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Daily Media Spotlight for May 29, 2014

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 2:59 PM PERMALINK


Matt Patterson, executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom, published an op-ed in the Times Free Press highlighting Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s deal brokered with labor union leadership.

So while Big Labor was turned away at Volkswagen, one of the most radical unions in the country staged a quiet coup at City Hall with the help of a compliant politician who owes his career to union checkbooks. In fact, city employees who have never asked for or voted on SEIU representation may be interested to know that Article 1 of the Mayor’s agreement begins, “… the city of Chattanooga recognizes… that the union is the authorized representative of all general government employees.”

The Hill’s Julian Hattem wrote an article highlighting Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist’s support for The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.

In a letter to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Norquist said that a current bill in Congress would prevent “punitive and discriminatory” taxes from limiting the power of the Web.

“Excessive taxes will hinder continued growth in the digital space,” he wrote.

“Allowing the Internet access tax moratorium to lapse would certainly lead to higher tax rates on consumers and reduce the rate of adoption and innovation. The Internet is our greatest gateway to innovation and education, higher taxes on Internet access undermines American economic competiveness and growth.” 

Richard Rubin, of Bloomberg, wrote an article citing Americans for Tax Reform’s critique of Rep. Dave Camp’s recent tax system reform proposal.

Groups such as the Tax Foundation and Americans for Tax Reform criticized Camp’s plan on depreciation and pointed to nonpartisan estimates showing that the proposal would reduce capital stock.

Now, Camp is moving in the opposite direction by proposing faster write-offs compared with the underlying tax law, which attempts to align deductions for capital investments with the multi-year stream of income they create. 

 

 

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