NC is ALEC laboratory

The Guardian is out with part two of their series on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate-funded ultra-conservative group that has pushed "model legislation" in state houses around the country.

This installment of their series looks at ALEC's agenda for the next few months. Hmm.... does this look familiar?

Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers' compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as "free-market thinktanks", includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campaigns to reduce the wages of government workers and eliminate income taxes, school voucher schemes to counter public education, opposition to Medicaid, and a campaign against regional efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

The policy goals are contained in a set of funding proposals obtained by the Guardian. The proposals were co-ordinated by the State Policy Network, an alliance of groups that act as incubators of conservative strategy at state level.

How do you feel about your state legislators, who have aligned themselves with ALEC, using your state - your tax dollars, your schools, your healthcare system, your environment - as a big experiment to try out these extremist ideas?

And how do you feel about the fact that ALEC is a 401C educational organization?

In partnership with the Texas Observer and the Portland Press Herald in Maine, the Guardian is publishing SPN's summary of all the proposals to give readers and news outlets full and fair access to state-by-state conservative plans that could have significant impact throughout the US, and to allow the public to reach its own conclusions about whether these activities comply with the spirit of non-profit tax-exempt charities.