- 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.
- ALEC, the free-market group liberals love to hate, gets a new boss | Washington Post
July 9, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates for limited government, free-market state policies, has a new chief executive. Lisa B. Nelson, formerly of Ulysses Consulting, is joining the group as its new CEO, taking over for Ron Scheberle. ALEC connects member legislators with private-sector members, representatives from corporations and nonprofit groups, and makes available a library of model bills in line with its free-market, limited government philosophy.
- New leader, bolder direction for growing ALEC | Watchdog.org
July 9, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council has tapped Lisa B. Nelson to serve as chief executive officer of the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators. Nelson, a former Visa Inc. executive and aide to Newt Gingrich, comes to ALEC from McLean, Va.-based Ulysses Consulting, where she served as managing partner, providing counsel to nonprofits and associations on coalition building and marketing development, according to her biography.
- Intellectual property entitled to protection | Cincinnati Enquirer
July 7, 2014
What do Coca-Cola, Whole Foods and 5-Hour Energy have in common? They all maintain trade secrets to protect their brands and market their products. Trade secrets are integral to a company’s brand. Once in government hands, however, a company’s trade secret is vulnerable to inadvertent or purposeful disclosure through leaks or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. A trade secret is a form of intellectual property (IP) that derives its economic value by not being generally known. For some companies, trade secrets serve as their most valuable assets. Once released – even if a court determines that the release was […]Related: Federalism and International Relations
- Michigan rejoins U.S. economy | The Detroit News
May 15, 2014
For most of the last decade, Michigan has unquestionably had the worst performing state economy. As economists and former Michigan residents, we know both the abysmal economic statistics and the real human costs of perpetual layoffs, declining income, long-term unemployment, empty main street storefronts, and a stream of friends and family members forced to leave the state they love in search of opportunity and prosperity elsewhere. Thankfully, recent public policy changes should give Michigan citizens reason for optimism for a brighter and more prosperous future. Our recent Rich States, Poor States economic outlook ranking of the 50 states shows Michigan […]Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- State Senator Jim Patrick, ID (SD-25) Responds to Critics
April 7, 2014
State Senator Jim Patrick, ID (SD-25) Responds to Critics This originally appeared on MagicValley.com on April 4, 2014. I laughed when I read that the editorial board “discovered” from “internal documents acquired by SourceWatch.org” that I am the American Legislative Exchange Council Idaho State chair. Perhaps those documents include a picture of the Exchange Council website, since I’m listed right there on the state chair webpage. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a forum whereby policy analysts, industry experts and state lawmakers from around the country can gather, share ideas and exchange data and experiences. Similarly, I am also a […]
- Pension Myths Keep Us From Making Badly Needed Reforms | IBD
February 24, 2014
As 2014 brings in new struggles for cities and states to pay for employee legacy costs while still funding the essential functions of government, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are reconsidering how to provide a secure retirement for state and municipal employees in a responsible manner. Reports estimate total unfunded pension liabilities exceed $4 trillion across the 50 states, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, along with dozens more over the last half decade, are just the tip of the iceberg. Many thoughtful criticisms have come from reform discussions, but also many attacks built on misconceptions, “straw man” arguments and […]Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- NH Can Lead on Privacy Protection | New Hampshire Union Leader
February 19, 2014
In the wake of the NSA scandal, American citizens demand Congress take a hard look at government surveillance practices. While only the federal government has the power to halt NSA activities, the states will likely be the real battleground for privacy issues. In fact, state legislators are actively moving legislation aimed at protecting citizens’ civil liberties in the digital age. Digitally connected devices are an integral part of Americans’ daily lives. More than 90 percent of Americans deem essential one device in particular: the smartphone. For many, the buzz of a smartphone alarm is the first thing heard each morning, […]
- Obama fails to reveal Navigator program leaves consumers at risk | Daily Caller
February 11, 2014
In his State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned fixing a broken health care system. Unfortunately, the president provided no specifics about how to fix errors already experienced during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such as securing ethical and well-screened insurance navigators who handle personal information of health insurance enrollees.Related: Health and Human Services