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ALEC Legislators Say it’s Time to Safely Reopen American Society

Daniel Reynolds

ALEC Legislators Say it’s Time to Safely Reopen American Society

ALEC releases letter with over 200 legislator signers

ARLINGTON, VA – (April 30, 2020) Today, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released a letter signed by over 200 state legislators urging President Trump and America’s Governors to safely reopen American society. Since mid-March, over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment, and 43% of small businesses say they will have to close permanently. The letter calls for economies to be safely reopened in order to save the country and the American people, and to restore the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.

Read the full letter here.

“We need to safely open state economies and restart the American economic engine that was firing on all cylinders prior to the pandemic,” said Jonathan Williams, ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist. “To expedite our national economic recovery, policymakers should embrace proven free market methods to enhance our competitiveness such as tax relief, deregulation and lawsuit reform. This approach will protect our communities and get America safely back to work.”

This is part of a greater effort of multiple liberty organizations that have joined the Save Our Country Coalition. Members include ALEC, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Patriots and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity as well as a broad cross section of national leaders. ALEC supports the coalition with its unique ability to convene policy creators and focus them on solutions.

“For the first time in American history, a national crisis is being addressed through decentralization —with a focus on federalism,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “One size does not fit all, and we urge the President and our nation’s governors to return society to normal as quickly as possible using the approach and criteria that best fits their circumstances.”


The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: