State conservative groups plan public sector assault - 2013-12-06
The conservative strategy, organized and coordinated by the State Policy Network in Arlington, Va., includes proposals to cut public sector pensions, lower government-worker wages, eliminate income taxes, oppose Medicaid expansion and combat regional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, the documents outlining 40 funding proposals in 34 states show.
The State Policy Network is an alliance of "free-market think tanks" in all 50 states that develops and coordinates strategies "to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels," its website says.
It has an $83 million budget drawn largely from individual and corporate donors and foundations, the Guardian said Friday.
Those donors include billionaire industrialist brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, tobacco giant Philip Morris USA, grocery processing conglomerate Kraft Foods Group Inc., multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the Searle Freedom Trust, which supports "a more just, free and prosperous society."