ALEC Digital Exchange 01-23-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 01-23-2014.

National School Choice Week, January 26 – February 1, 2014 
Lindsay Russell, director of the Task Force on Education, attended the opening ceremonies of National School Choice Week yesterday in Washington, D.C.



Other National School Choice Week Events:

American Enterprise Institute – School Choice: Encouraging new and better schools 
Thursday, January 30, 9:00 A.M. to 2:50 P.M. ET

Click here to view the agenda and event contact information

National School Choice Week Whistle-Stop Tour
Click here to view events in your state.  


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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Groups reach across state lines
The Herald-Palladium explains the mechanics of legislative exchange groups, calling ALEC “among several organizations that give state legislators a chance to share ideas with elected officials from other states.”
Mead shares Wyoming ideas and suggestions with national group
In The Star Tribune, Wyoming state co-chairs thank Governor Matt Mead for speaking at the December ALEC meeting, sharing his message “about expanding energy opportunities and increasing employment,” which, they say, “is precisely the point of the American Legislative Exchange Council.”
Op-ed: Pacific trade pact must protect U.S. intellectual property
The Honorable Curtis Bramble, President of the Utah Senate and chair of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Task Force on International Relations, pens an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune underscoring the importance of U.S. intellectual property protection inclusions in the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 
Oral Parity: Increasing Access to Life-Saving Treatments
The Chesterfield Patch speaks with Missouri state co-chair, the Honorable Sue Allen, about a successful issue briefing hosted last week by the Task Force on Health and Human Services.
Analysis: GOP seeks to skirt danger on prisons
The Washington Times quotes Cara Sullivan, director of the Justice Performance Project, in a discussion with Mississippi lawmakers regarding criminal justice reform. “Prison serves a necessary role, but it’s not the right answer for every offender. Just because public safety is important doesn’t mean we should give it a hall pass on spending.”
Missouri Tax Hypocrisy
The Center for State Fiscal Reform takes the discussion of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s income tax cut veto to a broad, national audience on


Other News Clips
January 21, 2014 – The Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2014 – Fox News
Alaska in better shape thanks to oil tax reform
January 18, 2014 – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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Task Force Tours

On Tuesday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, held tax and fiscal issue briefings with South Dakota legislators. 

Yesterday, Cara Sullivan, director of the Justice Performance Project, hosted an issue briefing on overcriminalization in Michigan.

Today, Jonathan Williams of the Center for State Fiscal Reform will hold Rich States, Poor States discussions with Maine legislators, in conjunction with the Maine Heritage Policy Center.
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What’s New on The American Legislator Blog?








In case you missed it on the American Legislator blog, Cara Sullivan, director of the Task Force on Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development, discusses recent demands to raise the minimum wage in various states around the country.


Read “The Impacts of Raising the Minimum Wage” here.