Webinar Debunks Myths Promoted by ALEC

PA Policy Perspectives: A Webinar SeriesThe American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, may have recently abandoned its advocacy of controversial Voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws in the face of public scrutiny — but it hasn’t stopped pushing for fiscal policies that benefit corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center hosted a webinar this week that examined ALEC’s state tax and budget agenda and what it means for the commonwealth. It featured the authors of Selling Snake Oil to the States, a report documenting ALEC's agenda to enact state policies that cut services and reduce expenses for profitable corporations while doing little to grow the economy.

ALEC’s hand is evident in legislative proposals to cut corporate taxes in Pennsylvania that come at the expense of schools, health care, and human services. These policies are moving forward even as state revenue collections have fallen short of projections in four of the last five months — which could make it difficult to maintain the $28.1 billion budget proposed by the Governor in February.

Our webinar debunked ALEC’s myths about taxes and economic growth. Greg Leroy of Good Jobs First and Dr. Peter Fisher of the University of Iowa discussed their research on ALEC’s tax, budget and economic agenda, and PBPC Director Sharon Ward  provided an update on efforts in Pennsylvania to divert state resources to pay for a new round of tax cuts for profitable corporations. View their PowerPoint presentation and check out other upcoming PBPC webinars.


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