The Right Policies Bring Hope and Opportunity for All: Jonathan Williams and Dr. Alveda King in The Dallas Examiner
ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist Jonathan Williams co-authored a column that appeared in The Dallas Examiner with Dr. Alveda King of Alveda King Ministries, highlighting the results the of the 16th edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index and providing states an outline to improve their own economic outlook and performance.
While discussing his motivation for lowering state income taxes, Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn explained, “There is just no downside to putting money back into the pockets of people.”
It’s hard to argue with that.
Despite the gridlock in our Nation’s Capital, there is hope across the 50 states for policies that create opportunity for all. The annual report, Rich States, Poor States, includes many examples of states that are getting it right.
For 16 years, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has partnered with famed economists Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore to produce Rich States, Poor States, an in-depth analysis of each state’s economic outlook and performance. The study is a compelling resource for elected leaders deciding whether to embrace policies that increase the size of government or policies that encourage job creation and allow people to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.
As the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators dedicated to limited government, free markets, and federalism, ALEC understands and celebrates the role state legislators play when it comes to improving the economic outcomes in their states.
But policymakers are not alone in understanding the value of the report. Entrepreneurs and job creators, for example, regularly use the analysis to identify which states offer the best foundation when starting or moving a business.