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Archives: Economic Development / Articles

  • Generations of Opportunity: Right to Work image

    Generations of Opportunity: Right to Work

    See how policies like Right to Work are transforming states across the nation.

  • Illinois Must Dig Itself Out Of The Fiscal Ditch image

    Illinois Must Dig Itself Out Of The Fiscal Ditch

    Finger-pointing is rampant in Illinois as the state’s credit rating has been downgraded by S&P and Moody’s to near junk status, the lowest ever for a state. Without a …

  • State of the State: Delaware image

    State of the State: Delaware

    Governor Carney's agenda resists overall spending reductions, advocates for higher taxes and neglects other needed policy reforms (such as worker’s compensation and worker freedom). With a legislature unlikely to circumvent the lackluster agenda of the new governor, don’t expect Delaware’s economic outlook to break through the median anytime soon.

  • State of the State: Ohio image

    State of the State: Ohio

    A renewed focus on reforms-rather than government micromanagement-can ensure the governor’s homestretch is one of continued economic renewal.

  • VIDEO: USA Act Explained featuring Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers image

    VIDEO: USA Act Explained featuring Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins ALEC to discuss the USA Act, a bill that will address wasteful government spending.

  • State of the State: Texas image

    State of the State: Texas

    Republicans and Democrats in the Lone Star State surely can celebrate Texas’ resilience. Governor Greg Abbott began his State of the State address acknowledging the economic toll of falling …

  • State of the State: North Carolina image

    State of the State: North Carolina

    Democratic Governor Roy Cooper began his first State of the State address highlighting the shared interests of all Tar Heel State citizens, but quickly turned to lambast certain Republican-sponsored policies …

  • State of the State: New York image

    State of the State: New York

    Governor Cuomo’s discussion of important issues such as tax relief certainly is encouraging. However, picking winners and losers with taxpayer dollars and increasing spending will not help New York’s economy to thrive. Instead, legislators should focus on a continued reduction of the state’s burdensome corporate and personal income taxes. An unshackling of the ingenuity and dreams of New Yorkers will fuel a better life for all.

  • Arizona Celebrates Economic Outlook in Rich States, Poor States image

    Arizona Celebrates Economic Outlook in Rich States, Poor States

    Along with ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson, the Center for State Fiscal Reform hosted a celebratory event in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this week. For the second year in a row, …

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    Setting the Record Straight on Open Contracting

    An interesting exchange occurred in the Wisconsin Senate last Wednesday. During discussion of a bill that would prohibit the state of Wisconsin or political subdivisions from requiring Project Labor …

  • 2017 is Right-to-Work’s Watershed Year image

    2017 is Right-to-Work’s Watershed Year

    Workers should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to join or fund a union without fear of losing their jobs. With the recent adoption …

  • VIDEO: Right to Work Explained image

    VIDEO: Right to Work Explained

    There has been lots of conversation around the country on right-to-work, did you know for the first time ever, more Americans live in right-to-work states than not? Watch our video to …

  • The NH Advantage Grows with Right-to-Work image

    The NH Advantage Grows with Right-to-Work

    With the election of Chris Sununu as governor of the Live Free or Die state, New Hampshire may soon become the 28th Right-to-Work state. Lawmakers in Kentucky just passed legislation …

  • State of the State: Minnesota image

    State of the State: Minnesota

    Governor Mark Dayton delivered one of his final State of the State addresses in St. Paul. The headlines focused on the frightening moment when the governor fainted, but otherwise …

  • State of the State: Nevada image

    State of the State: Nevada

    Nevada remains one of the most business-friendly states. The education system is rapidly becoming the envy of the nation. And it’s no surprise that many choose to escape the high-tax regime of California for no-income-tax Nevada. But to stop the slide in economic outlook, Nevadans should reject further cronyism and resist calls for a further erosion of the low-tax environment.

  • State of the State: South Dakota image

    State of the State: South Dakota

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard recently delivered his seventh State of the State address. Though he did not focus heavily on fiscal issues, Daugaard discussed the need to balance …

  • Missouri May Become Model State for Government Union Labor Relations image

    Missouri May Become Model State for Government Union Labor Relations

    A right-to-work bill making its way through Missouri’s legislature is generating most of the labor-related headlines in the Show-Me state. However, government union reform legislation has been introduced that could …

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    State of the State: Arizona

    “The state of our state in 2017, is resilient and strong. Our economy is growing, our schools are improving, and our citizens are succeeding,” thundered Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in …

  • State of the State: Missouri image

    State of the State: Missouri

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, the second-youngest serving governor in the U.S., presented an ambitious agenda in his first State of the State address. Highlights of his speech include enacting …

  • State of the State: Mississippi image

    State of the State: Mississippi

    In his sixth State of the State address, Governor Phil Bryant reminded lawmakers their power is derived from the sovereign taxpayers–a subtle reference to the philosophy of John Locke. The address …