ALEC Digital Exchange 05-29-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 05-29-2014

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Do you know city or county council members who support limited government, free markets and federalism?

Invite them to the 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas to join other local policymakers at the inaugural meeting of the
American City County Exchange Council
, America‘s only non-partisan free market forum for town, city and county policymakers.

Early Registration ENDS June 13 for the 2014 Annual Meeting


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View the agenda here and plan your trip to Dallas today.

Bring the family:
Spouses can attend the conference
, while Kids Congress keeps children 17 and younger entertained during the day.

Early Registration Deadline is June 13, 2014. Housing Cut-Off Deadline is June 27, 2014


Registration and hotel information is available here.

Did you know? The entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the Cowboys AT&T Stadium, even with the retractable roof enclosed.

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Book your Dallas SuperShuttle reservation to/from the airport and Hilton Anatole hotel today.
The special Annual Meeting rate is $15 per trip, per person, for a shared ride.

Exclusive service is available from both DFW and Dallas Love Field airports.

Book online or call 1-800-BLUE VAN to book reservations. Use Discount Code X9VJF.


American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

ALEC Goes Local
ALEC makes another appearance in Governing Magazine, receiving praise for its inception of the American City County Exchange. The American City County Exchange is lauded as a “smart step for ALEC.”

Do Taxes Matter?

Via Tax Analysts, “in The Politics of State Taxation, Deputy Publisher David Brunori describes the debate over whether taxes matter in individual and business migration choices and criticizes intergovernmental aid.” The article in Tax Analysts cites Rich States, Poor States as part of the discussion (Tax Analysts is subscription only).

NY economy better than Arizona’s? Not a chance
The Arizona Central references Rich States, Poor States by contrasting Arizona’s strong economic performance with New York’s dismal economic standing. Reports from the Tax Foundation and Chief Executive
magazine also give comparable results regarding the economies of Arizona and New York.

Electronic Privacy Battles Taking Place in 20 States
Newsmax highlight’s ALEC work with a variety of groups to develop state policy models that protect the electronic rights and data of citizens.

Texas slips a notch in Rich States, Poor States
Dallas Real Estate cites Texas’ change in economic standing in Rich States, Poor States from 12 in 2013 to 13 in this year’s report.

The Road to Detroit
In a
Castle Report podcast, Darrel Castle bases his conversation of state economic conditions on data provided by Rich States, Poor States.

Williamson named to co-chair of council
The Walton Tribune announces the move by Rep. Bruce Williamson, GA (HD-111) to become Georgia state co-Chair.

Rep. Bruce Williamson to Serve as Georgia Public Sector State Chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council
Insurance News

announces Rep. Bruce Williamson, GA (HD-111) as the new Georgia Public Sector State Chair.

Opinion: Marketing masks mess in New York
A representative of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce cites Rich States, Poor States in a comparison between Arizona and New York economic outlook at Your West Valley.

NBER Report: Medicaid Expansion Reduces Incentives to Work
American Legislator describes a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research in which policy makers are warned about the consequences of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.

ALEC to Launch its Local Government Initiative in Dallas
The launch of the American City County Exchange during the ALEC 2014 Annual Meeting is highlighted in an article from the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Taxes, Migration and Economic Evidence
At American Legislator, the Center for State Fiscal Reform provides more detail in the case for state tax rates effecting American migration between the states – helpful map included from the Tax Foundation.


Task Force Tours

On Tuesday, Ed Walton, legislative analyst for the Task Force on Health and Human Services
, attended a policy briefing hosted by the Cato Institute titled, “The Economics of Medicaid and the Need for Reform.” The briefing examined various options to best manage the program at the state level, as Medicaid is already the largest item on many state budgets and federal spending is expected to increase dramatically.

Today, Cara Sullivan, director of the Justice Performance Project and John Eick, director of the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture
, are holding a series of issue briefings with lawmakers in North Carolina. The first issue briefing examines overcriminalization and highlights ways to prevent state laws from unnecessarily making criminals of lawful citizens. The second issue briefing features a presentation regarding the effects of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) mandated in North Carolina.