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Update: MS-01 Special Election Update

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 5:33 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform recently released an updated list of U.S. congressional candidates in Mississippi's first district who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to "oppose and vote against higher taxes." The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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ATR to Louisiana Lawmakers: Repeal the Inventory Tax

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Patrick Gleason on Monday, April 20th, 2015, 3:08 PM PERMALINK


The Louisiana legislature convened its 2015 session last week. Balancing the state’s budget, which faces a projected $1.6 billion deficit, is the top item on the docket this session. Aside from balancing the budget without raising taxes, Louisiana lawmakers could make their state more economically competitive this year by repealing local inventory taxes, which put the state at a tremendous disadvantage.

Recognizing this, Americans for Tax Reform sent the following letter to members of the Louisiana Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee encouraging them to repeal the highly debilitating local inventory tax:

April 17, 2015

To: Members of the Louisiana Legislature

From: Americans for Tax Reform

Dear Members of the Louisiana Legislature,

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and our supporters across Louisiana, I encourage you to keep taxpayers in mind as you work to balance the budget during the 2015 session. Aside from balancing the budget without raising taxes, one of the best things you can do for the state economy during the 2015 session is repeal the local inventory tax, which is one of the most distortive and anti-growth taxes a government can have on the books.

Inventory taxes are one of the most unsound and economically-damaging forms of taxation, which is why just over a dozen states have them and many states have repealed them in recent years. Rather than focus on maximizing commerce, inventory taxes force employers to instead make decisions based on minimizing their tax burden. Inventory taxes put some businesses at a disadvantage relative to others. They are particularly harmful to large retailers and any other Louisiana businesses that store large quantities of merchandise. Because of the inventory tax, businesses have a great incentive to shift inventory to shipping and storage facilities in other states.

As you know, to make up for the damage done by the local inventory tax, the state provides a state tax credit to businesses that pay it. Rather than have the state try to make up for bad tax policy at the local level, Louisiana legislators would better serve the state by repealing local inventory taxing authority, thereby eliminating the need for a state credit. Allowing local officials to make up the revenue through a less harmful form of taxation, spending restraint, or a combination of the two, would make Louisiana a more attractive place to locate a business, invest, and create jobs.

There will be many calls for higher taxes in the coming weeks. Avoiding tax increases isn’t just good politics, it’s good policy. Tax Foundation economist William McBride reviewed academic literature going back three decades and found that “while there are a variety of methods and data sources, the results consistently point to significant negative effects of taxes on economic growth even after controlling for various other factors such as government spending, business cycle conditions and monetary policy."

In McBride's survey of 26 studies dating to 1983, he found "all but three of those studies, and every study in the last 15 years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth." John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, analyzed 681 peer-reviewed academic journal articles going back to 1990 and concluded that keeping state and local tax and regulatory burdens as low as possible promotes economic growth. "Most studies find," Hood discovered, "that lower levels of taxes and spending, less-intrusive regulation correlate with stronger economic performance."

Your constituents have already been hit with the more than 20 federal tax increases signed into law by President Obama in recent years. Piling on with further tax increases at the state level will hinder economic growth and add insult to injury. I urge you to make the most of this session by eliminating the inventory tax and balancing the budget without raising taxes, both of which would greatly benefit individuals, families, and employers across Louisiana. Americans for Tax Reform will continue to follow these issues closely throughout the session and will be educating your constituents as to how you vote on this important matter. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Gleason, ATR’s director of state affairs, at (202) 785-0266 or pgleason@atr.org.

Onward,

Grover G. Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform 

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MS-01 Special Election Update

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, April 10th, 2015, 2:06 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of United States Congressional candidates in Mississippi's first district who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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MS-01: Quentin Whitwell Makes Written Committment to Oppose Taxation

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, March 30th, 2015, 2:30 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates former Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Mississippi to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Whitwell is running in the May 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by the recently deceased Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s first congressional district.

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 48 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate Whitwell for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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MS-01: Boyce Adams Makes Written Committment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, March 16th, 2015, 3:01 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Mississippi small business owner Boyce Adams for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Mississippi to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Adams is running in the May 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by the recently deceased Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s first congressional district.

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 48 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate Boyce for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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john1gun

Any one that signs on with the Islam apologists stealth jihadist Grover Norquist does not get my vote.


Remembering M. Stanton Evans

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan on Friday, March 6th, 2015, 3:46 PM PERMALINK


M. Stanton Evans, famed journalist and author, died Tuesday, the New York Times reported. He was 80.

Known for a combination of biting wit and carefully reasoned critiques, Evans made a career out of educating the American people on the importance of conservative values and ideas. To call him a trailblazer would be disrespectful. He served as the only voice for conservatives twenty years before Ronald Reagan proudly proclaimed himself to be an American conservative during his 1980 presidential campaign.

Evans sought to establish greater opportunities for young conservatives. He established Young Americans for Freedom as an outlet for university students to garner information and express their opinions at a time when Liberalism was firmly entrenched in the American collegiate system. He outlined his manifesto for Young Americans for Freedom in the Sharon Statement, known today as a unifying message for many American conservatives.  His ideas helped spurn on a rapid growth in conservative thought on college campuses across the United States.

M. Stanton Evans engaged America’s aspiring young journalists by creating the National Journalist Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the instruction of ethical journalism through conservative ideas. To date, the National Journalist Center has succeeded in producing thousands of graduates, a testament to the movement and ideas Evans helped build.

His efforts were not limited to creating charity organizations. M. Stanton Evans devoted much of his time challenging the American conscious through moving books. In 1961, Evans released Revolt on Campus, wherein he sought to encourage young conservatives to express their opinions on campus. His book was well received, as more and more youth joined the center-right.

Indeed, M. Stanton Evan’s contributions to conservatism, journalism, and collegiate youth will be unmatched for years to come. The conservative movement lost one of its forefathers on Tuesday. Americans for Tax Reform would like to express its deepest condolences to his family and wish them well in the future.  

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Hey Grovie he also said that immigration was going to be the death of the Republican party... but what do you care? You will still collect your millions form corporations...

You must have been delighted that the chicken excrement GOP caved on Obama's amnesty. You won son!

You and this organization are complete fools. You are helping Barack to import a voting block that will be more socialist than today's democrat. You are a complete traitor to conservatives. You are a quisling.... peddling amnesty to end the possibility of small government... Barack knows he gets 70 to 80 percent of the people you want to import.

So you know what you can do with your no tax pledge while you support amnesties and massive open door immigration...


ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in CO, MD, NY, and OK

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 2:02 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of elected officials and challengers for congressional office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the states of Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on June 24. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in IA-03 Ahead of the June 21 GOP Convention

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, June 20th, 2014, 10:30 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of US Congressional candidates in IA-03 who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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  • Rob Cramer (IA-03)
  • Matt Schultz (IA-03)*
  • Monte Shaw (IA-03)
  • David Young (IA-03)
  • Brad Zaun (IA-03)
     

*Matt Schultz signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Secretary of State

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ATR Release 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, June 6th, 2014, 10:10 AM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for federal offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the states of Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on June 10. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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ATR Releases List of 2014 Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in AL, CA, IA, MS, MT, NJ, NM, and SD


Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, June 2nd, 2014, 12:10 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections slated to take place in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota on Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for congressional offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, June 3. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

 

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