Publications & Studies

Publications (page 5)

  • State Tax Cut Roundup: 2015 Legislative Session image

    State Tax Cut Roundup: 2015 Legislative Session

    The 2015 legislative session featured a notable number of states achieving tax relief and tax reform for their citizens. Pro-growth tax reform was a key theme throughout the 2015 legislative…

  • State Factor: Optimizing the Abuse-deterrent Opioids Market image

    State Factor: Optimizing the Abuse-deterrent Opioids Market

    An estimated 15.7 million people aged 12 or older have used prescription drugs non-medically in the past year, according to Dr. Wayne Winegarden’s State Factor on the American opioid crisis.

  • Rich States, Poor States, 8th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 8th Edition

    Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to their…

  • Federalism, Dillon Rule and Home Rule image

    Federalism, Dillon Rule and Home Rule

    Every local government is governed by their respective states by two legal definitions, The Dillon Rule or Home Rule. Regardless of which legal definition a local government falls under, both…

  • Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings image

    Report Card on American Education: State Education Rankings

    Education Report Card By Dr. Matthew Ladner The 20th edition of the Report Card on American Education is a comprehensive overview of educational achievement levels, focusing on performance and gains for low-income…

  • State Factor: Charitable Giving image

    State Factor: Charitable Giving

    State Factor: The Effect of State Taxes on Charitable Giving According to the new report, The Effect of State Taxes on Charitable Giving the following states donated the most to charity…

  • Federally Managed Lands in the West image

    Federally Managed Lands in the West

    Federally Managed Lands in the West: The Economic and Environmental Implications for the States In the 12 continental states from Colorado west, more than 50 percent of the land is…

  • State of the States: An Analysis of the 2015 Governors’ Addresses image

    State of the States: An Analysis of the 2015 Governors’ Addresses

    Each year, governors across the nation give a state-of-the-state address to communicate to their constituents what they did—or did not—accomplish this year. State of the States is an in-depth study…

  • Recidivism Reduction: Community-Based Supervision Alternatives to Incarceration image

    Recidivism Reduction: Community-Based Supervision Alternatives to Incarceration

    Recidivism Reduction: Community-Based Supervision Alternatives to Incarceration As a result of failed corrections practices, our criminal justice system has created a revolving door of offenders. More than 40 percent of…

  • Innovate: Policy For the Future image

    Innovate: Policy For the Future

    Innovate: Policy For the Future Solutions to today’s problems come from creative thinking and a genuine plan of action. Government should operate in the 21st Century instead of the 1950s,…

  • State Tax Cut Roundup: 2014 Legislative Session image

    State Tax Cut Roundup: 2014 Legislative Session

    Fourteen states cut cut taxes in the 2014 legislative year, with a trend of traditionally blue states cutting taxes, according to a new report by the Center for State Fiscal…

  • States are Engaging EPA on Clean Power Plan image

    States are Engaging EPA on Clean Power Plan

    On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made headlines by proposing a rule the agency calls the “Clean Power Plan.” This incredibly far-reaching regulation seeks to reduce…

  • Rich States, Poor States, 7th Edition image
  • The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth image

    The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth

    In The Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, the authors provide an overview on the nature and extent of tax cronyism in states’ tax codes…

  • Reforming Net Metering: Providing a Bright and Equitable Future image

    Reforming Net Metering: Providing a Bright and Equitable Future

    Across the country, more and more customers are using rooftop solar panels and other small-scale, on-site power sources known as distributed generation (DG). To encourage the introduction of these systems…

  • Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers image

    Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers

    Increasing the minimum wage may seem like a tool to raise low-income workers out of poverty, but it inevitably hurts the very people policymakers intend to help. When the government…

  • The States’ Broadband Plan image

    The States’ Broadband Plan

    State lawmakers face difficult economic challenges. While many Americans worry that job and unemployment numbers remain stubbornly high, citizens look to their elected representatives in the state and federal government…

  • Inside ALEC January/February 2014 image
  • Restoring the Balance of Power image

    Restoring the Balance of Power

    Thirteen Proposals to Return Sovereignty to the States Restoring the Balance of Power contains 13 proposals for state legislators to return sovereignty to the states. We are witnessing an unprecedented…

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    Natural Resource Reserve

    The Energy, Environment & Agriculture (EEA) Task Force has designed a summary policy guide to make relevant model policies and model resolutions more accessible to ALEC member legislators.  Since…