ALEC Digital Exchange 05-01-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 05-01-2014

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Going on now: Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO

If you are trying to reach staff or a member of leadership, please know your message will be returned as soon as possible, but perhaps not until after the Summit is concluded.

Thank you for your patience. Please consider attending the 2015 Spring Task Force Summit in Savannah, GA.


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Rich States, Poor States ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index.

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

We need new laws to protect student privacy
The Daily Caller cites ALEC model policy to create a state-based student data security plan for education departments as state and federal officials seek to increase protections for children’s data online.

Meet the Tech-Savviest Legislators in the U.S. (Interactive Map)

Government Technology highlights state lawmakers who are leaders in technology policy. One of the 13 featured legislators is Rep. Blair Thoreson (ND-44), Chair of the Task Force on Communications and Technology.

New legislation to curb prison overcrowding
The Indiana Daily Student cites ALEC data regarding spending by the Indiana Department of Corrections on inmates.

Why Paper Bags Should Be Fee-Free

John Eick discusses problems and harmful unintended consequences of enacting paper bag fees at the American Legislator.

State Sen. Jim Buck: Changes pave way to a brighter future
Indiana Senator and State Chair Jim Buck writes in the Kokomo Tribune of economic policy changes that improve the states employer-friendly business climate.

Alaska joins Balanced Budget Amendment Compact
Alaska’s News Talk Radio 650 AM
discusses the growing compact of states calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Other News

Why the sanctions against Russia probably won’t work

Union leader says Obama’s latest Keystone delay is ‘killing jobs’

Battle over school choice looms over Legislature

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Rich States, Poor States in the News

Rich States, Poor States continues to receive positive national coverage.
New examples of coverage include:

The Nashville Post ALEC ranks Tennessee 12th

90.5 WESA PittsburghPA Ranks 33rd in Economic Outlook Competitiveness

Providence Journal
Stephen Moore: Double whammies keep R.I. down

Florida WatchdogFlorida a top ranked economy? No so fast, report says

Task Force UpdateAfter three years of leadership on the Task Force for Communications and Technology, director John Stephenson will depart ALEC at the conclusion of the Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City. John has accepted a position at Amazon, where he will continue his work in technology policy. Leadership and Staff appreciate all John’s work with the Task Force and wish John all the best in his new endeavor. Please be sure to greet John if you see him in Kansas City.Task Force ToursJohn Stephenson, director of the Task Force on Communications and Technology, attended the 2014 Cable Show in Los Angeles before flying to Kansas City for the Spring Task Force Summit.

On Monday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, appeared on “The Jason Lewis Show” from 8:00-9:00 PM ET to discuss Rich States, Poor States
and applications across the states.

On Tuesday, Ben Wilterdink and Will Freeland of the Center for State Fiscal Reform attended a policy briefing regarding Congressman Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Act of 2014. The briefing was hosted by the DCI Group in Washington, D.C.

Today, the tax team is holding a legislative briefing on tax and fiscal policy with Kansas legislators in Topeka.