Archives: Skip Estes / Articles

Archives: Skip Estes / Articles

  • Arizona Delivers COVID-19 Tax Relief image

    Arizona Delivers COVID-19 Tax Relief

    With the 2020 tax deadline approaching, Arizona Senate President Pro Tempore Vince Leach and House Majority Leader Ben Toma realized their state had not yet conformed its tax code to important relief provisions in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Many states around the country conformed their state tax codes to the CARES Act to offer state-level tax relief, but Arizona’s tax code still applied pre-COVID-19 tax policy to income earners. Consequently, Arizona taxpayers’ 2020 tax liabilities became much higher than taxpayers in states that offered COVID-19 tax relief.

  • President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Brings Suspect Benefits at High Costs image

    President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Brings Suspect Benefits at High Costs

    Last week, Senator Kristen Gillibrand was mocked for tweeting a laundry list of progressive priorities that she claimed were infrastructure and deserved to be included in President Biden’s …

  • GameStop Stock Sales are a Big Payday for Tax Collectors image

    GameStop Stock Sales are a Big Payday for Tax Collectors

    In December 2020, GameStop was a struggling retailer with a foregone conclusion. Selling hardcopies of videogames when over 80% of videogames are downloaded from digital copies, compared to 20% …

  • The Minimum Wage: Separating Myth from Fact image

    The Minimum Wage: Separating Myth from Fact

    Check out EVP of Policy Jonathan Williams and Associate Task Force Director Skip Estes with their latest in Issues and Insights Read Here …

  • South Dakota’s Secret to Success image

    South Dakota’s Secret to Success

    During her State of the State address, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem proudly rejected additional unemployment aid from the federal government – and rightfully so. With an unemployment trust …

  • Bernie Sanders’ Mittens are the Newest Victim of Anti-Growth Policies image

    Bernie Sanders’ Mittens are the Newest Victim of Anti-Growth Policies

    Senator Bernie Sanders became immortalized as an internet meme after inauguration guests pointed out his eclectic attire. Compared to other guests’ Prada and Chanel, Senator Sanders was seated alone, …

  • Skip Estes in Real Clear Policy image

    Skip Estes in Real Clear Policy

    As long as the SALT deduction is still on the books, taxpayers in fiscally responsible states will foot the bill for the federal government while spendthrift states continue to avoid the true costs of poor fiscal policy.

  • Jonathan Williams and Skip Estes in Issues and Insights image

    Jonathan Williams and Skip Estes in Issues and Insights

    Catch ALEC Executive Vice President Jonathan Williams and Legislative Analyst Skip Estes’ latest in Issues and Insights details the gamut of tax related ballot measures, and how voters responded.

  • Skip Estes in the Orange County Register image

    Skip Estes in the Orange County Register

    Legislative Analyst Skip Estes was just featured in the Orange County Register for his latest Rejection of “Prop. 15 preserves California’s last best hope for low property taxes.” …

  • Skip Estes in Townhall image

    Skip Estes in Townhall

    Legislative Manager Skip Estes was recently featured in Townhall for his latest, “Welcome Back Football, But Leave Subsidies on the Bench.” “It’s official: football Sundays are back. Last month …

  • Income Tax Increase Threatens Arizona’s Economic Competitiveness image

    Income Tax Increase Threatens Arizona’s Economic Competitiveness

    This November, Arizona voters will decide one of the most important income tax issues to face their state in recent memory. Proposition 208 would increase  Arizona’s top personal income …

  • ALEC Brings Pro-Growth Policy Ideas to Midwest Academy image

    ALEC Brings Pro-Growth Policy Ideas to Midwest Academy

    The ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform journeyed to St. Charles, Missouri for another educational academy in our Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy series. Special thanks go to Missouri Representative …

  • Post Office Article in the Washington Examiner image

    Post Office Article in the Washington Examiner

    ALEC Legislative Manager Skip Estes was recently featured in the Washington Examiner for his latest, “No amount of money can save the Postal Service.” “When faced with such …

  • Which States are Poised for Economic Recovery After COVID-19 image

    Which States are Poised for Economic Recovery After COVID-19

    ALEC Vice President Jonathan Williams and Legislative Manager Skip Estes were featured in Issues and Insights this week for their article on states best suited to recover economically due …

  • ALEC in Real Clear Policy – It’s Time To Cancel Income Tax image

    ALEC in Real Clear Policy – It’s Time To Cancel Income Tax

    ALEC Legislative Manager Skip Estes was featured in Real Clear Policy for his article on Woodrow Wilson’s outdated income tax, “It’s Time to Cancel Income Tax.” “The legacy of the …

  • Education Spending is Increasing, but Where is the Money Going? image

    Education Spending is Increasing, but Where is the Money Going?

    The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown have caused severe revenue shortfalls in many states. Consequently, these states have been forced to make tough decisions on spending, including cuts to …

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    Rainy Day Funds for the COVID-19 Era

    A budget stabilization fund, commonly known as a rainy day fund, is a state-managed savings account designed to offset budget gaps during crises such as economic recessions or natural disasters.

  • A Way Forward for State Budgets after COVID-19 image

    A Way Forward for State Budgets after COVID-19

    Most states close their books for fiscal year 2020 this week and continue to look at the uncertainty ahead. Every state but Vermont has some variety of a balanced budget …

  • Skip Estes: No, ‘Blue States’ Do Not Bail Out ‘Red States’ image

    Skip Estes: No, ‘Blue States’ Do Not Bail Out ‘Red States’

    Writing in The Hill, ALEC Legislative Manager Skip Estes explains the poor logic behind the claim that “blue states” are constantly bailing out “red states.” The states with the …

  • Federalism: The Keystone to Safely Reopening America image

    Federalism: The Keystone to Safely Reopening America

    From the beginning, the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic rightfully relied on the principle of “federalism” to guide policymaking, with states taking the lead in managing the crisis response.