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Capitol Report: ALEC, broadband, guns, religion

February 2, 2014

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    A leading proponent of the theory that lower income taxes produces economic growth will be speaking Wednesday to the House Taxation Committee on "Growing the Kansas Economy."

    Jonathan Williams is director of the Center for State and Fiscal Reform with the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    He will be speaking to a receptive audience. Tax Chairman State Rep. Richard Carlson, R-St. Marys, has helped pushed through Gov. Sam Brownback's policy of cutting income tax rates while keeping the sales tax rate high and eliminating or reducing deductions aimed at helping low-income Kansans.

    The Kansas Legislature is dominated by members of ALEC, which argues for lower taxes and smaller government, but which critics say produces model legislation to benefit corporations and the wealthy.

    Legislation would ban community broadband service

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    Senate Bill 304 ( .PDF )

    A hearing is set for Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit communities from offering broadband Internet service.

    Senate Bill 304 was introduced by a lobbyist for the cable television industry and will be heard by the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Supporters of the bill say government shouldn't be competing with private businesses for broadband customers, while critics say cities should be allowed to make decisions that benefit their citizens.

    The bill is moving like a high-speed Internet connection. Final action by the committee is scheduled for Thursday, 10 days after the bill was first introduced.

    Action set on controversial bills

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    House Bill 2453 ( .PDF )

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    House Bill 2473 ( .PDF )

    The House Federal and State Affairs Committee has set aside two days — Tuesday and Wednesday — to work on several controversial bills.

    House Bill 2453 would provide legal protection for people with sincerely held religious beliefs from having to provide services or goods to same-sex couples, while House Bill 2473 would prohibit cities from regulating the open carry of weapons.

    Quote of the week:

    "I always tell my students that pursuing higher education is weather-related. You don't want to work outside on a day like today. You want to get a good education so you can get an inside job." State Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, during a hearing on a resolution in support of increasing number of Kansans getting a postsecondary degree or credential. At the time of the hearing, it was 16 degrees outside with a wind chill of 1 degree.

    What's next:

    7:15 a.m. Tuesday — Presentation by Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to Senate Ways and Means subcommittee on education, room 546-South.

    1 p.m. Tuesday — Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker and Kansas Policy Institute's Dave Trabert speaking to joint meeting of House and Senate Education committees, room 144-South.

    1:30 p.m. Tuesday — Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center presents annual report to joint meeting of Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and House Health and Human Services Committee, room 546-South.

    7:15 a.m. Thursday — Presentation by KU Medical Center to Senate Ways and Means subcommittee on education, room 546-South.

    Comments

    Richard Heckler 2 months, 1 week ago

    ALEC and Supply Side Economics has done a fine job over the past 33 years of keeping USA economic growth suppressed and pushing USA jobs out of the USA.

    What is the opposite of ALEC? - People for the American Way http://www.pfaw.org/issues

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    Bob Smith 2 months, 1 week ago

    The role of ALEC in the Permian Extinction has never been fully investigated.

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    Richard Heckler 2 months, 1 week ago

    BTW there us a New ALEC Koch-Linked Political Firm Aims to Handpick "Electable" Candidates

    Meet Aegis Strategic - http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

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    Richard Heckler 2 months, 1 week ago

    ALEC Right Wing Party is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP.

    Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation.

    It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote bills which:

    • gut environmental laws

    • create a regressive tax system

    • eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

    • undermine universal and affordable health care

    • privatize public education

    • chip away at voting rights.

    http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

    Where Did The GOP go? It died at the hands of Koch Industries, Walton Family money, AMWAY family money(DeVoss), John Birch,Pete Peterson,Extreme Fundamentalists, Xe/Blackwater - Prinz family money etc etc etc

    What is the GOP? John Birch Society - ALEC - Anti American - The Tea Party = it's all four. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/SourceWatch

    John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

    United States of ALEC http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

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    Bob Forer 2 months, 1 week ago

    First Arthur Laffler, whose "trickle down" theories are exemplified in the long-discredited "Laffler Curve.

    And now this clown.

    Who is this guy? His academic credentials are so mediocre that there is no mention of his educational background on his biographical page at the ALEC website. Had to do a little digging on the web to find that this "distinguished" economist’s sole academic credential is an undergraduate degree from Northwood University. Anybody ever hear of that place? Apparently it's a third tier university in Midland Michigan that didn't even exist until 1961. Not exactly Ivy League, or for that matter, Big 12 caliber.

    Looks like our esteemed legislature has already received marching orders from the Kochs to cut taxes for the wealthy even further and this is the best "expert" Koch money could buy.

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    John McCoy 2 months, 1 week ago

    What's the matter with Kansas? People who vote against their own self interest. Brownback and Kobach are interested only in dissolving government, not in their constituents' well being.

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    Mark Rainey 2 months, 1 week ago

    "Jonathan Williams is director of the Center for State and Fiscal Reform with the American Legislative Exchange Council." Are tax dollars paying for his hotel room?

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    Joshua Montgomery 2 months, 1 week ago

    Folks interested in stopping the train wreck that is Kansas SB 304 "The Incumbent Telecommunications Company Protection Act." can learn more and take action here:

    http://kansansforbroadbandaccess.com

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