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Kyle Baccei

Ken Leonczyk Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 16th, 2012, 11:20 AM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide and Episcopal Minister Ken Leonczyk has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Leonczyk for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last election with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Ken Leonczyk demonstrates that he understands the problems of hardworking taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of North Carolina.”

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

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Dan Barry Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 16th, 2012, 11:14 AM PERMALINK


Weddington Town Councilman and Financial Consultant Dan Barry has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Barry for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last election with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Dan Barry demonstrates that he understands the problems of hardworking taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of North Carolina.”

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

 

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ATR to Louisiana legislators: Keep Taxpayers in Mind in 2012 Session


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, March 15th, 2012, 12:31 PM PERMALINK


With the Louisiana legislature wrapping up its first week of the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform sent Pelican State lawmakers a letter today urging them to keep taxpayers in mind:

 

Louisiana Senate
Louisiana House of Representatives

Dear Legislator,

Now that Louisiana legislature has convened for the 2012 session, please keep taxpayers in mind as you take up important policy issues this year. Tax hikes, excessive regulation, and irresponsible spending will impede economic growth in your state and encourage businesses to flee for states with business-friendly policies. Just ask your counterparts in IL and CA; they can vouch for this.

There is never a good time for a tax increase, but siphoning money from the real economy is the last thing lawmakers should be doing amid this tepid and uncertain economic recovery. Imposing higher state taxes is even more egregious and unadvisable when put into the context of what has happened and what is scheduled to happen with federal tax policy.

While the media in your state has likely not yet reported on it and your constituents may not yet realize it, the fact is that the largest federal tax increase in U.S. history will hit individuals, families, and employers in your state in less than twelve short months. These tax increases include: higher income tax rates, higher taxes on marriage and family, a middle class death tax, higher tax rates on savers and investors, employer tax hikes, and twenty new or higher taxes in ObamaCare.

These tax increases come on the heels of the hundreds of billions of tax hikes that were already enacted over the past three years. As such, I urge you to reject efforts to pile on with further job-killing tax increases at the state level during the 2012 legislative session.

To make matters worse, the White House imposed $232 billion in new regulatory costs on employers in 2011 alone.  Burdensome regulations hurt businesses and depress the economy. The adverse economic impact caused by these excessive regulations is felt by both businesses and individuals.  In fact, just last year, residents in your state had to work 214 days just to pay for the combined federal and state regulatory and spending burdens.

I encourage you to stand with Gov. Jindal in opposition to higher taxes and attempts to impose excessive regulation. Such an approach is a winning economic strategy that will make your state more prosperous and economically competitive in 2012.

Lastly, please look to ATR as a resource on policy matters ranging from taxes, budgetary matters, energy, tech & telecom, labor policy, and more. If you have any questions, please contact ATR’s Patrick Gleason at 202-785-0266 or PGleason@ATR.org. 

Onward,
Grover G. Norquist

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ATR: Opposed to Rhode Island Sales Tax Increase


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Monday, January 30th, 2012, 2:18 PM PERMALINK


Recently, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island suggested an increase to the states sales tax as a means to close the state’s budget gap. Currently, Rhode Island, like the rest of the nation, is suffering from a weak economy and a lack of competition with other New England states.

In a Policy Brief by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, two scenarios, a sales tax increase and a sales tax cut, were outlined. In the sales tax increase scenario, Rhode Island would see reduced economic growth, less jobs, and less revenue than expected. Many in Rhode Island would also take the time to travel to New Hampshire, where there is no state sales tax, and give their business to the Granite State.

If the Governor would instead propose a sales tax cut, Rhode Island businesses would see more business and fewer Rhode Islanders would drive to New Hampshire to do their shopping. This would also result in more jobs throughout Rhode Island and more investment in-state investment.

Rhode Island only has to look to neighboring states to see the negative effects of increasing their sales tax. Studies have shown that Vermont and Maine have lost millions of dollars in retail sales to New Hampshire. The same would be true if Governor Chafee proposes this sales tax increase as he has suggested.

This sales tax increase comes at a time when politicians in Providence should be focused on relieving the tax burden and finding ways to allow for job creation in the marketplace. If Governor Chafee proposes a sales tax increase as he suggested, he will cost Rhode Island jobs and slow economic recovery in the state.

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ATR Opposes Washington Bag Tax


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 12th, 2012, 1:29 PM PERMALINK


Currently Washington State legislators are considering legislation that would ban plastic bags and impose a tax on paper bags. This legislation is extremely misguided, unnecessary, and its purpose is not based on factual evidence. While its intention is to improve the environment, it will not – in fact – do so. Previous experience bears this out. San Francisco was the first locality to ban single use bags. Studies after the San Francisco Bag Ban have shown that the proportion of bag litter increased post-ban, with plastic bags comprising a larger portion of total litter compared to pre-ban levels.

Ireland has also had a similar experience with the bag ban, like the one proposed in Washington. Many environmentalists have pointed to Ireland as a reason to pass this tax in Washington, however the facts tell a different story. Since passing the plastic bag ban, total usage in plastic bags has increased by ten percent. A majority of the Irish population already reuses plastic bags for day-to-day needs. The new ban has only discouraged this kind of behavior in the Evergreen State, as it did in Ireland.

With high unemployment, the last thing state officials should be doing is imposing new taxes and regulatory burdens on families and employers, yet that is precisely what the proposed bag prohibition and tax legislation would do. This fact is even more relevant for the people of Washington State, who are facing twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare this year. Washington legislators should be working to ease this burden, rather than adding to it.

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ATR: Urges All Vermont Legislators to Join Pledge Signers in Taking Higher Taxes off the Table


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 3:35 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Vermont legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 

“With taxpayers in Vermont staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud Vermont Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that Vermont taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Montpelier to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.

The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

 

State Legislature:

Carolyn Whitney Branagan (Franklin-1)

Robert Helm (Rutl.-2)

Duncan F. Kilmartin (Orl.-2)

Leigh Larocque (Caled.-1)

Mary Morrissey (Benn. 2-2)

Andy Donaghy (Rutland 1-1)

Mike Hebert (Windham 1)

Gary Reis (Caledonia 3)

Vicki Strong (H-1) 

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ATR: Urges All Rhode Island Legislators to Join Pledge Signers in Taking Higher Taxes off the Table


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 3:31 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Rhode Island legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 

“With taxpayers in Rhode Island staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud Rhode Island Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that Rhode Island taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Providence to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.

The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

 

House of Representatives:

Michael Chippendale (H-40)

Joseph Trillo (H-24)

 

State Senate:

Francis Maher, Jr. (S-34)

Michael Pinga (S-9)

Beatrice A. Lanzi (S-26)

Beth Moura (S-19)

Dr. Christopher Ottiano (S-11)

Glen Shibley (S-33) 

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ATR: Urges All Pennsylvania Legislators to Join Pledge Signers in Taking Higher Taxes off the Table


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 3:23 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Pennsylvania legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 

“With taxpayers in Pennsylvania staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud Pennsylvania Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that Pennsylvania taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Harrisburg to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.

The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:
 

House of Representatives:

Stephen Barrar (H-160)

Kerry Benninghoff (H-171)

Stephen Bloom (H-199)

Scott W. Boyd (H-43)

Jim Cox (H-129)

Thomas C. Creighton (H-37)

George Dunbar (H-56)

Brian Ellis (H-11)

Joe Emrick (H-137)

Camille George (H-74)

Mark M. Gillen (H-128)

Ted Harhai (H-58)

Susan C. Helm (H-104)

Rob Kauffman (H-89)

Fred Keller (H-85)

Tim Krieger (H-57)

David M. Maloney (H-130)

Jim Marshall (H-14)

Daryl Metcalfe (H-12)

Gerald J. Mullery (H-119)

Scott Perry (H-92)

Joseph A. Petrarca (H-55)

Jeff Pyle (H-60)

Dave Reed (H-62)

Brad Roae (H-6)

Todd A. Rock (H-90)

Mario M. Scavello (H-176)

Justin Simmons (H-131)

RoseMarie Swanger (H-102)

Katherine McDowell Watson (H-144)

 

State Senate:

Lisa Boscola (S-18)

John H. Eichelberger (S-30)

Mike Folmer (S-48)

Jane Orie (S-40) 

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ATR: Urges All Ohio Legislators to Join Pledge Signers in Taking Higher Taxes off the Table


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 3:18 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Ohio legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 

“With taxpayers in Ohio staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud Ohio Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that Ohio taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Columbus to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.

The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

 

House of Representatives:

John Adams (H-78)

William G. Batchelder (H-69)

Peter A. Beck (H-67)

Terry Blair (H-38)

Andrew Brenner (H-2)

Mike Dovilla (H-18)

Anne Gonzales (H-19)

Bruce Goodwin (H-74)

Cheryl Grossman (H-23)

Bill Hayes (H-91)

Matt Huffman (H-4)

Casey Kozlowski (H-99)

Jarrod Martin (H-70)

Ron Maag (H-35)

Jeff McClain (H-82)

Craig Newbold (H-1)

Bob Peterson (H-85)

Kristina D. Roegner (H-42)

Clifford Rosenberger (H-86)

Lynn Slaby (H-41)

Andy Thompson (H-93)

Ron Young (H-63)

 

State Senate:

Shannon Jones (S-7)

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ATR: Urges All New York Legislators to Join Pledge Signers in Taking Higher Taxes off the Table


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 3:06 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With New York legislature now convened for the 2012 session, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has released an updated list of state elected officials in who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These legislators have made a written commitment to their constituents to never vote for a net tax increase. 

 

“With taxpayers in New York staring down the barrel of the largest federal tax increase in American history, which is set to kick in less than twelve short months from now, I applaud New York Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers for taking higher taxes off the table in their state,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “By making this commitment to their constituents, they clearly recognize that in light of the hundreds of billions in higher federal taxes to come out of Washington, D.C. in recent years, the last thing that New York taxpayers need is for lawmakers in Albany to pile on more job-killing tax increases at the state level,” Norquist added.

 

The list of those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

 

State Assembly:

Daniel J. Burling (A-147)

Robert J. Castelli (A-89)

James D. Conte (A-10)

Jim Hayes (A-148)

Brian Kolb (A-129)

William Reilich (A-134)

Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (A-2)

 

State Senate:

Mark Grisanti (S-60)

 

 

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