With hyper-partisanship continuing to rule Washington, D.C., the Attorneys General can serve as an example for other elected officials.
What happens if an industry doesn’t have a state trade association, or doesn’t have the resources to have a presence in every state?
Governor Rick Perry’s recent announcement that he will not seek a 4th full term in 2014 was a recent reminder that relationships are important in our business. The sharp reminder is that no one stays in office forever.
Two unsolicited comments on successive days in two different states highlighted a sometimes overlooked, but very important, component of a successful state government relations program: a network of strong state trade associations. A good state trade association is one of the most valuable allies any state government relations program can have in a state.
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Montana state law that banned corporate political expenditures. In a 5-4 decision, the court reaffirmed its Citizens United decision in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. Rather than hearing the case, though, the majority simply reversed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that had held the state law constitutional.
Attorneys General and their staff from many southern states gathered in Tampa, Florida January 26 and 27 to learn about all aspects of disaster preparedness. From enforcing price gouging statutes to managing their offices more effectively in a disaster, the conference provided an opportunity to share best practices and provide guidance to the private sector. While there were some excellent presentations about what Attorneys General offices can do to better prepare for disasters and how best to respond, I want to focus on the messages most relevant to the private sector.
While the Republican presidential debates have been the focus of the national media in recent weeks, there are state elections this fall that may provide some early indications about what may happen at the ballot box next year.
The recent high profile fight over collective bargaining rights, pay and benefits for public employees in Wisconsin is interesting to those who follow politics and government funding issues, but why should corporate executives be concerned about that fight? The obvious answer is that if public employee pay and benefits are increased, taxes will have to go up to pay for that compensation.
While much of the national press has been debating whether or not Republicans will take control of the U.S. House and possibly the Senate, much less press attention has been paid to the potential for a wave at the state legislative level. Part of the reason is likely that there is simply less polling data available on individual races, so it is harder to make specific predictions. But rest assured, the national parties are very interested in these races because they will impact control of the U.S. House for the next decade because of reapportionment and redistricting.