While the left attempts to tear down the American Legislative Exchange Council, Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer stands up for the principles of this conservative group. I’m proud to be a friend and colleague of Linda and look forward to seeing her continue pushing for free market principles and accountable government. Here are her remarks after attending the annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
By Linda Upmeyer
At a time when our nation needs to be focused on job creation and a more effective and efficient government, I am thankful there is a place where state legislators are already hard at work. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, brings legislators together to share and develop policies that focus on three priorities:
- Promoting legislation that creates a more transparent, accountable government.
- Supporting policies that place a priority on free enterprise and consumer choice.
- Advancing tax policies that are fair and simple and spur competitiveness.
It would seem reasonable that our government should focus on these priorities during these troubled economic times. It is certainly reasonable that we demand our government to be more accountable. It is reasonable that we work to eliminate job-killing red tape and focus more on helping small businesses grow.