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  • Nevada PUC Upholds Net Metering Changes image

    Nevada PUC Upholds Net Metering Changes

    An article that ran last week described what three states – Hawaii, Nevada and California – have done over the past few months to update their net metering programs.

  • Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts image

    Education and Workforce Director Testifies in Missouri about Education Savings Accounts

    Putting parents back in charge of the direction of their children’s educations allows parents not only to send their students to the schools – public or private – that work best for them, but to actually design customized and flexible education experiences, including tuition, online classes, curricula, textbooks and workbooks, tutoring, and special education therapies, that are as varied as the children themselves. Instead of feeding a child into a system that must, necessarily, be designed around the “average” student, through an ESA program, parents can and have constructed individualized education pathways for their children which capitalize on their unique strengths and shore up their particular weaknesses. But although they are cutting-edge, ESAs are not brand-new or unstudied. As of today, five states – Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada – have passed education savings account programs. If 2011 was labeled the “Year of School Choice”[i] by the Wall Street Journal, 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Education Savings Accounts.”

  • West Virginia Becomes the 26th Right-to-Work State image

    West Virginia Becomes the 26th Right-to-Work State

    Today, the West Virginia Legislature overrode Governor Tomblin’s veto to enact the state’s Right-to-Work law, making West Virginia the 26th state in the nation to do so. Because West …

  • More Evidence Raising the Minimum Wage Could Hurt More Than it Helps image

    More Evidence Raising the Minimum Wage Could Hurt More Than it Helps

    Broken promises are nothing new in politics, but the worst are those promises that actual hurt the very people whom the promises were intended to help. Increasing minimum wage is …

  • FDA Wants to Force You to Know How Many Calories You Eat image

    FDA Wants to Force You to Know How Many Calories You Eat

    Congress is considering legislation, the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act”, that would ease costly menu labeling requirements and give restaurants and other food retailers some much needed flexibility.

  • Robust IP Protections Enhance Competitiveness image

    Robust IP Protections Enhance Competitiveness

    The most prosperous nations in the world are also the ones that prioritize the protection of intellectual property (IP) the most. Here are the facts. Nations that protect ideas lead the world …

  • The Zika Threat image

    The Zika Threat

    While only 20 percent of those infected will experience symptoms from the Zika virus, there are serious consequences from contracting this infection for pregnant mothers and unborn children. It is known to cause birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes small heads and brain damage in infants.

  • ALEC Reaffirms Support for Article V Initiatives image

    ALEC Reaffirms Support for Article V Initiatives

    ALEC leadership reached out to both the U.S. House and Senate Committees on the Judiciary to reaffirm support for an Article V convention for proposing amendments as a way to …

  • Testimony before the Federal Lands Action Group image

    Testimony before the Federal Lands Action Group

    The Environmental Implications of Federally Managed Lands in the West and Canadian Devolution Prepared by Karla Jones Director of the Task Force on International Relations and …

  • Net Metering State Updates image

    Net Metering State Updates

    One energy-related issue area that has seen particularly significant play in the states over the past few years is net metering reform. For the uninitiated, net metering is a billing system …

  • SCOTUS Orders Stay of the Clean Power Plan image

    SCOTUS Orders Stay of the Clean Power Plan

    In what is undoubtedly one of the most significant blows to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote ordered …

  • Should State Legislators Embrace Bernie Sanders’ Policy? image

    Should State Legislators Embrace Bernie Sanders’ Policy?

    Bernie Sanders supported reasonable lawsuit reform but is proving to be a fair-weather friend. State legislators can offer broader, more effective reforms.

  • West Virginia Sends Right-to-Work Bill to Governor’s Desk image

    West Virginia Sends Right-to-Work Bill to Governor’s Desk

    In Right-to-Work states, unionization is still permitted, but labor unions are no longer able to force membership as a condition of employment.

  • Sue and Settle Once Again Rears its Ugly Head image

    Sue and Settle Once Again Rears its Ugly Head

    One of the more sinister trends occurring in the environmental policy realm lately has been the rise of so-called “sue and settle” agreements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and …

  • It’s Time to Capitalize on Trade with Cuba image

    It’s Time to Capitalize on Trade with Cuba

    Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department expanded the positive list of authorized exports to Cuba. With the goal of “enabling economic advancements for the Cuban people” and “meeting the needs of …

  • ALEC Congratulates Taiwan on Presidential Election image

    ALEC Congratulates Taiwan on Presidential Election

    Last month Tsai Ing-wen was elected Taiwan’s next president with 56.1 percent of the vote. The first woman to hold the office, President-elect Tsai will be …

  • Encryption is Not Preventing Law Enforcement from Investigating Crime image

    Encryption is Not Preventing Law Enforcement from Investigating Crime

    Law enforcement officials need backdoors to thwart encryption or else they will not be able to keep the public safe from terrorist attacks or crime. At least, that seems to …

  • West Virginia Takes Another Step Toward Becoming the 26th Right-to-Work State image

    West Virginia Takes Another Step Toward Becoming the 26th Right-to-Work State

    Earlier today, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to expand worker freedom and boost the state’s potential for economic growth. The House voted 54-46 to adopt the Workplace …

  • State of the State: Hawaii image

    State of the State: Hawaii

    Governor Ige is right to focus on enhancing Hawaii’s ability to compete in the global economy. However, these new initiatives fail to address the root problem—Hawaii’s uncompetitive business climate.

  • ALEC To Testify on Western Lands on Capitol Hill image

    ALEC To Testify on Western Lands on Capitol Hill

    Karla Jones, Director of the Task Force on Federalism and International Relations will present before the Federal Lands Action Group (FLAG) on Tuesday, February 9 at 4:30pm in Room 1310 …