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Public Service Recognition Week - Fact #2


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, 11:26 AM PERMALINK


Coinciding with national Public Service Recognition Week, the Alliance for Worker Freedom will send out a press release everyday highlighting some of the problems associated with America’s public sector workers.

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While America’s public sector workers play an important role in the maintenance of the United States government and its agencies, the number of public sector workers and their responsibilities has so greatly expanded that it has begun to distort commerce and unnecessarily burden taxpayers. With the scope of government ever-growing, private companies are finding themselves hamstrung by government regulation or in direct competition with public workers or government backed companies.

Everyday this week the Alliance for Worker Freedom will release statistics that highlight many of the problems that accompany America’s public sector workers:

While 40% of federal workers say their employer is hiring, only 28% of non-government workers say their company is adding jobs.

The Alliance for Worker Freedom recognizes the necessity of public workers but suggests that America would be better served if many of the current functions undertaken by public sector workers were competed for by private businesses.

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Public Service Recognition Week - Fact #1


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Monday, May 3rd, 2010, 10:59 AM PERMALINK


Coinciding with national Public Service Recognition Week, the Alliance for Worker Freedom will send out a press release everyday highlighting some of the problems associated with America’s public sector workers.

[PDF Document]

While America’s public sector workers play an important role in the maintenance of the United States government and its agencies, the number of public sector workers and their responsibilities has so greatly expanded that it has begun to distort commerce and unnecessarily burden taxpayers. With the scope of government ever-growing, private companies are finding themselves hamstrung by government regulation or in direct competition with public workers or government backed companies.

Everyday this week the Alliance for Worker Freedom will release statistics that highlight many of the problems that accompany America’s public sector workers:

Federal employees on average earn $11,091 more than their private sector counterparts, a discrepancy every American pays for.

The Alliance for Worker Freedom recognizes the necessity of public workers but suggests that America would be better served if many of the current functions undertaken by public sector workers were completed by private businesses.

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New Jersey Would Gain $2 Billion From Offshore Drilling


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Friday, April 30th, 2010, 9:30 AM PERMALINK


With New Jersey facing a predicted $11 billion shortfall and 9.8 percent unemployment, Americans for Tax Reform continues to urge President Obama, Congress, and state elected officials to look toward energy exploration and production to create jobs, decrease the cost of energy and increase our domestic supply. 

  • Allowing for full development of New Jersey’s offshore resources would bring necessary commerce to New Jersey, increasing its economic output (GSP) by $2 billion annually. 
  • While the private sector continues to shed jobs, offshore drilling would bring 5,098 long-term, well paying jobs to the state of New Jersey over the next seven years – every job associated with offshore drilling earns above average wages, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Investment in oil exploration would bring in $217 million in additional tax revenue annually, without raising taxes, and could be used to pay down New Jersey’s $11 billion deficit. 

The current plan proposed by President Obama restricts or prohibits states from complete oil exploration, substantially reducing the economic gains readily available to struggling states.

 “All of the benefits associated with offshore drilling, increased economic output, well-paying jobs, new tax revenue, remain locked up in America’s oil reserves. Although a majority of Americans support offshore development, the Obama administration has put forth a plan that inhibits New Jersey’s economic recovery and ability to grow over the coming years,” said Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform.

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AFL-CIO Throwing in Towel on Card Check


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 5:07 PM PERMALINK


From Chamber Post

Today the AFL-CIO removed the large banner supporting EFCA which had covered the corner of the building facing the White House for the past year or so. Let's just take in the moment:

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A second banner just around the corner was taken down as well.  But now the bad news. BNA reports today that the AFL-CIO is "not backing away" from EFCA. So removing the issue from public view might not indicate surrender, but merely that a decision has been made by the AFL-CIO to bypass a public debate on card check in Congress to try and slip it through the back door.

For today though, let's stay positive.

For more on card check and the Employer Free Choice Act click here

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Maine Would Gain $522 Million From Offshore Drilling


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Friday, April 23rd, 2010, 9:21 AM PERMALINK


With Maine facing a predicted $849 million shortfall and 8.3 percent unemployment, Americans for Tax Reform continues to urge President Obama, Congress, and state elected officials to look toward energy exploration and production to create jobs, decrease the cost of energy and increase our domestic supply. 

  • Allowing for full development of Maine’s offshore resources would bring necessary commerce to Maine, increasing its economic output (GSP) by $522 million annually. 
  • While the private sector continues to shed jobs, offshore drilling would bring 2,467 long-term, well paying jobs to the state of Maine over the next seven years – every job associated with offshore drilling earns above average wages, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Investment in oil exploration would bring in $66 million in additional tax revenue annually, without raising taxes, and could be used to pay down Maine’s $849 million deficit
The current plan proposed by President Obama restricts or prohibits states from complete oil exploration, substantially reducing the economic gains readily available to struggling states.
 
“All of the benefits associated with offshore drilling, increased economic output, well-paying jobs, new tax revenue, remain locked up in America’s oil reserves. Although a majority of Americans support offshore development, the Obama administration has put forth a plan that inhibits Maine’s economic recovery and ability to grow over the coming years,” said Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform.


Data taken from The Economic Contribution of Increased Offshore Oil Exploration and Production to Regional and National Economies. Joseph R. Mason. American Energy Alliance. February 2009.

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Happy Earth Day, A Look at Obama's Failed Anti-Growth Energy Policies


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 9:28 AM PERMALINK


This Earth Day, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) takes a look at what this Administration has done for the earth – called for higher taxes, supported job killing legislation, and attempted to increase the cost every American family pays for energy. 

The President’s own budget calls for direct increases in energy taxes of over $220,000,000,000 by 2020, and there’s more: 
  • The Administration supports cap-and-trade
    • A family of four can expect its per-year energy costs to rise by $1,241
    • Including taxes, a family of four will pay an additional $4,609 per year
    • Net job losses approach 1.9 million in 2012 and could approach 2.5 million by 2035
    • Gasoline prices will rise by 58 percent ($1.38 more per gallon) and average household electric rates will increase by 90 percent 
  • Backs the Environmental Protection Agency’s Endangerment Finding
    • Findings concluded that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
  • Supports Senator’s Kerry (D-Mass), Graham (R-S.C.), and Lieberman’s (D-Conn.) Energy Bill:
    • Gasoline prices rising an average of 27 cents a gallon from 2013 to 2020
    • Sets emissions reduction targets of 17 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 
“Rather than continue to harm our economy and support tax increases, this Administration should seek to expand American production of energy, in all forms, to create jobs and increase economic productivity,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.
 
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Florida Would Gain $2.52 billion From Offshore Drilling


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Monday, April 19th, 2010, 1:40 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. –With Florida facing a predicted $6.0 billion shortfall and 12.2 percent unemployment, Americans for Tax Reform continues to urge President Obama, Congress, and state elected officials to look toward energy exploration and production to create jobs, decrease the cost of energy and increase our domestic supply.

  • Allowing for full development of Florida’s offshore resources would bring necessary commerce to Florida, increasing its economic output (GSP) by 2.52 billion annually. 
  • While the private sector continues to shed jobs, offshore drilling would bring 20,454 long-term, well paying jobs to the state of Florida over the next seven years – every job associated with offshore drilling earns above average wages, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Investment in oil exploration would bring in $242 million in additional tax revenue annually, without raising taxes, and could be used to pay down Florida’s $6.0 billion deficit.

The current plan proposed by President Obama restricts or prohibits states from complete oil exploration, substantially reducing the economic gains readily available to struggling states.

“All of the benefits associated with offshore drilling, increased economic output, well-paying jobs, new tax revenue, remain locked up in America’s oil reserves. Although a majority of Americans support offshore development, the Obama administration has put forth a plan that inhibits Florida’s economic recovery and ability to grow over the coming years,” said Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform.

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Connecticut Would Gain $213 million From Offshore Drilling


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 10:01 AM PERMALINK


With Connecticut facing a predicted $4.7 billion shortfall and 9.1 percent unemployment, Americans for Tax Reform continues to urge President Obama, Congress, and state elected officials to look toward energy exploration and production to create jobs, decrease the cost of energy and increase our domestic supply.

  • Allowing for full development of Connecticut’s offshore resources would bring necessary commerce to Connecticut, increasing its economic output (GSP) by $213 million annually. 
  • While the private sector continues to shed jobs, offshore drilling would bring 812 long-term, well paying jobs to the state of Connecticut over the next seven years – every job associated with offshore drilling earns above average wages, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Investment in oil exploration would bring in $21 million in additional tax revenue annually, without raising taxes, and could be used to pay down Connecticut’s $4.7 billion deficit.

The current plan proposed by President Obama restricts or prohibits states from complete oil exploration, substantially reducing the economic gains readily available to struggling states.

“All of the benefits associated with offshore drilling, increased economic output, well-paying jobs, new tax revenue, remain locked up in America’s oil reserves. Although a majority of Americans support offshore development, the Obama administration has put forth a plan that inhibits Connecticut’s economic recovery and ability to grow over the coming years,” said Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform.

Click here for the PDF version  of this release and click here for the source.

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ATR Asks Obama to Clarify Administration's Position on a VAT Tax


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 4:12 PM PERMALINK


Given the enormous deficit facing America and the Administration’s calls for additional revenue, Grover Norquist sent the following letter to President Obama asking him to clarify his position on the VAT tax.  

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Dear President Obama:

During your campaign for President and up until the present day, you have consistently reiterated a promise to the American people: you will not raise “any form” of taxes on families and small businesses making less than $250,000 per year.

You broke this promise by signing your healthcare reform legislation.  Seven of the nineteen new taxes or tax hikes in that law fall directly on working families.  The rest will be passed along to middle-income households in the form of higher prices and lower wages.

Now, it seems that administration surrogates have been laying the groundwork for a European-style value-added tax (VAT).  Just this month, your tax commission chairman, Paul Volcker, said that the VAT is “not as toxic an idea” as it has been in the past.  Deficit reduction commission member Alice Rivlin (a longtime VAT sympathizer) said, “we have to take action on the revenue side as well.”

Since a VAT is a type of sales tax, it would clearly be imposed on all Americans—not just those making more than $250,000. 

You need to make it clear to taxpayers if you believe in your promise not to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000.  You clearly didn’t follow through with this promise when it came to healthcare reform.  Will you again break it by imposing a VAT, or will you rule out a VAT as inconsistent with your campaign pledge?

Sincerely,
Grover Norquist

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SEIU President Andy Stern Set to Retire


Posted by Chris Prandoni on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, 5:23 PM PERMALINK


Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andrew Stern, labor’s most outspoken leader, will retire, according to an SEIU local president based in Seattle, Diane Sosne. During Andy Stern’s tenure as president, SEIU rose to prominence disaffiliating with AFL-CIO in 2005 and going on to collectively bargain for 2.2 million workers.

In a press release issued by AWF (PDF Document), they stated:

“This year, more than any in recent history, Andy Stern has been the voice of Big Labor – a voice that pushed for less worker freedom and more union control while skirting the law. Stern continued to lobby year after year, even after he terminated his registered status as a lobbyist, possibly violating federal law. I guess now we will never know exactly what happened behind the scenes of Stern’s labor empire,” said Brian Johnson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom.

The past twelve months have been tumultuous for the SEIU and Andy Stern. Currently under investigation by the US State Attorney for potentially violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act, Stern has been the subject of criticism by transparency advocates. In California, SEIU was accused of changing ballots and threatening to report a worker to immigration officials.

“Stern did whatever it took to build his empire. Aggressively pursuing organized labor’s agenda, he often used precarious tactics and utilized contentious relationships, like ACORN, to get what he wanted,” Johnson added. “Stern defined the modern labor movement. It will be interesting to see who picks up the reins and what Stern does to occupy his time. Regardless, I am certain Washington has not seen the last of Andrew Stern.”

Anna Burger, SEIU secretary-treasurer, second-highest executive and head of Change to Win will be challenged by an executive vice president, Mary Kay Henry.

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