This year, ALEC has continued to wreak havoc in states across the country despite an exodus of high-profile corporate members, including BP, Google, and several high-tech firms.
The Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of PRWatch.org and the award-winning ALECexposed.org, has created a new web resource devoted to exposing the corporations, trade associations, "think tanks," and front groups working against the creation of family-supporting jobs.
Scott Walker is telling the world he has a budget surplus. What he has is a $2.2 billion deficit and a big problem.
The state’s Joint Finance Committee will work in marathon sessions this week to finalize another Walker austerity budget.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his election in 2010 on a promise to create 250,000 new jobs. Walker created his flagship Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2011 and named himself Chairman. Now, as allegations of cronyism and corruption engulf WEDC, Walker has been removed as Chairman.
Now that the Wisconsin GOP and its allies have rammed though an American Legislative Exchange Council "right to work" (RTW) bill, the same cast of characters is back pushing another ALEC model: repeal of the state’s prevailing wage laws. These laws require public construction projects to support local wage standards instead of undercutting them.
Backed by big corporate dollars from McDonalds and others, the International Franchise Association is using legal maneuvers and back room lobbying to try to undermine workers in the fast food industry.
The fossil fuel barons, Charles and David Koch, have long advocated for "economic freedom" and a smaller government. They have slammed "collectivism" and market distorting subsidies.
ALEC allies promote economist-for-hire while blasting respected in-state academics.
In the multi-pronged corporate attack on working people, two public relations and lobbying campaigns have appeared, taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board.