ALEC Digital Exchange 03-20-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 03-20-2014

Spring Task Force Summit Deadlines Approaching 

Early Bird Registration and Hotel Room Block reservations for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO end April 4.
View the current agenda here. 

Did you know? Kansas City was named America’s #1 Affordable Getaway in 2013 by Travel and Leisure; Top Culinary Destination in 2012 by Saveur; and one of America’s best downtowns in 2011 by Forbes.

Home to the American Jazz Museum, National World War I Museum, Jesse James historical sites, several Civil War battles, the Truman Library and Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Midwest’s premier entertainment epicenter and the largest concentration of barbecue joints in the country, Kansas City offers plenty to entertain the entire family.

Register today to receive the best prices and ensure your hotel room at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.


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New Report: Raising the Minimum Wage

A new report, Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers provides facts and research about impacts of raising the minimum wage to inform the debate for lawmakers around the country.


Download your copy of Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers.   


Member legislators will soon receive mailed hard copies. 

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Released Today: Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future

The American Legislative Exchange Council has released its latest report, Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future, by Tom Tanton, a 40-year veteran in the energy technology and legislative interface.

The report follows the recently adopted Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution and offers a primer on distributive generation (DG) and net metering, discusses the importance and value of the electric grid, reviews existing studies on the cost and cost-shifting elements of net metering, and provides an analysis of net metering from a competitive market perspective.

Download your copy of Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future here.

Download the key findings document here.

Member legislators will soon receive mailed hard copies. 


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Invitation: Kansas City Power and Light Tour

During the Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO, the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture has arranged for member legislators to tour the Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) Hawthorn Generating Facility, which generates electricity from both coal and natural gas.

The tour will take place on May 1 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., the day immediately before the Spring Task Force Summit. In order to join the tour, please be ready to leave the host hotel – Kansas City Marriott Downtown – by 1:30 P.M.

Transportation to the facility, safety equipment and all other materials will be provided.

Please RSVP to John Eick at Space is limited.


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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Research & Commentary: Tennessee Hall Tax
The Heartland Institute details efforts by low-tax proponents to bring more tax reforms to Tennessee.

Seattle Restricts Uber and Transportation Innovation
John Stephenson reports at American Legislator about Seattle efforts to prevent Uber from competing with current transportation options in the city.

Study Finds Nevadans Pay Third Lowest Taxes

8 News Now in Las Vegas counts ALEC among policy organizations and study that praise Nevada’s favorable low-tax laws.

Arizona Says “Neigh” to small businesses
The American Legislator reports that Arizona has the country’s heaviest regulations in occupational licensing and makes criminals of small business owners.

Kansas Ruling Rolls Back Mandate Spending on Schools
Investors Business Daily includes ALEC studies of education spending spending by pupil in its discussion of the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding mandated education spending.


Other News Clips
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State Education Trends: New Cato Institute Study

The Cato Institute has released a new state-by-state study that compares state education spending with test scores during the past 40 years.

See how your state compares here.

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Task Force Tours

Yesterday, Cara Sullivan, director of the Task Force on Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development, held an issue briefing for ALEC members in Ohio regarding open and competitive bidding practices in infrastructure procurement.

Today, John Stephenson, director of the Task Force on Communications and Technology, will testify as an invited expert before the South Carolina House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on state efforts to curb warrantless surveillance and strengthen citizens’ privacy.

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March is National Reading Month