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  • Bold Tax Relief and Pension Reform Agenda Earns South Carolina Governor McMaster Best of the Best Recognition image

    Bold Tax Relief and Pension Reform Agenda Earns South Carolina Governor McMaster Best of the Best Recognition

    South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is one of five U.S. governors with economic policy proposals qualifying as “Best of the Best” based on his 2018 State of the State address.

  • New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform image

    New Mexico State of the State: Governor Applauds Economic Diversification and Pushes for Comprehensive Tax Reform

    The governor’s proposals for comprehensive tax reform, economic diversification, infrastructure spending prioritization, and education reform can generate longer-term opportunities. However, additional changes are needed. The state’s tort system and worker’s compensation costs remain economic drags. The relative lack of tax and expenditure limits and 8th highest number of state employees per capita contribute to a bloated state government.

  • Alaska State of the State: Governor Calls for Expanded Energy Production along with Higher Taxes image

    Alaska State of the State: Governor Calls for Expanded Energy Production along with Higher Taxes

    Governor Walker's wholehearted support for a continued energy production renaissance, energy infrastructure development, and expanded international trade bode well for an Alaskan economic rebound. However, the continued advocacy for income taxes and sales taxes combined with lack of acknowledgement of much-needed operational reforms threatens to negatively counter those pro-growth actions.

  • State Legislator Letter: State and local officials across the country are resisting calls to allow aggressive taxation across state borders image

    State Legislator Letter: State and local officials across the country are resisting calls to allow aggressive taxation across state borders

    As state legislators, we oppose the attempts to overturn constitutional precedent safeguarding Congress’s essential authority to protect interstate commerce from discriminatory regulation and taxation. As a result, commerce …

  • Supreme Court Hearing Oral Arguments Regarding Public Sector Union Dues image

    Supreme Court Hearing Oral Arguments Regarding Public Sector Union Dues

    The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, a case very similar to one that has already been heard by eight of the nine …

  • Wage Hikes Pose New Challenges for Business in 2018 image

    Wage Hikes Pose New Challenges for Business in 2018

    As Americans look to an exciting new year and politicos start gearing up for mid-term elections, 18 states along with 19 municipal localities will be raising their …

  • 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, …

  • Setting the Record Straight on Open Contracting image

    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 …