Grover Norquist Discusses Gas Tax on CNBC's "Squawk Box" (and more...)
Matthew Belvedere of CNBC covered Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist’s appearance on “Squawk Box,” where Norquist discussed the federal gasoline tax.
Norquist agrees that something needs to be done to fix America’s aging infrastructure, but the federal government should play little part in it. “This is a bait and switch that politicians play all the time. President Obama spent $800 billion with a stimulus package, which was supposed to pave all the highways.”
That did not work, Norquist said. “We should push down to governors and mayors the responsibility for raising their own taxes and building their own roads.”
Grover Norquist wrote an op-ed for USA Today regarding tax extender legislation.
Making the pro-growth extenders permanent will give businesses certainty in planning investment, avoiding the loss of jobs and growth that higher taxes would bring, and end the political game of holding temporary tax hikes hostage. Politicians should not raise taxes as part of a return to honest accounting and an end to playing games with the tax code.
Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an op-ed for Forbes, detailing a low-tax environment trend among NHL free agents.
The 57 percent of NHL free agents who went to teams with lower tax burdens will take home over $7.9 million more in income than if they had stayed with their previous teams in higher tax jurisdictions. It’s bad enough that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, but this new report also shows how U.S. states are becoming less competitive in vying for talent compared to Canadian provinces due to relatively high personal income tax rates.
Forbes published an op-ed written by Americans for Tax Reform federal affairs manager Chris Prandoni, about costly carbon taxes.
The reason Americans and Congress oppose carbon taxes and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is because they are enormously expensive, kill jobs, increase electricity prices, and decrease economic growth. Intuitively this makes sense, forcing Americans to use more expensive electricity means that the cost of electricity will increase.
Grover Norquist Discusses Freshmen Legislators (and more...)
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ran an op-ed co-written by Americans for Tax Reform director of state affairs Patrick Gleason regarding discrepancies with the method used to calculate the cost of Medicare.
For Wisconsin, failure to pass a permanent doc fix would reduce access to care for seniors. Wisconsin currently has 15 practicing physicians per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries, which is below the national average. If Congress does not act, the result will be a 24% across-the-board pay cut for caregivers treating Medicare patients. Forty-seven percent of Wisconsin’s physicians are already over 50, the age at which surveys show many physicians begin to consider cutting back on patient care activities. The scheduled provider cuts will only exacerbate Wisconsin’s current problems with access to care.
Rob Garver of the Fiscal Times wrote a piece detailing criticism of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.
While dynamic scoring might be the biggest issue for conservatives, it’s not the only problem they have with Elmendorf. Among other things, Norquist notes, is that Elmendorf’s CBO delivered a favorable ruling on the costs of the Affordable Care Act. This has become a potent issue lately because of the discovery of videotapes in which MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a key figure in the development of the law, suggested that the law’s architects, in addition to relying on “the stupidity of the American voter” also worked hard to game CBO’s rules in search of a good budget score.
Jennifer Kerns of the Blaze interviewed Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist about his impressions of the newly elected members of Congress.
Among his favorites this season are Congresswoman-elect Mia Love, whom Norquist says as the first black female Republican to serve in Congress is good for the Republican Party, good for taxpayers, and good for the Mormon Church as it broadens their diversity.
Grover Norquist Discusses CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf (and more...)
Damian Paletta of the Wall Street Journal highlighted criticism of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.
Grover Norquist, president of conservative antitax group Americans for Tax Reform, said he sent a letter to House and Senate GOP leaders on Friday calling for Mr. Elmendorf to go. He criticized the CBO director’s economic scoring models for the Affordable Care Act and the 2009 economic stimulus law. He also ticked through a number of CBO decisions, including its analysis of a 2013 immigration bill, alleging the agency hasn’t been consistent or transparent.
In the Hill, Bernie Becker detailed more of Norquist’s criticism.
Norquist also charged that Elmendorf only used dynamic scoring- which projects that large fiscal or tax changes can affect economic growth- on the Senate’s immigration bill in 2013. Norquist and top GOP lawmakers, like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), have called dynamic scoring little more than common sense, and want to use it to help ease the path for tax reform as well.
Newsmax’s Greg Richter covered an op-ed published by Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and director of state affairs Patrick Gleason.
In an opinion piece for Reuters, Norquist and Patrick Gleason, both of Americans for Tax Reform, say Walker’s fight against public unions and advocacy for lower taxes mirror Coolidge’s own background.
Coolidge, who was president from 1923 to 1929, would be “a smart model for the party,” the two wrote. “He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president in his Cabinet Room”
Mary Spicuzza and Matthew DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal also wrote about this op-ed:
Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, penned a Thursday opinion piece for Reuters focused on why Walker would be a good choice for the GOP presidential nominee in 2016. In it, he argued that when looking forward to 2016, Republicans should look back- way back- to former President Calvin Coolidge, who served from 1923 to 1929.
ATR's Patrick Gleason Details Future for Tax Reform (and more...)
Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an op-ed for Forbes highlighting the influence of tax-based policy in the midterm election results.
The Tillis and Brownback victories send a clear message to state lawmakers across the country. Rate reducing tax reform isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics. Over a dozen states are set to pursue such tax reform in 2015, and the fact that Thom Tillis is heading to the U.S. Senate and Gov. Sam Brownback has another four years in office makes it much more likely that a tax cutting wave will sweep the states in 2015.
Mike Godfrey of Tax-News.com wrote a piece regarding the proposed internet sales tax, which Speaker Boehner has publicly opposed.
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) welcome Boehner’s stand against the Bill, and its president Grover Norquist warned that “too many politicians in state capitals and Washington have looked at the internet only as a way to raise taxes. They want to tax internet access; they want to tax internet sales. Boehner has drawn a line in the sand saying the American people come first and politicians need to keep their hands off the internet.
Grover Norquist Applauds Speaker Boehner's Fight Against Internet Sales Tax (and more...)
The Hill’s Bernie Becker wrote about Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist’s reaction to Speaker Boehner’s announcement that he would fight against online sales tax proposals.
“Obama says yes to taxing the Internet, Reid says yes to taxing the Internet,” Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement. “Speaker Boehner just said ‘hell no’ to taxing the Internet. Boehner wins. The American consumer wins.”
Connor Wolf of the Daily Caller wrote an article regarding a United Auto Workers union establishing itself at a Volkswagen plant whose employees have voted against unionization.
However, some see this as circumventing the workers’ wishes. Matt Patterson, executive director at the Center for Worker Freedom, said in a statement, “The commitment of the company to allow this outside organization, which has decimated auto jobs in Detroit and left entire companies and cities bankrupt, is a betrayal of the VW workers who gave a loud and clear ‘No!’ to the UAW, by a vote of 712 to 626.”
Grover Norquist Comments on Priorities for Republican-Controlled Congress
Rebecca Shabad of the Hill wrote an article speculating about the first priorities for a Republican-controlled Congress.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said the Republican Congress should first quickly appoint a new director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and get in place new leadership at the Joint Tax Committee, which is made up of the Senate Finance Committee chairman and the chairman of the House Ways and Means panel. CBO and that panel would be responsible for estimating the costs of tax reform legislation.
Passing tax reform through reconciliation, Norquist noted, would only allow the measure to last 10 years, short of the permanent fix Republicans say is necessary.
Grover Norquist Discusses North Carolina Senatorial Candidates
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post regarding North Carolina Senatorial candidate Sean Haugh.
Haugh is open to higher taxes. Not only did Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee, pass one of the most pro-growth tax relief packages ever to come out of any state, he has committed to oppose efforts to raise federal taxes if elected to the U.S. Senate. Haugh, in contrast, refuses to make such a commitment to North Carolina taxpayers.
Americans for Tax Reform’s director of state affairs, Patrick Gleason, was quoted in a Slate article written by Betsy Woodruff about the importance of reelection Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Patrick Gleason, the director of state affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, said a Walker loss “will scare a lot of governors across the country.”
“That will send a message: Don’t do this, because you very well might not survive,” he said. “If Walker prevails, it’s going to embolden a lot of governors and lawmakers across the country. You’re going to see a lot of governors and lawmakers in other states get spines- or get stronger spines- than they had prior to Walker’s reelection.”
Grover Norquist Discusses Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (and more...)
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist was quoted in a Bloomberg Politics article written by David Weigel about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“If Walker lost, four or five states would do maybe half of what Wisconsin’s done,” says Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.
“There’d be some nibbling at the edges, and some postmortems on how he defunded the left. If he wins, twelve to fifteen states would copy Wisconsin. I mean, who wouldn’t? If the combined forces of the AFL-CIO and all their allies can’t beat him, why not do teacher tenure reform, why not make union membership voluntary, why not phase out the income tax? You get twelve states to do what Wisconsin did, and the Democratic Party would have to find several billionaires to make up the lost revenue.”
Townhall’s Cal Thomas wrote an article about former Gov. Jeb Bush’s comment that he would be willing to raise taxes, and its implications should he decide to run for president in 2016.
Norquist and other anti-tax advocates perhaps see in Bush’s comment a replay of his father’s pledge at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” He violated that pledge when congressional Democrats promised to cut spending in exchange for tax increases. Bush raised taxes. Democrats did not cut spending. Many have long believed that broken promise contributed to his failure to win a second term.
Steve Byas of the New American wrote about the possibility of former Gov. Jeb Bush running for president, and the reaction of Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.
“Jeb stabbed Republicans in the back just when they were unified in insisting on major spending cuts with no tax increases,” Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform told the Washington Times.
Norquist was referencing Bush’s comments that he could accept a budget deal in which taxes were raised by $1 for every $10 in spending cuts that the Democrats would agree to. Norquist was enraged, particularly because the Democrats had not even offered any such deal.
Grover Norquist Appears on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart"
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart,” hosted by Matt Miller, where he discussed Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenships in response to a harsh new tax law. An excerpt of his comments is below:
Two things happened. One is we have the worldwide tax system, so that when an American works overseas, they pay over there and here. Second, we have higher rates than everybody else, on the corporate level, and even sometimes on the individual level. So, it wasn’t quite so bad when we had lower corporate taxes and lower personal taxes- 28%, under Reagan- but now it’s become a bigger problem.
Grover Norquist to Appear on Yahoo's Election Night Special
As Dylan Byers wrote in Politico, Grover Norquist will appear on Yahoo’s special coverage of the midterm elections, hosted by David Gregory.
The midterm special will be a one-time appearance for Gregory, though he may be eyeing a longer-term deal with the digital news site. Gregory will appear will Yahoo’s Couric and Matt Bai, as well as POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.
Americans for Tax Reform director of state affairs, Patrick Gleason, wrote an op-ed for Forbes with updates on campaign battles in Wisconsin and North Carolina.
Prior to passage of the historic tax reform act that Speaker Tillis shepherded through the state legislature last year, North Carolina had one of the worst business tax climates in the country, ranking 44th out of 50 on the Tax Foundation index. Thanks to the 2013 North Carolina tax reform- which took the top personal income tax rate from 7.75 percent to 5.8 percent and brought the corporate rate from 6.9 to 6.0 percent- North Carolina has rocketed from 44th to 16th best business tax climate.
Josh Peterson of Watchdog.com wrote an article regarding the political battle over rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.
Republican Party luminaries, such as anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, have wasted little time trying to use Uber’s local regulatory battles as an opportunitiy to reach younger and more tech-savvy voters.