ALEC & the Economy

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ALEC's Legislative Agenda on the Economy

On American Legislative Exchange Council task forces, corporate lobbyists and special interests vote as equals with elected representatives on templates to change our laws, behind closed doors with no press or public allowed to see the votes or deliberations. ALEC economic legislation caters to those corporate interests. It includes proposals that would destabilize the economy and hurt working people by further tilting the tax code in favor of wealthy corporations, privatizing Medicare and Social Security, and removing protections for American consumers. ALEC's private sector co-chair of the Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task Force is Emory Wilkerson of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

Creating or Expanding Loopholes for the Richest Corporations and Individuals

  • ALEC's "Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act" protects wealthy investors and denies revenue from windfall income derived without labor that could help fund basic services.
  • The "Resolution to Repeal the Federal Unified Gift and Estate Tax" is one of several model bills by ALEC that repeals taxes on large estates, giving more loopholes to the heirs of the wealthiest few.
  • ALEC's "Flat Tax Option Act" would create a "flat tax" system that ignores the way such a tax would burden middle and working class families and would give big tax breaks to richer Americans, by abandoning progressive taxation rates.
  • ALEC's "Automatic Income Tax Rate Adjustment Act" would automatically adjust individual and corporate income tax rates downward if income tax revenue collected by the state increased, without regard to needs for public services due to population growth or other circumstances such as the opportunity to invest in infrastructure.
  • ALEC's "Real Estate and Economic Growth Resolution" is a resolution encouraging the end of capital gains taxes and the flow of more money into real estate, including greater investment of pension funds in real estate. The resolution advocates for similar policies to those that led to the housing bubble in the mid-2000s.
  • ALEC's "Resolution Urging Congress to Permanently Extend the Bush Tax Cuts" urges Congress to extend the Bush administration's tax cuts, which favor the wealthy and corporations while expanding the federal budget deficit.
  • ALEC's "Federal TABOR Resolution" calls to limit government spending and would require a "supermajority vote of both houses of Congress" to override the spending limit.
  • ALEC's "Super-Majority Act" would amend the state constitution to require all tax and "license fee" increases or impositions be approved by two-thirds of all members of each house of the Legislature, except when there is insufficient revenue to pay interest on the state's debt.

Privatizing Medicare and Social Security