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Wisconsin Assembly. Rep. Robin Vos  is co-chair of the Wisconsin budget-writing Joint Finance Committee with Senator Alberta Darling. Coincidentally, Rep. Robin J. Vos is also the Wisconsin State Chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC's published pdf, called, "State Budget Repair Reform Toolkit," seems to be the playbook for the Republican's Governor's legislation to dismantle the middle class. Here is the link to the toolkit.

Many of the tools/topics listed in the, "State Budget Repair Reform Toolkit," match the items found on Gov. Walker's Budget Reform Bill.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was established in 1973 by Henry Hyde,(no federal funds for abortions) Lou Barnett and Paul M. Weyrich. ALEC is considered a semi-secretive, influential organization under the radar screen. Their link is,

Paul Weyrich is also a founding member of the Heritage Foundation and best known for the Goo Goo syndrome speech. Watch him tell his Republican audience how he doesn't want everyone to vote, "our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

Updated information provided by: skohayes
A. Adopt a State Hiring Freeze
B. Reform State Pensions
C. Restructure State Retiree Health Care Plans
D. Eliminate Positions Vacant More Than Six Months
E. Delay Automatic Pay Increases
F. Adopt Activity-Based Costing
G. Adopt a Sunset Review Process for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
H. Allow the State Auditor to Conduct Performance Audits
I.  Establish a System of Independent Recovery Audits for Improper Payments of Taxpayer Funds
J. Embrace the Expanded Use of Privatization and Competitive Contracting
K. Establish a State Privatization and Efficiency Council
L. Create a Statewide Real Property Inventory and Search the
Balance Sheet for Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities
Sounds very familiar to programs initiated by our three favorite governors.

Our national treasure Ben Masel added that even more significant is the Assembly's Majority leader, Scott Suder, who at various times has served as Chair of ALEC's Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Subcommittees.

Time to add Wisconsin Representatives Robin Vos and Scott Suder to the recall list.

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    •  Listed Alec State Chairmen in comment previously.. (4+ / 0-)

      In a Chris Bowers diary.  I list this info again because I feel this needs to be wide-spread.  

      ALEC State Chairmen
      Alabama  *      Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin
      Alaska    *      Rep. Wes Keller
      Arizona    *      Rep. Debbie Lesko
      Arkansas    *      Rep. Linda Collins-Smith
          *      Sen. Michael Lamoureux
      California    *      Sen. Joel C. Anderson
      Colorado    *      Sen. Bill L. Cadman
          *      Rep. B.J. Nikkel
      Connecticut   *      Rep. DebraLee Hovey
          *      Sen. Kevin D. Witkos
      Delaware   *      Rep. Daniel B. Short
      Florida    *      Rep. Jimmy T. Patronis, Jr.
      Georgia    *      Rep. Calvin Hill, Jr.
          *      Sen. Chip Rogers
      Hawaii    *      Rep. Gene Ward
      Idaho    *      Sen. Patti Anne Lodge
      Illinois    *      Sen. Kirk W. Dillard  
        *      Rep. RenĂ©e Kosel
      Indiana    *      Sen. Jim Buck
          *      Rep. David A. Wolkins
      Iowa    *      Rep. Linda J. Miller
      Kansas    *      Sen. Ray Merrick
      Kentucky    *      Sen. Tom Buford
          *      Rep. Mike Harmon
      Louisiana   *      Rep. George G. Cromer
      Maine    *      Sen. Richard W. Rosen
      Maryland    *      Del. Michael Hough
          *      Sen. Christopher Shank
      Massachusetts   *      Vacant
      Michigan    *      Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker
      Minnesota    *      Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer
      Mississippi    *      Rep. Jim Ellington
      Missouri    *      Rep. Timothy W. Jones
          *      Rep. Jason T. Smith
          *      Rep. Jim C. Ellington
      Montana    *      Rep. Gary MacLaren
          *      Rep. Scott M. Reichner
      Nebraska    *      Sen. Barbara Cegavske
          *      Sen. Dennis Nolan
      Nevada    *      Sen. Joseph P. Hardy
          *      Sen. Ben Keickhefer
      New Hampshire    *      Rep. Gary L. Daniels
          *      Rep. Jordan G. Ulery
      New Jersey    *      Sen. Steve Oroho
          *      Hon. Jay Webber
      New Mexico    *      Rep. Paul C. Bandy
          *      Sen. Kent L. Cravens
      New York    *      Sen. Owen Johnson
      North Carolina    *      Rep. Fred F. Steen
      North Dakota   *      Rep. Alan H. Carlson
          *      Rep. Blair B. Thoreson
      Ohio   *      Rep. John P. Adams
      Oklahoma    *      Rep. Gary W. Banz
          *      Sen. John W. Ford
      Oregon   *      Rep. C. Gene Whisnant
      Pennsylvania    *      Rep. John R. Evans
      Rhode Island    *      Sen. Francis T. Maher, Jr.
          *      Sen. Leo Blais
      South Carolina    *      Rep. Liston Barfield
          *      Sen. Raymond E. Cleary III
      South Dakota    *      Sen. Deb Peters
          *      Rep. Valentine B. Rausch
      Tennessee    *      Rep. Curry Todd
      Texas    *      Rep. Charlie Howard
          *      Rep. Jim Jackson
          *      Sen. Kel Seliger
      Utah    *      Sen. Curtis S. Bramble
          *      Sen. Wayne L. Niederhauser
      Vermont    *      Sen. Kevin J. Mullin
      Virginia    *      Del. John A. Cosgrove, Jr.
          *      Sen. Stephen H. Martin
      Washington    *      Rep. Jan Angel
          *      Sen. Don Bnton
      West Virginia    *      Del. Eric L. Householder
      Wisconsin    *      Rep. Robin J. Vos
      Wyoming    *      Rep. Peter S. Illoway       

      Link: ALEC State Chairmen

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      by greenchiledem on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 02:34:20 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you -- shine a light on ALEC! (10+ / 0-)

    Here's more ALEC specific to health care in Wisconsin.

    Spreading the word!  

    And now I'm off to do some data entry for the senatorial recalls.  :-)

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 07:37:34 AM PDT

  •  FOIA gov emails to ALEC (7+ / 0-)

    I read on another blog that members of ALEC have to use an email acct to login into ALEC and that someone tried to use WI assembly pres Fitzgerlalds .gov email to get in and was nearly successful. FOIA all these rightwingers communications with ALEC using their government email accts just like they are doing to the UW professor.

    (change you can believe in) + (two years) = change but...

    by TMP on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 08:30:15 AM PDT

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