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

The 2016 Annual Meeting will take place July 27-29, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Draft models under consideration by the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force include:

All Model Policies

  • An Act Relating to Online Lodging Marketplaces – Establishing Statewide Standards, Protecting Privacy, and Enabling Efficient Tax Remittance Draft

    Section 1 – Definitions (A)   “Lodging Marketplace” means a person that provides a platform through which an Unaffiliated Third Party offers to rent a Vacation Rental or Short-Term Rental to an occupant and collects the consideration for the rental from the occupant. For the purposes of this paragraph: …

  • Uniform Standard for Lodging Taxes Act Draft

    Section 1. Definitions [Appropriately designated section number] of the statutes is created to read: (1) “Hotel” means any structure or space, or any portion thereof, that: (a)  Is occupied, or intended or designed for occupancy, by transients for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes; and (b)  Accepts on-site reservations for accommodations; …

  • Resolution in Favor of Tangible Personal Property Tax Repeal Draft

      WHEREAS, personal property taxes are ad valorem taxes on all property other than real property (i.e., property that is unaffixed or movable); and WHEREAS, though the name suggests that personal property taxes are paid by individuals, the majority of the tax liability falls on business due to the broad …

  • ALEC Statement of Principles on Sound Pension Practices Draft

    Stability – Government pensions should be secure and safe from unsystematic risk. Pensions should be funded as they are earned and state governments should eliminate incentives to underfund pension commitments. Predictability – The pension obligations of states should be predictable and defined. Furthermore, the benefits of government pensions should be …

  • State Constitutional Amendment for a Balanced Budget Draft

    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF {insert state}:  Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of the State of {insert state} is proposed and agreed to by this, the {insert name of state legislature}, and is referred to the next Legislature for reconsideration and agreement.

  • Resolution in Support of Non-Discriminatory Property Tax Policies Final

    WHEREAS, American consumers have come to rely on high speed communications networks constructed by communications providers to improve their overall quality of life including in the areas of healthcare, education, business, emergency services, and other purposes; and WHEREAS, communications providers must make sizeable investments to keep pace with consumer demand …

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