Force on Communications and Technology, share with RedState readers the importance of keeping the Internet free of government regulations and taxes to promote continued growth and innovation.

Spying on You: Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act 

John Stephenson spoke with 94.3 FM Charleston, SC talk radio host, Kelly Golden about electronic privacy and states’ responses to NSA spying.

Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses, and Consumers

At American Legislator, Cara Sullivan unveils a new report on the minimum wage that provides facts and studies to inform the national debate surrounding raising the minimum wage.

The World Wide Web: 25 Years Later
The blog team at American Legislator commemorates the World Wide Web’s 25th anniversary.

Just in Time for Tax Season, Alternatives to an Online Sales Tax
John Stephenson provides background for and coverage of this week’s congressional hearing on online sales tax proposals to the RedState community.

State Ranking Group faults Idaho for PERSI Accounting, preferential tax incentives to attract businesses

The Idaho Reporter attended a tax issue briefing Jonathan Williams held this week to discuss potential reforms to the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI).

Tax Reform and Pension Reform

At Public Sector Inc., Ben Wilterdink explains why municipal pension reform is especially important, given Rep. Dave Camp’s proposed tax reform bill.

NYC Mayor Rescinds Space-sharing Agreement for Three Charter Schools
The blog team at American Legislator provides continued coverage of the ongoing charter school saga in New York City.

Corrections system in need of reform
The Daily Journal discusses efforts around the country to bring much-needed reform to the criminal justice and corrections system, and the organizations working to make reform possible.

$126 Million Gem State Tax Battle
President of the Show-Me Institute Rex Sinquefield cites the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index in
Forbes when making the case for tax policies that improve neighboring states’ abilities to compete with one another.

Pension Expert: Local Pennsylvania Downgrates Lurk

A discussion at the American Legislator reports of new accounting rules that would force municipalities to report that net pension liability could trigger downgrades in Pennsylvania.

Tennessee Considers Eliminating Hall Tax 

Will Freeland breaks down proposals in Tennessee to repeal taxes on investment income at American Legislator.

Attacking Consumer Choices Through the Tax Code 

Ben Wilterdink writes at American Legislator of the Principles of Taxation to penalize or incentivize consumer products, such as electronic tobacco.


Other News Clips

Over 500 economists slam minimum wage hike as a jobs killer

Parents file first lawsuit over city’s axed charter schools

Edward Snowden pushes Web privacy at South by Southwest

Union: Obamacare will slash wages by up to $5 an hour

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Staff Changes

As Executive Director Ron Scheberle plans for retirement and a search for the next Executive Director is conducted, the following staff changes are effective immediately:

  • Senior Director of Policy Michael Bowman will serve as Deputy Director. Michael will continue his duties as Senior Director of Policy. Along with the staff leadership team, Michael will help lead the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Director of Tax and Fiscal Policy Jonathan Williams will be elevated to the new role of Senior Task Force Director and help provide policy guidance and management to the Policy Department. Jonathan will serve as a member of the staff leadership team while maintaining his current duties as director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform.
  • Alex Rued, Legislative Analyst for the Task Force on Communications and Technology, says goodbye this week to pursue full-time graduate studies at Georgetown University. Alex was a tremendous asset and will be missed.
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Task Force Tours

Last Friday, Sean Riley, director of the Task Force on Health and Human Services, accepted an invitation to testify before the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee regarding the state and federal health exchange websites.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, held an issue briefing on state economic competitiveness for lawmakers in Idaho.

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March is National Reading Month