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ATR Supports Transparent Airfares Act (and more...)

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Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014, 2:08 PM PERMALINK


The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch ran a piece by Quentin Fottrell delving into the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014.

Americans for Tax Reform, a non-profit organization founded by Grover Norquist, a conservative tax activist, supports the bill and argues that all-inclusive advertised prices hide government taxes and fees, and says the bill will inform fliers of the “true cost” of air travel. Airlines for America, an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, welcomed the passage of the act. The vote is “welcome news for airline customers who deserve to know how much of their advertised ticket price is due to rapidly increasing federal taxes,” Airlines for America president and CEO Nicholas Calio said in a statement. Commercial aviation and its customers pay up to 17 different aviation taxes and fees, totaling more than $19 billion last year, he added.

Casey Given, with City A.M. wrote an article exploring the evolving results of the Kansas tax cuts.

Brownback loyalists point the finger at the federal government, which raised the capital gains tax in 2013. As Will Upton of Americans for Tax Reform points out, the Congressional Budget Office itself hypothesized that “higher-income taxpayers, anticipating changes in tax law, realized more income in 2012,” leaving states like Kansas with inaccurate revenue projections for forthcoming years.

In an editorial, Investor’s Business Daily  commented on the most recent scandal from disgraced former IRS employee Lois Lerner.

The latest batch of emails released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee contained more than a “smidgeon” of hatred and intolerance from the IRS chief of tax-exempt organizations already famous for singling out conservative Tea Party groups for enforcement scrutiny.

“Lois Lerner’s exposed emails show the world she was and is a political hack driven by her own partisan agenda rather than a neutral public servant,” said Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

In light of these emails, it’s impossible that any taxpayer can trust our government’s claims that it’s merely impartially enforcing the law. Not only is it not enforcing the law, it’s also breaking it.     

An editorial published by the Washington Free Beacon highlighting falsehoods in environmental activist Tom Steyer’s new attack ad.

“Tom Steyer needs to find honest and original consultants,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The plagiarized attack ads he’s running have already been proven false by several fact checkers four years ago, in 2010. Rather than attacking Joni Ernst, he should be praising her for her principled stand against higher taxes. Taxpayers in Iowa are looking for someone to stand up to the special interests in Washington and she is exactly the candidate to do that. Steyer deserves a refund from those who cheated him.”

Zack Colman of the Washington Examiner also wrote an article covering the inaccurate ad.

Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told the Washington Examiner that the push “proves Bruce Braley and his allies are desperate.”

“Unlike Bruce Braley who flip flops to suck up to billionaire environmental extremists, Joni is an independent leader who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes, even when people don’t agree with her,” she said. 

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