Muni Broadband Should Be ‘Last-Ditch Effort,’ State Republican Group Says

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Friends and foes of municipal broadband networks clashed Wednesday over who should be pre-empted—state or local governments—after a conservative state leadership group released a paper Wednesday saying municipal networks should be deployed only as a last resort. The paper, commissioned by the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) and written by Phoenix Center Chief Economist George Ford, supported state laws restricting …

Study: Chattanooga broadband hurts taxpayers, local economies in other Tennessee cities

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f a business relocates to Chattanooga because of its municipal broadband, another city is hurt. People paid federal taxes to help set up Chattanooga’s municipal broadband, and residents in the losing city suffer the consequences, according to a study released Wednesday by Washington, D.C.-based State Government Leadership Foundation. As reported, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board accepted $111 million in federal stimulus …

SGLF Study: Government Owned Broadband Networks Should Be “Last Resort”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) found that government-owned broadband networks should be a “last resort” for municipalities looking to expand Internet access. The report is timely because, all over the country, state laws that limit government ownership of broadband, due to their negative impact on consumer tax bills, competition among broadband providers …

Municipally-owned broadband networks should be a last resort, state leadership group says

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A new report from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) has taken aim at the municipal broadband movement, suggesting that networks should be the “last resort” a municipality should consider in expanding Internet access. “The debate over municipal broadband networks is heated, and a central question in the argument is how these government interventions into the business of building digital …

SGLF Launches Six-Figure Issue Ad Campaign on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) launched a six-figure, multi-platform issue ad campaign in Pennsylvania during Governor Tom Wolf’s budget crisis informing residents of the threats presented to middle class families in his proposed budget. The ad campaign, which includes digital and mail, also informs citizens of the common-sense solutions offered in the Republicans’ budget.   “Governor …

SGLF Launches Ad Buy on Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Record in Ohio

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Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) launched a digital ad buy highlighting Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s unwavering support for small business and free enterprise. The five-figure ad buy will run for two weeks throughout the state, beginning this afternoon. “As secretary of state, Jon Husted has worked tirelessly to cut through the red tape and regulations that once …

SGLF Launches Ad Buy On Billy Nungesser’s Record of Public Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) launched a multi-platform ad buy highlighting Billy Nungesser’s outstanding record as a public servant in Louisiana. The radio and digital ads are set to run for the next six days in Louisiana and seek to remind citizens of Nungesser’s history as an unyielding advocate for Louisiana families. “Billy Nungesser had a …

SGLF Launches Ad Buy Highlighting Commissioner Jim Donelon’s Record for Louisiana

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Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) introduced a five-figure digital ad buy that highlights Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s history of fighting for Louisiana residents’ insurance needs. The digital ads will run for 10 days in the state and are designed to remind citizens of Donelan’s record of lowering insurance rates and increasing taxpayer protection in the years since …

SGLF Launches Ad Buy on Speaker Madigan’s Inexcusable Debt

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) launched a digital ad buy asking Illinoisans to stand up to Michael Madigan and the massive debt each citizen has incurred since he became Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1983. Since then, Illinois’ total debt levels have risen to more than $321 billion, or $24,959 per person …

Tom Kacich: UI credit union not part of Frerichs program

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A press release last week about a partnership between state Treasurer Mike Frerichs and the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union was in error, said Greg Anderson of the Champaign-based credit union. It is not participating in an interest-free loan program for state workers — at least for now — although a release from the treasurer’s office left that impression. …