ALEC Digital Exchange 02-13-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 02-13-2014.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO.

All events will take place at the host hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Did you know? Kansas City’s official nickname is the City of Fountains. The first fountains were created in the 1800s for the purpose of providing water to the city’s 60-70,000 horses. 

With more than 200 fountains, Kansas City boasts the second-largest number in the world, second only to Rome. The fountains at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play baseball, are the largest privately funded fountains in the world.

Please make your plans to join lawmakers from around the country for a celebration of limited government, free markets and federalism on May 1 and 2.

Questions? Click here to register or for more information.   

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Newly Released: The States’ Broadband Plan  

Last week, the Task Force on Communications and Technology released The States’ Broadband Plan: Three Suggested Policies to Promote Broadband in the States.The States’ Broadband Plan highlights three model policies to expand broadband opportunities across the country:

Click here to download The States’ Broadband Plan.

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Charting the Course for Innovation and a Robust Global Intellectual Property Environment

At the American Legislator, Karla Jones and Jonah Bennett explain how to achieve an innovative and market-driven environment protecting and promoting intellectual property development.


Which Party Will Grab the mantle of Transparency?

The Huffington Post discusses how transparency in government will provide better government: “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has lead state efforts with its “open checkbook” initiative and now forty-five states list rudimentary expenses on state websites.”

Minimum Wages: Few Benefits, Many Consequences

At the American Legislator, Will Freeland analyzes the realistic outcomes of recent demands to raise the minimum wage.

Maryland Republican Senators Propose Corporate Income Tax Cuts

Tax Analysts covers a Maryland Senate Proposal on the state’s corporate income tax. “Corporate income tax reform can help Maryland compete for jobs, investments, and growth,” said Kati Siconolfi, manager for ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. Siconolfi testified on SB 366 and stressed that the most competitive states across the country don’t levy a corporate income tax. Tax Analysts is subscription-only.

States Should Stay out of Regulating IP Tech, Says ALEC. ‘Innovation Slows.’

Communications Daily feature The States’ Broadband Plan, a new report by the Task Force on Communications and Technology. “States should continue to enforce general consumer protection laws like those against fraud or deceptive business practices, said John Stephenson, director of ALEC’s Task Force on Communications and Technology, in an interview. On approving changes in network or service, or imposing carrier-of-last- resort obligations, state regulators should get out of the way, he said. ‘When old laws govern new technologies, costs rise and innovation slows,’ the report said.” Communications Daily is subscription-only.

American Majority and the 2013 State Tax Cut Round-Up 

Ned Ryun and American Majority circulate ALEC’s 2013 State Tax Cut Round-Up to their large group of supporters.

President Obama Doesn’t Know How to Create Jobs, and a Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Help  

Cara Sullivan engages RedState readers in a discussion about raising the minimum wage, pricing young and low-skilled employees out of the job market and the lessons President Obama could take from the states.

Obama’s Vow to Use Executive Authority Could Trickle Down to OSHA, Other Agencies

Bloomberg Law posits how the president’s use of executive orders could empower federal bureaucracies to make changes without congressional oversight. “Policy decisions should not be created in a vacuum,” said Molly Fuhs, a spokeswoman for the American Legislative Exchange Council. “Mandates- and in the president’s case, broad executive authority- prevents the creation of thoughtful and sound policy.”

State Department Finds No Environmental Objections to Keystone XL Construction

Karla Jones and Jonah Bennett report to the American Legislator on last week’s State Department announcement at the conclusion of their environmental investigation.

Sights are Set on Plastic Bags

At American Legislator, John Eick warns of the growing movement to tax or ban plastic bags in retail and grocery shops and explains why the data doesn’t support the proclaimed environmental benefits of such policies.

President Obama Can Find Change in the States 

Ben Wilterdink provides a response to last week’s State of the Union Address at America’s Future Foundation Doublethink Online.

The David Webb Show – Sirius XM 125

On Friday, February 7, Jonathan Williams was a guest on the David Webb Show to discuss the latest jobs report and the most recent publication from ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Policy, the Tax Cut Roundup.


Other News Clips
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Task Force Tours

On Tuesday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Policy, gave a presentation on Rich States, Poor States to a group of Indiana legislators at a legislative breakfast.
Sunday through Wednesday of this week, Alex Rued, legislative analyst for the Task Force on Communications and Technology, attended the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ 2014 Winter Committee Meetings.