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  • Massachusetts Tech Sector May Catch a Break image

    Massachusetts Tech Sector May Catch a Break

    At first blush, the Massachusetts “tech tax” appears similar to tax regimes in other states. However, the Massachusetts tax on computer software services has a unique set of implications—and would…

  • ALEC Approves Model Policy to Encourage Smarter Sentencing image

    ALEC Approves Model Policy to Encourage Smarter Sentencing

    In an era plagued by partisan posturing and gridlock, federal criminal justice reform proposals bring a breath of fresh air that follows on the heels of several years of bipartisan…

  • Why work when welfare pays more? image

    Why work when welfare pays more?

    The Cato Institute recently released an updated version of a decades-old study analyzing welfare benefits on a state-by-state basis. The study, The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off, found that the…

  • Privacy Concerns High as States Brace for Oct. 1st Exchange Enrollment image

    Privacy Concerns High as States Brace for Oct. 1st Exchange Enrollment

    An employee for Minnesota’s new health exchange accidentally sent 2,400 Social Security numbers to an insurance broker earlier this month, underscoring privacy concerns with the Affordable Care Act (ACA),…

  • Texas vs. Maryland: Opposing Economic Strategies image

    Texas vs. Maryland: Opposing Economic Strategies

    Recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley had a verbal sparring match on CNN’s Crossfire. Both participants mentioned various statistics and claimed the mantle of economic success…

  • Competition Leads to Cost-Savings in Water Infrastructure image

    Competition Leads to Cost-Savings in Water Infrastructure

    Every year in North America, 300,000 water main breaks threaten the safety of our communities and place enormous financial burdens on states already struggling to balance budgets. Decisions on how…

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    How Wireless Spectrum Works Magic

    Twenty years ago, the amount of electronics needed to power your smartphone would have filled a room. Today, everything from a stereo sound system with complex speakers to the World…

  • The Death Tax – Taxes on Death image

    The Death Tax – Taxes on Death

    By: Will Freeland and Matt Portu It has been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Thankfully, across the states it’s becoming less likely for Americans…

  • Government Threatens Montanans Privacy image

    Government Threatens Montanans Privacy

    By: Representative Daniel Zolnikov, House District 47, Billings Heights We take privacy for granted. Too often we mistakenly assume that we are the only ones privy to our personal information.

  • New Guide: Illinois Pension Reform is Possible image

    New Guide: Illinois Pension Reform is Possible

    The American Legislative Exchange Council Center For State Fiscal Reform’s latest publication, Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform, offers a solution-based perspective that should be valuable…

  • Ronald Coase, Titan of Economic Thought, Passes Away at 102 image

    Ronald Coase, Titan of Economic Thought, Passes Away at 102

    Ronald Coase, an economist hailed as one of the top 10 greatest economic thinkers of all time, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013, just shy of 103 years…

  • Alaska’s Bold Pension Reforms image

    Alaska’s Bold Pension Reforms

    By Nick Oswald Unfunded pension liabilities are becoming a greater and greater threat to state budgets. However, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s publication, Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for…

  • Massachusetts Targets Tech Sector for Revenue image

    Massachusetts Targets Tech Sector for Revenue

    With a pool of tech-focused firms and a slew of graduates from top-notch universities like MIT and Harvard, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts is home to a flourishing tech economy.

  • Myth of the Day: Real Household Income Has Not Grown in the Last 20 Years image

    Myth of the Day: Real Household Income Has Not Grown in the Last 20 Years

    One key tax myth that drives much of the desire for redistribution is the notion that real household income is not growing for any group but the wealthiest  Americans. The…

  • States Find Success Promoting Advanced Communications Technologies image

    States Find Success Promoting Advanced Communications Technologies

    By Jon Anzur The dynamic and fluid nature of the Internet has helped to ease communications, but those same characteristics make the Web ill-suited to state and federal regulation. As…

  • Michigan Pension Reform: A Model for the Nation image

    Michigan Pension Reform: A Model for the Nation

    Americans have become accustomed to hearing about unfunded liabilities generated by the various federal entitlement programs, but many state and local governments have serious public finance problems looming as well.

  • Successful Pension Reform in Rhode Island image

    Successful Pension Reform in Rhode Island

    In ALEC’s latest publication, Keeping The Promise: State Solutions For Government Pension Reform, former State Senator Dan Liljenquist details how the state of Rhode Island successfully addressed its unfunded…

  • Private Sector Strives to Close Digital Divide image

    Private Sector Strives to Close Digital Divide

    The Internet is no longer a luxury—it is essential. The Internet brings not only all the modern conveniences—the ease of paying bills online or shopping from anywhere at anytime—but it…

  • The Utah Pension Reform Model image

    The Utah Pension Reform Model

    At a time when nearly all state government pension funds are suffering from severe underfunding, there are a few bright spots that stand out. Utah is one such bright spot…

  • Farewell to the State Death Tax image

    Farewell to the State Death Tax

    by State Sen. Jim Banks (Columbia City, IN) We’ve all heard Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” One…