- Russell: When crafting drone policies, context is key | Richmond Times Dispatch
October 20, 2014
A new trend of local governments banning drones is emerging around the country. Evanston, Ill., and Syracuse, N.Y., are among the most recent municipalities to ban drones. But do local government bans of aerial drones result from people’s fear of the unknown rather than an embrace of the future? It is easy to understand why Americans would be fearful of drones in light of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, what with ample news coverage of drone missile strikes and surveillance. Many moral and legal concerns have been raised regarding drone use.
- Attacks against ALEC are misguided | The Indianapolis Star
October 18, 2014
A recent letter to the editor (“ALEC has huge influence in Indiana”) made misleading comments about the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization to which I belong. Bringing state legislators, research analysts and entrepreneurs together to develop effective policy solutions is common sense; something desperately needed in today’s government. ALEC meetings include informational presentations, policy debates and idea exchanges informing lawmakers about legislative proposals that have worked or failed in other states. ALEC members typically believe government is too big and its bureaucratic regulations, taxes and fees stifle the private sector’s ability to expand businesses and create jobs. We also […]
- The Need for Better Stewardship over the Money Government Spends | Governing.com
October 9, 2014
When a water main breaks in your town, what does the local government do? Other than responding to the break with the appropriate emergency services, the municipality works to replace the broken main. Companies are asked to bid for the job based on the cost of pipes, other materials and labor. Officials then award a contract that delivers the best work for the best price. That’s the way procurement is supposed to work. However, this isn’t always the case, and too often the real culprit is poor oversight by elected officials.
- Report: Illinois among the ‘poor’ states for economic performance | Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2014
In the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” from the conservative think tank American Legislative Exchange Council, Illinois ranks near the bottom of every major economic category, according to the Council’s calculations. The chart below shows five of the primary economic measurements for which states are ranked:Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- Eric Schmidt Letter to the Editor | The Wall Street Journal
September 30, 2014
This appeared in The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2014. Your editorial ” Google Kills Birds” (Sept. 26) uses comments I made during a National Public Radio interview to accuse Google of hypocrisy on climate change. My words could have been more artful, as Google recently had a thoughtful and constructive meeting about renewable energy and climate change with the American Legislative Exchange Council. However, the Journal wrongly questions Google’s long-standing and very real commitment to sustainability. Our data centers, which enable products and services for billions of users around the world, use renewable energy whenever possible. And, since 2007 […]
- The mercenary motives behind Eric Schmidt’s appeal to green virtue. | The Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2014
Our headline has the virtue of being true—as we will explain—unlike Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt‘s assertion this week that people who oppose government subsidies for green energy are liars. The real charlatans are businesses like Google that use climate change as a pretext for corporate welfare. Google, whose motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” announced on Monday that it is quitting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of the conservative outfit’s putative denial of climate change. “Everyone understands climate change is occurring,” said Mr. Schmidt. “And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren […]
- ALEC and 156 state legislators: Google’s departure from the group is ‘based on misinformation’ | Washington Post
September 25, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the free-market group that connects state legislators and corporate members, says Google’s departure from the group was “based on misinformation.” In a letter to 11 of the company’s executives, ALEC and 156 lawmakers criticized Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt for comments made during a radio interview on Monday. During the exchange, he described Google’s membership in ALEC as “some sort of a mistake,” portraying the group as denying climate change and adding that Google was dropping its membership in the organization. The announcement caught ALEC, which also maintains a library of model legislation, off guard […]
- Yahoo, Yelp, Facebook, Google and Microsoft reconsider their relationship with free-market group ALEC | Washington Post
September 25, 2014
Five tech giants have dropped, or plan to or are expected to drop, their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free-market, state-focused group that has become a target of the left in recent years.
- EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity | RedState
September 11, 2014
When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to this tactic of public shaming in order to eliminate debate and to bully individuals and groups into supporting an ever-expansive federal regulatory scheme.Related: Energy, Environment, and Agriculture
- Corporate tax rate: Lower it or lose our edge | Daily Herald
September 10, 2014
Utah is long overdue for a corporate income tax cut. The last time we cut the corporate income tax was in 1978. It was raised in 1984, and has remained at the same rate ever since.