Tax and Fiscal Policy

Task Force Description

The ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force is dedicated to researching and promoting sound economic policy aimed at creating a pro-growth atmosphere in state economies. Policies that promote economic growth and increase state competitiveness are achieved by reducing excessive government spending and limiting the overall tax burden. The Task Force’s legislative members are at the forefront of developing sound, fiscally responsible, and free market tax and fiscal policies to address the needs that the states now face.

The Task force has pioneered policies that increase budget transparency, promote state spending limitations, require super-majorities for tax increases, implement dynamic revenue forecasting, and many more. The Task Force has four Subcommittees that examine specific policy areas in detail. These areas include fiscal federalism issues, internet taxation, state budget reform, and public pensions.

A recent survey of state legislators indicated that tax policy was their top concern. Now is a time when state debt is mounting, budgets are tightening, and states are looking to become more economically competitive. The ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force is working to provide economically viable, fiscally responsible, and free market solutions to promote economic growth.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Model State Administrative Tax Tribunal Act Final

    Model State Administrative Tax Tribunal Act Section 1. Statement of Purpose To increase public confidence in the fairness of the State tax system, the State shall provide an independent agency with tax expertise to resolve disputes between the [department of revenue] and taxpayers, prior to requiring the payment …

  • Resolution in Opposition to a Carbon Tax Final

    WHEREAS, affordable and abundant electricity is a strategic resource that is essential to modern life, America’s economic competitiveness. WHEREAS, the application of a carbon tax to gasoline and other transportation fuels will have a dramatic, immediate impact on transportation costs; and WHEREAS, a carbon tax, by design, will result in substantial, immediate …

  • Establishing Production of Economic Analysis in the State Legislature Act Final

    Section 1: Scope of the Economist’s Responsibilities An economist in the legislature, or within a pre-existing agency within the state legislature will produce (i) Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) of proposed rules and regulations prior to the adoption of said rules and regulation, (ii) RIAs of existing rules and regulations, …

  • An Act Relating to Recovery Audits for Government Overpayments of Tax Dollars Final

    Section 1. {Title} Section 2. {Statement of Purpose} (A) The Legislature finds that overpayments are a serious problem for state agencies given the magnitude and complexity of state operations. Overpayments waste tax dollars and detract from the efficiency and effectiveness of state operations by diverting resources from their …

  • Statement of Principles for Telecommunications Tax Reform Final

    Statement of Principles for Telecommunications Tax Reform 1.  Taxes should be economically neutral and equitable. A tax is economically neutral, or efficient, if it does not induce taxpayers to change their behavior in response to the tax.  In other words, a taxpayer would make the same decision regardless of …

  • Resolution to Reduce the State’s Dependence on Federal Funds Final

    Resolution to Reduce the State’s Dependence on Federal Funds Summary Increasingly, states are relying to a greater degree on federal grants and subsidies to cover programs in the states’ budget.  Gridlock in Congress, however, has put the reliability of those funds in jeopardy, risking the possibility that states …

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