Archives: Jon Russell / Articles

Archives: Jon Russell / Articles

  • ACCE Reports: CA Local Governments Begin All Out Rebellion on Governor image

    ACCE Reports: CA Local Governments Begin All Out Rebellion on Governor

    Last year, the state assembly passed a bill preempting local law-enforcement officials from informing federal authorities when an illegal alien who has committed a crime is being released from custody.

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    Individual Liberty Over Localism

    As a town councilman in conservative central Virginia, I have to say my colleagues are nice people, but I don’t trust them to create new regulations and new taxes. As …

  • VIDEO: Change in Communities image

    VIDEO: Change in Communities

    Members of the American City County Exchange (ACCE) explain the importance of local governance.

  • The White House is Restoring Freedom to Local Governments image

    The White House is Restoring Freedom to Local Governments

    In the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, he has made a great impact on being able to speed up infrastructure projects through executive order. In some cases, projects …

  • Questioning the Federal Government and Sanctuary Cities image

    Questioning the Federal Government and Sanctuary Cities

    It should be questioned whether or not the federal government should have any direct financial or regulatory ties with local governments.

  • 6th Circuit Shuts the Door on Local Right to Work Opponents image

    6th Circuit Shuts the Door on Local Right to Work Opponents

    On Monday, the 6th Circuit denied the Motion for Rehearing and Motion for En Banc Hearing and today denied the motion to vacate based on Kentucky' recently passed Right to Work Law.

  • Sanctuary State to Preempt Local Governments image

    Sanctuary State to Preempt Local Governments

    The State of California is moving forward a bill to preempt local governments, force them to break federal law and bust their budgets in the process.

  • We Expressed Our Concerns and President Trump Listened image

    We Expressed Our Concerns and President Trump Listened

    In December, the American City County Exchange sent a letter to then President-Elect Trump outlining a number of regulatory reforms that were hurting local government infrastructure projects. Many of these projects are considered high priority projects which are collaborations between federal, state and local governments.

  • One City Takes a Stand Against Wasteful Spending image

    One City Takes a Stand Against Wasteful Spending

    In an era where most local governments don't give a second thought to giving away taxpayer money for events, stadiums and festivals, one city gave a resounding "NO" to fully funding a local festival.

  • Arrested for Rock n Roll? image

    Arrested for Rock n Roll?

    The resolution will propose buskers stay in a central area close to a marking, but not in a box.

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    Eliminating Personal Property Taxes

    When local government taxes personal property [for example: new/used cars, trailers, equipment, trucks, etc.] individuals or businesses never truly “own” outright the personal property they purchased. That is because the …

  • Will Flint officials adopt a competitive bidding process to fix their pipes? image

    Will Flint officials adopt a competitive bidding process to fix their pipes?

    Federal disaster relief for Flint Michigan’s water contamination could exceed one billion tax dollars before all is said and done. As that money is being dispersed to solve Flint’s water contamination, what steps are being taken to ensure this money is being used wisely? How are the taxpayers going to be reassured that this money is not going into the pockets of pet projects and crony capitalists?

  • KY Judge Rules Against 10th Amendment and Local Right Work image

    KY Judge Rules Against 10th Amendment and Local Right Work

    If local governments have been granted the power to pass local right-to-work by their respective states, the federal government has no say how those powers are delegated.

  • Video: Friedrichs Supporters Stand for Free Speech image

    Video: Friedrichs Supporters Stand for Free Speech

    On Monday morning, ALEC staff gathered with teachers, parents, legislators and grassroots leaders on the steps of the Supreme Court to support Rebecca Friedrichs, a California teacher who is fighting …

  • Big Government Can Now Choose Your Neighbors and Property Value image

    Big Government Can Now Choose Your Neighbors and Property Value

    The Omnibus budget bill contains a laundry list of items being funded, which continue the failed big government policies of the federal government. One of the most egregious items is …

  • Missouri Judge Upholds State Minimum Wage Law image

    Missouri Judge Upholds State Minimum Wage Law

    Good news for small business owners and their employees in St. Louis. Judge Steven Ohmer of the 22nd Circuit  overturned an attempt by the city of St. Louis to mandate …

  • High Court Sides with State on Preemption image

    High Court Sides with State on Preemption

    Further underscoring the fact that local governments are political subdivisions whose powers derive from the state, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that local governments cannot ban fracking of any type. The court found that while both cities Ft. Collins and Longmont are Home Rule cities, Home Rule does not give them the right to act as independent agents of the state law.