- 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.
- The Blue States’ Economic Paradox | RedState
September 8, 2014
Blue states have a problem. Although there are some recently notable exceptions, most vehemently oppose cutting taxes, favoring instead a tax-and-spend or top-down redistribution approach. They require high taxes to finance the pet projects they believe the market is too short-sighted to support, like Solyndra. At the same time, however, these big government states try to pursue goals of economic growth, even if they believe the best way to achieve growth is through central economic planning rather than free markets.Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- 5 Blue States Get The Tax Cut Religion | Investor’s Business Daily
August 15, 2014
Tax Reform: A new report finds several states that helped elect President Obama are doing something he won’t — implementing pro-growth tax policies to get their economies moving. Is the White House paying attention? You wouldn’t expect a solidly blue state like Maryland — which hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Reagan — to be cutting taxes for the rich.Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- Smartphone Meets the Fourth Amendment | The Greenville News
July 16, 2014
Many of us are never far from our cell phones. For all their utility, cell phones are poorly locked portals that lead directly into our private lives. Cell phones, particularly the newer smartphones, are so useful precisely because they have the ability to store and retrieve an incredible amount of data anytime, anywhere. Almost everything about our families is stored on our smartphones: photographs, email and voice messages, schedules, text messages, and even Internet browsing histories are available to anyone with the skill and equipment to break into these devices.
- State wireless facility reforms promise jobs and economic benefits | The Hill
July 9, 2014
As states look to balance budgets and inspire local economic investment, lawmakers should consider adopting wireless facilities siting reforms as a way to encourage economic growth. So far this year, three state legislatures have passed pro-growth reforms to remove local regulatory barriers to building and upgrading wireless infrastructure facilities. With more people using wireless, mobile data traffic continues to escalate. Cisco Systems forecasted that “[g]lobal mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017.” Public safety personnel, businesses and students all rely on dependable, high-speed wireless broadband. Construction of new cell towers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and other infrastructure […]
- New ALEC chief sees Scott Walker as model limited government reformer | WatchDog.org
July 9, 2014
The new head of the nation’s largest nonpartisan model legislation organization says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a model for limited government reformers nationally. Lisa B. Nelson, a former Visa Inc. executive and one-time aide to Newt Gingrich, on Monday was named chief executive officer of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
- Meet the new head of ALEC, the free-market group of state legislators | Washington Post
July 9, 2014
The free-market group that has become a boogeyman of the left is getting a leadership change. As we reported yesterday, former Visa executive Lisa B. Nelson is joining the American Legislative Exchange Council as its incoming chief executive, replacing Ron Scheberle, who has been heading the organization since January 2012 and been involved in other capacities for more than two decades.