ALEC Digital Exchange 05-15-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 05-15-2014

News and Information


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Download Rich States, Poor States to see where your state ranks in economic competitiveness.


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TODAY – Net Metering Reform Webinar

Today, Brenda Burns, former ALEC National
Chair and current Commissioner on the

Arizona Corporation Commission will join ALEC members for a webinar and conference call regarding net metering reform in Arizona.

Tom Tanton of T2 and Associates and author of the
recently released Reforming Net Metering will also share
the major findings of his report.

When: TODAY; 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. ET

To RSVP, please click here or email John Eick

Fordham Institute Course Choice Publication

Expanding the Education Universe:
A Fifty-State Strategy for Course Choice

Yesterday, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released its latest report: Expanding the Education Universe: A Fifty-State Strategy for Course Choice.

Course choice is a strategy to widen educational opportunities for schools and children
that offers partnerships with top-tier universities and innovative community colleges, as well as local employers, labs and hospitals.

Download this brand-new guide for lawmakers and education leaders to devise course-choice policies that improve educational opportunities.

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Bring the Family to Dallas, Texas for the 2014 Annual Meeting, July 30 – August 1

Kids Congress keeps children up to age 17 entertained throughout the day, while
spouses can register
to attend the entire conference.

Early Registration Deadline is June 13, 2014

Housing Cut-Off Deadline is June 27, 2014

Registration and hotel information is available here.

American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

Montana Slips in Business Competitive Index

The Big Sky Business Journal laments Montana’s drop in the Rich States, Poor States economic competitiveness index at the same time other states raise their ranking.

NY biz leaders: Step up and fight

Crain’s New York Business
published an op-ed by a Republican gubernatorial candidate that cites Rich States, Poor States in a call to action to the New York business community to improve New York’s economic competitiveness ranking.

ALEC’s quest to restore American competitiveness
An op-ed by Professor Timothy Nash in the Midland Daily News provides a description of the positive impact of participation with ALEC.

Taxes Do Matter to Migration
At the
American Legislator
, the tax team at the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform explain how state taxes affect Americans’ decisions to move across borders. This article was also featured in Tax Analysts (subscription-only).

Marching Toward Fiscal Transparency
GovLoop discusses the passage of the federal Digital Accountability and Transparency Act as building upon a move toward transparency by several states. GovLoop cites the non-partisan American Legislative Exchange Council as working on similar transparency issues.

Massachusetts Plans to Replace Troubled Health Insurance Exchange

Ed Walton reports at the American Legislator of Massachusetts plans to follow Oregon and drop the state’s health insurance exchange site.

Travel expenses to attend ALEC meetings reimbursed
The Aberdeen News reports that the South Dakota Legislature approved travel reimbursement to attend ALEC meetings, similar to other legislative policy organizations.

Revenue Shortfalls and Debt Downgrades in Kansas
At the
American Legislator
, Will Freeland explains Kansas’ state bond downgrade by Moody’s Investors, and why it’s not the teachable moment tax reform opponents are claiming.

The Republican establishment is back
Michael Gerson writes in the Gazette Extra of North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis’ primary election victory.

Other News

Bill Expanding Access to Charter Schools Could Benefit Latinos

Charter Schools Are All the Rage

Another blue-collar union asks Senate Dems to support Keystone XL

Is Los Angeles the next Detroit?

Task Force Tours

Ben Wilterdink, of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, was in New Jersey this week to give a presentation on Rich States, Poor States and discuss tax policy with New Jersey lawmakers and coalition groups.