Tag: Education

Tag: Education

  • Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message image

    Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message

    Despite early promise of being a bold reformer, the governor now zealously possesses the tax and spend mantle. And the spending extends beyond education. She promises a cornucopia of spending courtesy of the tax hikes on “initiatives that each of you are passionate about.”

  • Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing image

    Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing

    The governor’s rejection of a tax increase is welcomed news for taxpayers. Just last year, legislators overrode his veto in order to enact an enormous tax increase of $1.2 billion over the next two years alone. This tax hike on individuals and businesses wiped out much of the tax reductions from the 2012 reforms. Avoiding a new tax increase, pushing for a voter-approved constitutional amendment on school financing, and demanding educational reforms will help avoid compounding the damage from last year’s tax hikes.  

  • Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility image

    Arizona State of the State: Confidence and Conviction, Promise and Possibility

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey delivered a sunny State of the State address, highlighting the “capacity of our state, and its people, to always be ahead of the …

  • South Dakota State of the State: Mixed Agenda of Pro-Growth Regulatory Reform but Possible Tax Hikes image

    South Dakota State of the State: Mixed Agenda of Pro-Growth Regulatory Reform but Possible Tax Hikes

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard’s 2018 State of the State focused on workforce development, public education, occupational licensing reform, a possible transportation tax increase and support for overturning legal precedent …

  • New Report: Families See Improved School Choice in 2017 AZ, FL and IN remain top performers; NV slips in rankings image

    New Report: Families See Improved School Choice in 2017 AZ, FL and IN remain top performers; NV slips in rankings

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nicole Murphy, [email protected], 858.205.5432 Arlington, VA  —The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today released the 22nd annual …

  • Report Card on American Education: 22nd Edition image

    Report Card on American Education: 22nd Edition

    For an online comparison tool, custom report cards and state education reports, visit www.ALECReportCard.org …

  • Give Military Families School Choice image

    Give Military Families School Choice

    On Monday, November 13, I moderated a discussion at The Heritage Foundation about how Americans can provide education choice to the families of military men and women, and what those …

  • Draft Resolution to Restore the Division of Governmental Responsibilities between the National Government and the States image

    Draft Resolution to Restore the Division of Governmental Responsibilities between the National Government and the States

    STATE OF [INSERT STATE] Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of [INSERT STATE]: WHEREAS, the genius of the United States of America lies in the liberty of …

  • The Public Higher Education Data Transparency Act image

    The Public Higher Education Data Transparency Act

    Section 1. Title This legislation may be cited as the “Public Higher Education Data Transparency Act.” Section 2. Definitions 1. “Governing board” is any board that has fiduciary responsibility …

  • Education Spending and Outcomes image

    Education Spending and Outcomes

    In 2016, the Connecticut Superior Court held that the state failed to uphold its constitutional duty to provide adequate education to children in certain school districts.[i] …

  • North Carolina Accelerates Broad-Based Tax Relief image

    North Carolina Accelerates Broad-Based Tax Relief

    By further lowering economically destructive taxes on productivity, North Carolina lawmakers are giving the state’s economy yet another long-term boost, further magnetizing its draw for individuals and businesses alike.

  • State of the State: Illinois image

    State of the State: Illinois

    From Illinois’ crushing taxes and regulations to the state’s fiscal problems, it is easy to see why people are voting with their feet and leaving the state at disproportionately high rates. If the Land of Lincoln wishes to stop the bleeding, Governor Rauner can’t be the only one with good ideas—members of the General Assembly and the general public need to get behind necessary reform efforts to save the state.

  • Annual Meeting Speaker Announcement: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos image

    Annual Meeting Speaker Announcement: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

    ALEC is excited to announce that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be joining us for our 44th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

  • VIDEO: What are Educational Savings Accounts (ESA)? image

    VIDEO: What are Educational Savings Accounts (ESA)?

    Education and Workforce Development Taskforce Director Inez Feltscher Stepman breaks down what educational savings accounts (ESA) are.

  • State of the State: New Hampshire image

    State of the State: New Hampshire

    Despite the Granite State’s strengths and Sununu’s proposals, there remains work to be done. For example, the top marginal tax rate for corporations is a steep 8.2%; and although New Hampshire doesn’t have a personal income tax or sales tax, it does have the highest property tax burden in the nation. New Hampshire also ranks a lackluster 37th in the nation in terms of burdensome regulations according to the Pacific Research Institute. Furthermore, the recently released ALEC report Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016 ranks the state’s pension funding level at 43rd nationally. Using a risk-free rate of return of 2.344 percent, New Hampshire’s state pensions are unfunded in excess of $13,000 per capita with a funded ratio of just 28 percent.

  • State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts image

    State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts

    Overall, however, the state’s steps towards economic competitiveness are yielding results. Governor Baker rightfully recognized this achievement, “We built a bipartisan team, worked in partnership with the legislature and looked for common ground.” Shrinking the state’s budget gap by over $1 billion without tax or fee increases is just one example.

  • State of the State: Vermont image

    State of the State: Vermont

    With Vermont’s economic outlook continuing to languish at 49th (according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States, Poor States publication), legislators may be ready to take the governor’s charge to heart: “We must act now, and begin our ascent.”

  • Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act image

    Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act

    FORMING OPEN AND ROBUST UNIVERSITY MINDS (FORUM) ACT WHEREAS, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the _____ Constitution protect the rights of free speech, freedom …

  • Partnerships for Student Success image

    Partnerships for Student Success

      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of {State}: 38          Section 1. Section 53A-1-1209 is amended to read: 39          53A-1-1209. School Leadership Development Program. 40          (1) As …

  • 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.