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    Criminal Justice Reform

    Members of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force are dedicated to developing and supporting policies that improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections spending for states. Many …

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    More Energy Mandates Mean Higher Prices

    By Robert Bryce About two-thirds of the U.S. population as well as countless businesses and industrial users are now subject to rules that require them to buy renewable electricity. Proponents …

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    Technology in the Classroom Paying Off

    Previously, people used to think of technology in the classroom as a nice benefit. Computers and technological resources could be useful for some special projects, but they could not help …

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    Priority-Based Budgeting: Protecting Taxpayers

    By Patricia Cuadros Back in October 2011, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a performance audit bill from the California state legislature, calling it the “siren song of budget reform”. Soon …

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    Improving Government Efficiency

    Members of the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force are dedicated to making government more efficient, cost-effective and competitive. States across the nation are looking for opportunities and …

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    Free Markets Hold Great Promise for Communications Issues

    One of the most pressing issues confronting policymakers today is ensuring there is enough wireless spectrum available to meet our communications needs for the future. Wireless spectrum is the backbone …

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    ALEC Encourages Responsible Resource Production

    North America’s abundance of recoverable natural gas offers great opportunities for economic development and it has thus attracted a broad and diverse coalition of supporters. Though they differ in their …

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    Exports Can Grow Your State’s Economy

    States are facing an increasingly international future, and since ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders, embracing export opportunities can be the key to a state’s economic …

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    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 and accountability in government. Budget transparency encourages fiscal responsibility and …

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    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 the most attention with proposals to eliminate or reduce their …

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    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 quo for criminal law to be used to regulate ordinary …

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    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 misconception about a free-market economy. Speaking during the State of …

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    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, but since we’re lookin’ out for ya, we’re gonna hold …

  • 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. Usually a smaller portion of state budgets, and with issues …

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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 industry of his commitment to expanding domestic production as a …

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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 to leave high-tax states. The study’s authors argue that weather …

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    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 industry. On the Mall’s four floors, amid department stores such …

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    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 are imposing unusually high taxes on a sector of the …