Rich States, Poor States: Defining Winners and Losers

That the future looks brighter for conservative, low tax states than for "spendthrift," high tax jurisdictions may sound intuitive. But in the context of our social fabric, the ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index for 2010, released by the American Legislative Exchange Council , is...

State Taxation: Post-Election Fiscal Management and Priorities

In the aftermath of November election results, the states are all taking another hard look at their fiscal prospects. For the most part, but with a few exceptions, the picture is anything but bright. Incoming leadership (new and old alike) is reflecting intensively on the new political landscape. ...

2012 ALEC-Laffer Report Strikes Familiar Theme

The just-released 5 th edition of Rich States, Poor States , the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) report on economic competitiveness of the states, reaches familiar conclusions shadowing those set forth in preceding editions: How the 50 states, described in the report as "laboratories...

Taxpayers Subsidize Rich Anti-Taxers

When it comes to picking taxpayer pockets, few organizations display as much chutzpah as the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is a rich person's anti-tax lobby, hating paying the price of civilization and in love with the idea of weak tax law enforcement. Now taxpayers, at least in South...