Media conference call briefing: Exposing ALEC’s economic agenda in the states

- February 11, 2013
   

To register, contact Phoebe Silag or Donté Donald in the Economic Policy Institute media relations department at news@epi.org or 202.775.8810 to RSVP and for call-in information.

Washington— On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the Economic Policy Institute will host a media conference call on the economic policy agenda promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—an agenda that would weaken state economies, harm working families and put the interests of corporations and the most affluent households before the common good.

Governor John Kasich has proposed cuts to Ohio personal income taxes, one of ALEC’s most prominent agenda items. One new tax break in particular would benefit large corporations and passive investors at a huge cost to the state budget, while rewarding tax avoidance and doing little to create jobs. If passed, it also would mean a less equitable tax system for Ohio, with low- and middle-income families paying more and the wealthy paying less.  

ALEC—a network of conservative state legislators, corporate lobbyists and anti-government activists—recently faced intense scrutiny for its promotion of strict voter identification laws and the controversial “stand your ground” gun policy. It’s also been highly visible in its work to repeal health-care reform, push for education vouchers, and sharply scale back environmental protections and social safety-net programs. But ALEC’s economic and fiscal policy agenda is less well-reported. This agenda centers on state tax and budget policy prescriptions and privatization plans, many of which are extreme and would place at risk key building blocks of broadly shared prosperity. It is an agenda that benefits corporations and the wealthiest citizens, at the expense of other Americans.

The experts featured at this briefing are authors of reports that examine ALEC’s economic and fiscal policies. They will share their findings, which demonstrate that ALEC’s policies pose a threat to investments important to economic growth, while advancing corporate interests. After the initial presentations, the panelists will field questions. Copies of the reports are available:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ report is forthcoming.

In the Public Interest http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/sites/default/files/ALEC_report_FINAL.pdf

Good Jobs First and Iowa Policy Project http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/snakeoiltothestates.pdf

To register for the call contact EPI’s media relations department at news@epi.org or 202.775.8810.

What:             Media conference call briefing on ALEC’s agenda in states

When:            Wednesday, February 13, at 1 p.m. ET

Who:               Moderator: Doug Clopp, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Common Cause

Erica Williams, Senior Policy Analyst, State Fiscal Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Peter Fisher, Research Director, Iowa Policy Project

Shar Habibi, Resource Center Director, In the Public Interest

NOTE: Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and publisher of PRWatch.org, ALECexposed.org and Sourcewatch.org, will be available to take questions during the question-and-answer period

Register:        Contact Phoebe Silag or Donté Donald in the Economic Policy Institute media relations department at news@epi.org or 202.775.8810 to RSVP and for call-in information.

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