Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy

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The Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy is a front group of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and is headed by the Director of that Task Force, Jonathan Williams.[1]

About ALEC
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History: Newly Repackaged Version of Tax Foundation Group?

Sharing the same name as the Tax Foundation's Center for State Fiscal Policy, the Center for Competitive State Fiscal Reform commenced at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting at a Reception devoted to celebrating its launch.[2][3] Jonathan Williams was an employee of the Tax Foundation before coming to ALEC.

Mission

The mission statement for the Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy, according to a press release, is "To provide America's state legislators with free-market tax and fiscal policy solutions that will protect taxpayers, promote fiscal responsibility, and create lasting economic growth."[4]

According to that same press release written by ALEC spokeswoman Raegan Weber, "The Center will provide state lawmakers with the tools and research they need to improve their state’s economic outlook and stimulate real job creation. It will offer state lawmakers and policy experts much needed, reliable fiscal research to navigate through these unstable economic times."[5]

Later in the press release, it was stated, "The principles outlined in ALEC's Rich States, Poor States and the State Budget Reform Toolkit are just the beginning of the resources that will be provided to state legislators through the Center for Competitive State Fiscal Policy."

References

  1. "ALEC Announces Center for Competitive State Fiscal Reform." Inside ALEC. ALEC.org. July/August 2011. Accessed Aug. 16, 2011.
  2. [American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Receptions, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011]
  3. "State Tax and Spending Policy" Tax Foundation. TaxFoundation.org. Accessed Aug. 16, 2011.
  4. "ALEC Announces Center for Competitive State Fiscal Reform." Inside ALEC. ALEC.org. July/August 2011. Accessed Aug. 16, 2011.
  5. "ALEC Announces Center for Competitive State Fiscal Reform." Inside ALEC. ALEC.org. July/August 2011. Accessed Aug. 16, 2011.


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