Posts Tagged ‘alec’

Sep
2015
14

Teamsters Call on UPS to Cut Ties With ALEC

Teamsters Call on UPS to Cut Ties With ALEC
  The Teamsters have joined a coalition of 84 investor, public interest, and civil rights groups in an attempt to persuade UPS to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The so-called think tank has become widely known as a corporate bill mill that pushes a specific agenda throughout the country’s state...
Jul
2015
10

Former Member Says Corporations, Lawmakers Vote Side-by-Side on Laws at ALEC Retreats

Former Member Says Corporations, Lawmakers Vote Side-by-Side on Laws at ALEC Retreats
  When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently met at a resort hotel in Savannah, Geogia, investigative reporters from NBC 11Alive decided to find out what was really going on. They reserved hotel rooms at the resort and attempted to speak to lobbyists and legislators. The resulting news report is almost Daily Show-esque in...
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May
2015
18

ALEC’s All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal

ALEC's All-Star Right-Wing Disgrace Resigns as MO Speaker Following Sexting Scandal
  Now-former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl may have been a model American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politician, but it turns out that he is not a model citizen.  The man who fought hard for “Right-to-Work” has resigned in disgrace following the revelation of a sexting scandal involving him and a 19-year-old intern.   Diehl...
May
2015
14

IRONY THRONE: Union Transparency Bills Pursued by ALEC Groups Operating in Complete Secrecy

IRONY THRONE: Union Transparency Bills Pursued by ALEC Groups Operating in Complete Secrecy
  A rash of “collective bargaining transparency bills” have popped up in state legislatures across the country, each being pushed by think-tanks that answer to dark money donors.  Most recently in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Foundation pushed for the passage of a bill which would require public employers to post proposed collective...
Mar
2015
27

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC
  Across the country, Republican legislators (and West Virginia’s governor) are pushing legislation to repeal or drastically alter prevailing wage requirements for construction projects. The effort has felt uncharacteristically coordinated since November’s elections, considering how long-standing many of these laws are. The...
Mar
2015
3

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local “Right-to-Work” Laws

Three More Kentucky Counties Forge Ahead With Local
  The northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton are moving forward with countywide “Right-to-Work” laws knowing full well legal challenges are ahead.  For years, “Right-to-Work” has had solid support from Kentucky Republicans who control the Senate, but has been shot down by the Democrat-controlled House.  All three...
Feb
2015
27

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed: “Higher Pay Hurts Americans”

New ALEC Member Talking Point Exposed:
  The Guardian has published details of a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. between conservatives and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in which the anti-worker lobby discussed its two-pronged attack of litigation and legislation to help prevent a higher minimum wage.  ALEC members argued that their “new battleground”...
Jan
2015
28

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers’ “Ability to Negotiate Pay Raises”

WA Lawmakers Receive 11% Salary Boost, Immediately File Bills Limiting Workers'
  Just days after receiving raises of 11.2 percent, members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in Washington introduced a series of bills that would severely limit the ability of public employees to bargain for raises.  According to an email from the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) to its membership, the bills “use...
Aug
2014
27

Charter Schools: Now Complete With ALEC Members and FBI Raids!

Charter Schools: Now Complete With ALEC Members and FBI Raids!
  In “The Con Artistry of Charter Schools,” an incredible piece by In These Times writer Ruth Conniff, the burgeoning private education industry is given a thorough scolding for its inability to deliver on promises made to students and families. Excess and wrongdoing, Conniff explains, call the character of all charter schools into...
May
2014
16

“Solar is Dumb” and Other Brilliant Assertions from ALEC’s Delusional Inner Circle

  An op-ed from Wisconsin Assemblywoman Chris Taylor sheds light on her year as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The overarching views Taylor describes are not shocking, but the details would seem almost satirical to the casual observer. Renewable energy, for instance, is an area where ALEC’s approach...
Apr
2014
22

ALEC Legislation to Stifle Solar, Wind Energy Use Passes Oklahoma House

ALEC Legislation to Stifle Solar, Wind Energy Use Passes Oklahoma House
  Last week the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a law that will place surcharges on residents who chose to use solar or wind energy on their properties.  The environmentally unfriendly bill, SB 1456, passed by a 83-5 margin after receiving no debate.   The bill is similar to model legislation written by the American [&hellip...
Apr
2014
17

Welcome to Wyoming, ALEC’s Idea of a World-Class Melting Pot and Business Mecca

Welcome to Wyoming, ALEC's Idea of a World-Class Melting Pot and Business Mecca
  ALEC’s annual Rich States, Poor States “report” came out last week, wherein the conservative front group ranks each state’s “economic competitiveness” using their dubious take on free market economics.  The report is compiled by economist Arthur Laffer, a former Reagan administration official who other economists...