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  • Budget Transparency Increases Accountability in State Government image

    Budget Transparency Increases Accountability in State Government

    States that implement budget transparency provide the public with information on state spending in an effort to promote transparency …

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    Welcome!

    Welcome to the AmericanLegislator, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new blog! We are dedicating this online forum to the more than 2,000 state legislators who call ALEC home. These legislators are committed to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and they work every day to promote these ideals in states across the nation. ALEC is excited to be launching this new effort. With posts from policy experts and members, we hope you’ll find this forum informative, enjoyable and resourceful on a daily basis. We will be discussing the most critical issues facing the states – from tax and budgets, to health care and education reform, and everything in between. As Thomas Jefferson said, "But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." And, since ALEC's legislators come from different backgrounds with differing opinions, this blog will be a lively channel for debate and edifying discussion. Exciting things are happening around the country in 2012, and ALEC members are proud to be part of them. Join the conversation, and enjoy your time on AmericanLegislator.org. Sincerely, Representative Dave Frizzell, ALEC National Chairman

  • States Look to Eliminate Personal Income Taxes image

    States Look to Eliminate Personal Income Taxes

    Facing big budget shortfalls, many states are considering fundamentally changing their tax structure. Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma are currently attracting …

  • A Threat to Personal Liberty – And How States Can Respond image

    A Threat to Personal Liberty – And How States Can Respond

    There are 1,700 statutory offenses in Texas state law, including 11 felonies relating to harvesting oysters. It’s now almost status …

  • Lessons Learned from Solyndra image

    Lessons Learned from Solyndra

    President Obama’s persistent defense of his administration’s clean energy loan guarantee “investments” serves as an ironic underscore of his chief …

  • Highway Robbery – Why Power on Transportation Issues Should Be Restored to the States image

    Highway Robbery – Why Power on Transportation Issues Should Be Restored to the States

    Envision a mafia-like scheme. The federal government shows up uninvited and says, “Ya gotta keep your highways in good shape, …

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    Is State Debt Constitutional?

    A recent Rasmussen Report found that sixty-eight percent of voters view Congress' job performance as poor. Failure in the eyes of the public doesn't belong only to federal representatives. Many state legislatures face equally dismal public approval ratings.

  • Juvenile Justice: An Often Overlooked Opportunity for Saving Taxpayer Dollars and Protecting Communities image

    Juvenile Justice: An Often Overlooked Opportunity for Saving Taxpayer Dollars and Protecting Communities

    Corrections policy has long been a topic of hot debate in state legislatures. Less attention is devoted to juvenile justice.

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    Administration Gives Mixed Signals on Domestic Energy Production

    President Obama used his State of the Union address last month as an attempt to reassure the oil and gas …

  • Budget Gimmicks Used by States image

    Budget Gimmicks Used by States

    According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, "denial" is "the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external relations." Many states are ignoring the requirement to have a balance budget and thereby denying the reality that deep and permanent reductions are needed in the size and scope of government.

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    Taxes matter more than sunshine

    A recent study from the left-wing Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) concludes that taxes do not motivate people …

  • Analysis of Total State Debt Shows Alaska, New Jersey, and Hawaii Among States in Worst Fiscal Situations image

    Analysis of Total State Debt Shows Alaska, New Jersey, and Hawaii Among States in Worst Fiscal Situations

    State Budget Solutions' (SBS) latest study reveals total state debt averages $13,754 for every American and $38,721 for each of the private sector workers in this country.

  • Report Reveals Aggregate State Debt Exceeds $4 Trillion image

    Report Reveals Aggregate State Debt Exceeds $4 Trillion

    State Budget Solutions' (SBS) second annual state deficit report reveals aggregate state debt presently exceeds $4 trillion.

  • The Difficulty of Accessing Clear State Budget Data image

    The Difficulty of Accessing Clear State Budget Data

    One of the largest obstacles to covering state budget issues is often state government itself. Accessing simple budget data such as revenue and expenditure totals can create a headache harsh enough to discourage even the most determined citizen activist.

  • Doesn’t the Government Know There Is Competition and Innovation in Wireless? image

    Doesn’t the Government Know There Is Competition and Innovation in Wireless?

    Strange as it may sound, the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Virginia is a perfect microcosm of the U.S. wireless …

  • How States Should Prepare for Federal Budget Cuts image

    How States Should Prepare for Federal Budget Cuts

    States face the potential loss of federal funds that may come when the 12-member Congressional "super committee" makes its recommendations for cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit.

  • States Target Internet and Telecom for Exorbitant Taxes image

    States Target Internet and Telecom for Exorbitant Taxes

    State governments are starving for more money to pay for their broken budgets. To feed the budgetary beast, state governments …

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    States of Denial

    Millions of Americans are using common sense to make difficult choices about their family budgets. Unfortunately, that same common sense approach is in short supply in state capitals as legislators and governors ignore financial reality and avoid facing tough choices about their state's budget.

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    Why State Budgets are Broken

    The state budget processes in the 50 states are broken. Governors, state legislators, journalists, and political pundits all know that the process is broken.