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ALEC Releases Report Card Marking VA's Success Instituting Anti-Middle Class Policies
Meanwhile, corporations flee organization designed to increase their bottom lines
Richmond, VA--Under fire for pushing national campaigns make it harder for millions of Americans to vote and institute "Kill at Will" laws like the one at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting, multiple corporations have fled the American Legislative Exchange Council. Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Wendy's, McDonald's, Intuit, Kraft Foods and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation determined membership in the corporate front group and bill factory was no longer good for their bottom lines. That exodus did not stop Speaker William Howell, a member of ALEC's Board of Directors, from joining the organization this morning to tout a report marking Virginia's progress in instituting pro-corporate economic policies.
"It's not surprising that a corporate front group that has carelessly pushed legislation to make it harder for millions of Virginians to vote and establish "Kill at Will" laws across the country would completely disregard policies to secure the middle class," said Anna Scholl, Executive Director of ProgressVA. "These rankings are nothing more than a report card for ALEC's anti-middle class agenda. Now even corporate members are backing away from ALEC's agenda of low minimum wages, fewer high paying jobs and millionaires not paying their fair share. Its too bad Speaker Howell won't do the same."
Contrary to the criteria assembled for ALEC by infamous trickle-down economist Arthur Laffer, economists have noted that state policies like a fair minimum wage, progressive tax systems, and the right of private businesses to enter into a contract with their employees do not hinder, but rather help state economies become more prosperous for all.
ALEC's "Rich States, Poor States" report is riddled with inconsistencies and methodological errors. For example:
A January report by ProgressVA revealed that over 50 bills drawn from ALEC sources have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia taxpayers have spent over $230,000 to subsidize legislators' participation. Last week, ProgressVA called on Virginia ALEC members to join major corporations in quitting the organization. Virginia legislative ALEC members include:
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ProgressVA is a progressive, multi-issue advocacy organization that seeks to engage citizens from across the Commonwealth around issues of immediate state or local concern. www.ProgressVA.org