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People spend far too much time looking just at the federal government. The same is true with podcasts. Instead, the discussions hosted on Across the States focus on state issues and state solutions within state capitols, by state legislators and with state policy experts.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is the country's largest voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. It acts as a forum to exchange ideas and develop state-based solutions.
82 Episodes
When there are challenges facing the country’s energy sector, every American feels it. Landon Stevens, Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Conservative Energy Network, and Carly Good, Manager of the ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force, join Matthew Fisher to discuss obstacles in the energy sector and the free market approach to developing America’s vast energy potential. Conservative Energy Network Website: Listen to more from the Conservative Energy Network on Across the State Here: ALEC Energy Affordability Report:
Hunter Hamberlin sits down with ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson, EVP of Policy Jonathan Williams and Director of the American City County Exchange (ACCE) Andre Cushing to welcome the newest state legislators to ALEC and ACCE. Whether you are new to public service or a seasoned servant leader, ACCE and ALEC have something to offer to you. Listen in to find out how. Learn More About... ALEC: ACCE:
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have severely impacted business across America. But the state of Utah recently passed legislation to give businesses a major break from coronavirus regulations. Join James Czerniawksi, Policy Analyst for Tech & Innovation at Libertas, and Jonathon Hauenschild, Director of the ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force, as they discuss how state lawmakers can use regulatory sandboxes to spur innovation and growth. James Czerniawksi Profile: Jonathon Hauenschild Profile:
DESCRIPTION The federal government usually dominates the debate over surveillance and privacy. But what about the states and local authorities? James Czerniawski, Policy Analyst for Tech and Innovation at Libertas, joins Jonathon Hauenschild and Matthew Fisher to discuss the importance of privacy and how lawmakers can address the issue going forward. LINKS: James Czerniawski Profile: Libertas Website:
What is the impact of local minimum wages on small businesses and our communities? On this episode of Across the States, Hunter Hamberlin sits down with Associate Director of the ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Skip Estes to discuss why an unwise minimum wage set by state and local authorities can backfire when it comes to creating jobs and opportunity for constituents. Skip Estes from ALEC: Skip Estes & Jonathan Williams "The Minimum Wage: Separating Myth from Fact:"
Many wondered what caused Texas Energy Crisis. On today’s episode of Across the States, Michael Jewell of the Conservative Energy Network and the Conservative Coalition Research Institute join Matthew Fisher and Carly Good to break down what happened in the Lonestar State in February and explain how state lawmakers can lead the way in delivering secure and affordable power and electricity to the people. Conservative Energy Network: Michael Jewell Profile:
The coronavirus pandemic has opened Pandora's box of questions and concerns regarding emergency powers and executive overreach on the state level. What is the role of the legislature during a crisis? How much power is too much power for a chief executive to boast? Matt Fisher sits down with Jonathon Hauenschild to discuss the dangers and inadequacies of unilateral executive authority during crises and how state legislatures can get more involved in overcoming emergencies. Jonathon Hauenschild Profile:
From lockdowns and union disputes to remote learning, the past year has tested America’s education system in unprecedented ways. This week on Across the States, Matthew Fisher sits down with Jason Bedrick of EdChoice and Andrew Handel of ALEC to discuss how lawmakers are taking the initiative to give parents and students more freedom in the classroom. Find out how EdChoice is working with statehouses to rebuild K-12 education in the United States. Jason Bedrick Profile: EdChoice Website: ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force:
The future of medicine lies in telehealth. But government regulations and bureaucracy can act as roadblocks to innovation in healthcare. Host Matthew Fisher and Health and Human Sciences Task Force Senior Director Brooklyn Roberts sit down with Naomi Lopez of the Goldwater Institute and Michael Cannon from the CATO Institute to discuss how state lawmakers are taking the initiative in the coronavirus pandemic to unleash the full potential that telehealth has to offer. Naomi Lopez Goldwater Profile: Michael Cannon CATO Profile: ALEC State Telehealth Innovation Index:
Over 40 million Americans are employed with occupational licenses, yet the majority lose their licenses once they cross state lines. But in Mississippi, that is beginning to change with universal recognition, which helps ease the overly burdensome and duplicative licensing process that prevents workers from out of state gaining employment in their chosen profession. Since this recording, the Mississippi legislation has made its way to Governor Reeves' desk. Join host Hunter Hamberlin as he sits down with ALEC director of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development task force Michael Slabinski and ALEC State Legislator of the Month Representative Becky Currie to discuss how she took the lead on making universal recognition a reality. To learn more about occupational licensing reform, contact ALEC Blog Post on Universal Recognition: Mississippi Center for Public Policy article:
It has been a difficult year for airlines as domestic and international travel is down due to the pandemic. But as we begin to leave the pandemic and lockdowns behind, Collins Aerospace is ready to help Americans take flight again with their innovation in contactless travel. Join your host Bill Meierling as he sits down with Collins Aerospace Vice President and General Manager of Information Management Solutions LeAnn Ridgeway, who charts the course to how states can build consumer confidence and return to flight. Contactless Travel: Collins Aerospace Website: LeAnn Ridgeway in Simple Flying: ALEC Panel on Return to Flight: Collins Aerospace biometrics solutions:
Join us this week as we continue our discussion with Jonathon Hauenschild on an increasingly relevant issue facing our nation’s rural and urban centers: reliable, quality, cost-effective internet access. Smart Cities have existed in foreign countries for decades. Learn how barriers like government over-regulation and free-market throttling contribute to the U.S. falling behind in connecting its citizens to the web – and the solutions we can act on now. Smart Cities on the ALEC Blog:
Despite the financial consequences from an economic shutdown, several states are posting impressive growth numbers. Host Hunter Hamberlin is joined by ALEC Associate Director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy task force to explore how the growing cities in these states are getting good results by exploring indicators such as job growth, wage growth and new residents. Listen to learn how these cities implement sound fiscal policies – like no state income tax – to realize the benefits of growth and prosperity. Skip Estes: Bernie Sanders’ Mittens are the Newest Victim of Anti-Growth Policies: Skip Estes in Real Clear Politics: Skip Estes in Issues & Insights:
Do you know how smart your city is? On today’s episode, host Hunter Hamberlin sits down with ALEC Communication and Technology Task Force Director Jonathon Hauneschild to discuss what makes a city “smart,” how it can improve communities and the risks that may come with “smart” city data. Smart Cities on the ALEC Blog:
Join ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson as she discusses the success Utah demonstrates during the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 with the ALEC 2021 Chairman and January State Legislator of the Month, Utah Senate President Stuart Adams. President Adams offers insight into the policies and practices that have saved lives – and livelihoods – in the Beehive State. From remaining open for business since May 2020 to giving teachers raises, Utah has demonstrated that local legislative approaches couched in sound economic policies are more than capable of keeping things running smoothly. 1 Ranked Utah in Rich States, Poor States:
Counterfeit drugs have been found in all 50 states and threaten the safety and health of Americans. Industry leaders have stepped up to do their part in keeping them out of the hands of unknowing Americans. Since 2004, Pfizer has stopped over 260 million doses of counterfeit drugs in the states. On the podcast to discuss this and the state policy that plays a role are Pfizer Vice President and Chief Security Officer Lev Kubiak and ALEC Director of the Health and Human Services Task Force Brooklyn Roberts. Learn More about Pfizer’s Campaign: Find an accredited pharmacy: Partnership for Safe Medicines Link - The Uphill Fight Against Fake Prescription Drugs (Behind a Paywall but discusses social media role in counterfeit drug distribution): Internet Ordered Viagra is Rarely Genuine Illustrates counterfeit drug sales on internet platforms: Measuring Impact of Counterfeits Gives a better understanding of the costs associated in addition to the patient health and safety risks: Pharmaceutical Security Institute:
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, state legislatures across the country were faced with declining revenue and increased costs attributable to the virus, and the federal government quickly responded with the first installment of CARES Act funding. In Mississippi, because of prior fiscal restraint and a respect for taxpayer money, the legislature was able to employ these funds to not only respond to the current COVID crisis, but to invest in the state’s future. Join host Dan Reynolds and October State Legislator of the Month Mississippi Senator Joel Carter as they discuss how. Mississippi to receive $16M to expand broadband access in the Clarion Ledger:
On the podcast we often discuss the impact COVID-19 had on various industries across the states. With business closures and no travel orders, the pandemic has been the worst crisis for our country’s hotel industry. Today we are joined by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the nation’s largest hotel owners association, to discuss how the hotel industry is filled with small businesses across the country, and how this pandemic has impacted these businesses. AAHOA CEO Dr. Cecil P. Staton, AAHOA Vice President for Government Affairs at AAHOA Chirag Shah and Maine County Commissioner Andre Cushing join host Dan Reynolds to weigh in. AAHOA Website:
Imagine a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers and activists, all working to find solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture and upward mobility. 1776 Unites does just that, by maintaining a special focus on voices in the black community and starting a movement to shape the American future by drawing on the best of its past. Joining the podcast today to tell us more about 1776 Unites and how its mission will play out in the states is Bob Woodson, Founder and President the Woodson Center and the Founder of 1776 Unites, Ian Rowe, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Woodson Center and Sherry Street, ALEC Vice President of Policy Advancement. 1776 Unites Website: 1776 Unites Curriculum Page:
Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Foundation joins host Dan Reynolds and Senior Director of International Relations and Federalism Karla Jones to discuss China’s chilling oppression of its Uyghur minority. Secretary of State Pompeo called China’s atrocities the “Stain of the century” and The Economist described President Xi Zinping’s campaign against the Uyghurs as “today’s single worst [human rights] violation outside a war zone.” Listen in as Smith introduces the Uyghurs, details China’s genocide against them and praises US policies to counter Xi. Smith also references democracy’s future in Hong Kong and China’s threat to Taiwan’s sovereignty. Victims of Communism Uyghur Materials: Victims of Communism Memorial Day Resolution Act to Prohibit Confucius Institutes in Public Institutions of Higher Education
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