When ALEC takes over your town | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When ALEC takes over your town

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 6:18 AM

Work by acolytes of the American Legislative Exchange Council — the Koch-funded lobby for corporatism — is instructive wherever it occurs because ALEC foot soldiers are prominent in the extremist Arkansas Republican legislative contingent hoping to take control of the legislature.

ALEC-written bills are already a fact of Arkansas life. ALEC staff has even been brought to testify for Arkansas legislators' efforts.

So check out Joe Nocera on what happens when an ALECite takes his strangle-government theology to the city level in Rhode Island. Falsely using public employees as a cover, he can wrest control of a near-bankrupt city from elected officials and punish not only public workers but the public with a loss of important services.

There is no free lunch. Slash taxes and services — schools, colleges, prisons, nursing homes — follow.

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