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  • The Shortfalls of Oklahoma’s Defined Benefit Public Pension Plans image

    The Shortfalls of Oklahoma’s Defined Benefit Public Pension Plans

    Across the country, unfunded public pension liabilities are the single largest threat to the stability and solvency of state and municipal governments.

  • Private Sector Investment, Innovation Makes ConnectEd Possible image

    Private Sector Investment, Innovation Makes ConnectEd Possible

    A working knowledge of online research services and Microsoft Office Suite once made individuals attractive candidates for employment. Yet, given today’s global, networked economy, lacking these skills may altogether take…

  • Minimum Wages: Few Benefits, Many Consequences image

    Minimum Wages: Few Benefits, Many Consequences

    President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was the culmination of months of advocacy from Democrats and activists for a higher minimum wage. The President proposed a raise to…

  • ALEC State of the Union Response image

    ALEC State of the Union Response

    Communications and Technology President Obama recognized in his State of the Union address that markets are working to provide quality broadband to consumers, check bad actors, and create new businesses…

  • How We Should Think About Income Inequality image

    How We Should Think About Income Inequality

    Later today President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. By most indications, the speech will focus on income inequality, an issue the President has previously called…

  • National School Choice Week—Empower Parents, Improve Student Learning image

    National School Choice Week—Empower Parents, Improve Student Learning

    Last month, the results of an international exam revealed that America’s world ranking hasn’t changed much in three years. The scores were “a picture of stagnation,” U.S. Education Secretary…

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    Course Choice Program Act

    Course Choice Program Act Section 1. {Title} (A) This Act shall be named the “Course Choice Program Act.” Section 2. {Legislative Declaration} (A) The legislature finds and declares…

  • Student Achievement Backpack Act image

    Student Achievement Backpack Act

    Student Achievement Backpack Act Summary This bill provides access by a student’s parent or guardian or an authorized local education agency (LEA) user to the learning profile of a…

  • K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act image

    K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act

    K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act.” Section 2.

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    Early Intervention Program Act

    Early Intervention Program Act Summary This act creates an early intervention program, targeted to at-risk students. It requires the State Board of Education to select one or…

  • Foster Child Scholarship Program Act image

    Foster Child Scholarship Program Act

    The Foster Child Scholarship Program Act Summary The Foster Child Scholarship Program creates a scholarship program that provides children who have been placed in foster care the option…

  • Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act image

    Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act

    Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act Summary This Act will create standards of operation for those individuals who act as a bail recovery agent. Model Policy Section 1. {Short…

  • State Budget Solutions’ Fourth Annual State Debt Report image

    State Budget Solutions’ Fourth Annual State Debt Report

    State Budget Solutions' (SBS) fourth annual State Debt Study reveals that state governments face a combined $5.1 trillion in debt.

  • The Worst State Budget Gimmicks of 2013 image

    The Worst State Budget Gimmicks of 2013

    State Budget Solutions has been keeping an eye on the bag of tricks employed by legislators and other budget officials. These budget gimmicks hide the true cost of government and set up states for fiscal calamity down the road.

  • Honesty in Lawyering Act image

    Honesty in Lawyering Act

    Model Policy  Title __ of the [   ] Code is amended by adding Chapter ___ to read as follows:  Chapter __.  Attorney Misconduct  Section…

  • Governor Scott Takes Aim at the Corporate Income Tax image

    Governor Scott Takes Aim at the Corporate Income Tax

    In a recent Bloomberg television interview, Governor Rick Scott of Florida detailed his plan to cut $500 million in state taxes and fees. The state of Florida is currently…

  • Colorado Taxpayers Reject Tax Increases, Choose Growth image

    Colorado Taxpayers Reject Tax Increases, Choose Growth

    On Tuesday a ballot measure to raise income taxes on Coloradans to raise funds for increased education spending failed. In fact, the measure, Amendment 66, didn’t just fail–it went…

  • ALEC Oil Sands Trip Educates Legislators On Environmentally Conscious Energy Production image

    ALEC Oil Sands Trip Educates Legislators On Environmentally Conscious Energy Production

    Last month, a group of ALEC members flew to Calgary in Alberta, Canada, to tour an oil sands facility and meet with representatives of the Alberta government,…

  • ALEC Makes Cybersecurity a Year-Long Priority image

    ALEC Makes Cybersecurity a Year-Long Priority

    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month-long initiative dedicated to encouraging all Internet users to be cognizant of their online surroundings. In a 21st century environment, it is…

  • Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization Principles image

    Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization Principles

    Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization Principles Summary Several state legislatures and state public utility commissions are examining ways to modernize their electric…