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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.
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The newest edition of Rich States, Poor States tells the story of the free-market ideals that build prosperous states after COVID-19 and beyond, and outlines the policy priorities that helped states stay ahead in 2020. Join report coauthor and ALEC Chief Economist Jonathan Williams and Senior Director of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform Lee Schalk for a discussion on the winners and losers of the 14th Edition, and the policy priorities that can help. Rich States, Poor States 14th Edition: http://www.richstatespoorstates.org/ “New Census Report: Americans Continue to Vote with Their Feet in Favor of Economic Opportunity”, by Jonathan Williams: https://www.alec.org/article/new-census-report-americans-continue-to-vote-with-their-feet-in-favor-of-economic-opportunity/ “A Discussion with Tennessee Leaders: Hall Tax Repeal, Right-to-Work and Economic Growth” by Lee Schalk: https://www.alec.org/article/a-discussion-with-tennessee-leaders-hall-tax-repeal-right-to-work-and-economic-growth/ “The Heartland Property-Tax Rebellion”, by Jonathan Williams and Dave Trabert: https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/04/the-heartland-property-tax-rebellion/ “Truth-in-Taxation Laws Are Gold Standard of Property Tax Reform”, by Jonathan Williams, Lee Schalk, and John Hendrickson: https://www.dailysignal.com/2021/04/29/truth-in-taxation-laws-are-gold-standard-of-property-tax-reform/
What is urban mobility? And how does it impact the growth and vitality of local economies? Jonathon Hauenschild sits down with Hunter Hamberlin to discuss the importance of urban mobility and how state and local lawmakers can navigate the hurdles and barriers to its development. Jonathon Hauenschild Profile: https://www.alec.org/person/jonathon-hauenschild
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday, April 26th, for Americans for Prosperity v. Becerra - a case concerning donor disclosure and the First Amendment. ALEC submitted an amicus brief to the court concerning this case in early March, bringing to light what happens when donor privacy isn’t preserved—when ideological opponents harass and intimidate people and organizations because of the causes they support. Today the report authors, former FEC Chairman and attorney Lee Goodman, Director for the ALEC Task Force on Communications and Technology Jonathon Hauenschild and Counsel and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Bartlett Cleland sit down to discuss the implications of this case and why ALEC chose to take a stand. ALEC AMICUS BRIEF: https://www.alec.org/publication/amicus-brief-afp-v-baccera/ ALEC PRESS RELEASE: https://www.alec.org/press-release/alec-legal-center-files-supreme-court-brief-opposing-donor-disclosure/ LAW AND CRIME ARTICLE: https://lawandcrime.com/supreme-court/justices-appear-poised-to-strike-down-california-law-in-case-with-potential-to-allow-more-dark-money-in-politics/ BLOOMBERG ARTICLE: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/u-s-supreme-court-will-hear-koch-backed-challenge-to-donor-law PHILANTHROPHY ROUNDTABLE: https://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/home/blog/post/roundtable/2021/04/26/california-vs.-charitable-giving Special Guest: Bartlett Cleland.
Property taxation is complicated, but thankfully change is on its way. Join Jonathan Williams, ALEC Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy, and Lee Schalk, Senior Director of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform, as they discuss the states enacting Truth in Taxation reforms and how lawmakers can bring the benefits to their states. More on Property Tax Reform from Jonathan Williams and Lee Schalk: https://www.alec.org/article/a-bipartisan-win-on-property-taxes-for-kansas-taxpayers/
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: https://www.conservativeenergynetwork.org/ Listen to more from the Conservative Energy Network on Across the State Here: https://podcast.alec.org/77 ALEC Energy Affordability Report: https://www.alec.org/publication/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: https://www.alec.org/ ACCE: https://www.alec.org/task-force/american-city-county-exchange/
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: https://libertas.org/about/staff/ Jonathon Hauenschild Profile: https://www.alec.org/person/jonathon-hauenschild/
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: https://libertas.org/author/james/ Libertas Website: https://libertas.org/
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: https://www.alec.org/person/skip-estes/ Skip Estes & Jonathan Williams "The Minimum Wage: Separating Myth from Fact:" https://issuesinsights.com/2021/02/22/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: https://www.conservativeenergynetwork.org/ Michael Jewell Profile: https://www.conservativetexansforenergyinnovation.org/team/michael-jewell/
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: https://www.alec.org/person/jonathon-hauenschild/
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: https://www.edchoice.org/our-team/jason-bedrick/ EdChoice Website: https://www.edchoice.org/ ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force: https://www.alec.org/task-force/education-and-workforce-development/
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: https://goldwaterinstitute.org/team/naomi-lopez/?gclid=CjwKCAjw9MuCBhBUEiwAbDZ-7gj-8a5UKNmWfaqLc0lzU5ebsoWWbjw8YPHtm0gily0jGB-FEPbyqRoCT7oQAvD_BwE Michael Cannon CATO Profile: https://www.cato.org/people/michael-f-cannon ALEC State Telehealth Innovation Index: https://www.alec.org/publication/state-innovation-index-telehealth/
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 MSlabinski@alec.org ALEC Blog Post on Universal Recognition: https://www.alec.org/article/universal-recognition-a-win-for-american-workers-consumers-and-the-economy/ Mississippi Center for Public Policy article: https://mspolicy.org/hb-261-universal-recognition-for-occupational-licenses/
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: collinsaerospace.com/what-we-do/Airports/Contactless-Passenger-Journey Collins Aerospace Website: https://www.collinsaerospace.com/ LeAnn Ridgeway in Simple Flying: https://simpleflying.com/collins-aerospace-covid-technology/ ALEC Panel on Return to Flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksiKx-cpyN4 Collins Aerospace biometrics solutions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc2TZqmFRUU
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: https://www.alec.org/article/is-it-time-to-end-smart-cities/
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: https://www.alec.org/article/bernie-sanders-mittens-are-the-newest-victim-of-anti-growth-policies/ Skip Estes in Real Clear Politics: https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2020/12/29/newtreasuryrulesubsidizeshigh-taxstates654677.html?fbclid=IwAR1yQVEA8Du6DKWR4EVUYAH3S_Ixv7jEwn155XIqBPbnbEvxks8BQ704AUQ Skip Estes in Issues & Insights: https://issuesinsights.com/2020/11/12/state-voters-weigh-in-on-taxes-with-some-surprising-results/
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: https://www.alec.org/article/is-it-time-to-end-smart-cities/
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: https://www.richstatespoorstates.org/states/UT/
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: https://www.pfizer.com/counterfeiting/counterfeitawarenesscampaign Find an accredited pharmacy: https://nabp.pharmacy/programs/accreditations-inspections/digital-pharmacy/accredited-digital-pharmacies/ Partnership for Safe Medicines Link - https://www.safemedicines.org/ The Uphill Fight Against Fake Prescription Drugs (Behind a Paywall but discusses social media role in counterfeit drug distribution): https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-uphill-fight-against-fake-prescription-drugs-1539009351 Internet Ordered Viagra is Rarely Genuine Illustrates counterfeit drug sales on internet platforms: https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(15)33810-8/abstract Measuring Impact of Counterfeits Gives a better understanding of the costs associated in addition to the patient health and safety risks: https://www.uschamber.com/report/measuring-the-magnitude-global-counterfeiting-creation-contemporary-global-measure-physical Pharmaceutical Security Institute: https://www.psi-inc.org/pharma-crime
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