ALEC in NC

Treasurer Dale Folwell giddy over ALEC endorsement

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Birds of a feather screw over state employees together:

A recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) report named North Carolina’s retirement plans among the top four state-administered public pension plans for the year in terms of transparency. ALEC recognized the state, along with Kentucky, Nebraska and Montana, for transparency in the administration and reporting on the ongoing status of the North Carolina Total Retirement Plans. The report, Unaffordable and Unaccountable 2017, highlights the importance of transparency in public pension plans, noting that transparency in financial reporting enables the public to access the information needed to make informed decisions.

Of the report State Treasurer Dale Folwell said, “I’m proud of the work our team is doing to ensure the health and integrity of the funds we’re responsible for managing. Part of that good work is being open and transparent about what we’re doing to keep the pension promise made by our state to the public servants in North Carolina.”

Bolding mine, because that's all you really need to know about ALEC's motivations when it comes to public pensions. Their overriding goal in this area is to make a massive shift in the way state employee retirement plans are funded, and that shift (of course) means forcing those employees to pay for their own pensions like private-sector workers do in most cases:

NC taxpayers footing the bill for trips to ALEC conference

A variation on, "Go out and break me off a switch from that tree so I can beat you with it."

Five Republican leaders plan to seek reimbursements for attending the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, conference last week.

The authorization allows them to receive $104 per day for travel expenses as well as reimbursement for registration fees, which cost up to $750 for legislators at the ALEC event. It is considered professional development.

If you consider abdicating your responsibility to write your own bills, and substituting industry-crafted nonsense in their place "professional development," just how low would they have to go to be considered unethical? Steal candy from a baby, rob a Salvation Army donation can, and then run over a nun in a crosswalk while making their getaway?

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At least once a week, I find myself talking to someone who has absolutely no awareness of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at all. Each occurrence of this phenomenon brings about the same feeling of utter disbelief in me. Slowly, I’ve realized that while I have a keen awareness of the influence ALEC has within the halls of NC Government, many, many people simply do not. In truth, although few of our Legislators publicly associate themselves with ALEC, if you name a regressive bill this NCGA has passed since 2010, there’s a high likelihood it came from ALEC.

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