ATR's 2020 Naughty & Nice List

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Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, 1:35 PM PERMALINK

NAUGHTY

Joe Biden:  For falsely claiming his long list of tax hikes won't raise "a single penny" of tax on any American making less than $400,000.

And for threatening to ban Right to Work, impose a carbon tax, re-impose the individual mandate tax, "get rid of fossil fuels", repeal the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on "Day One", double the capital gains tax to 40%, ban plastic bags, and for telling energy workers to learn to code.

 

NICE

Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute For his leadership on Proposition 116 and 117, which were approved by Colorado voters this November. Prop. 117 requires voter approval of any proposed fee increases, and Prop. 116 reduced the state's income tax.

 

NAUGHTY

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez: For sponsoring and championing the anti-worker California law AB 5, which destroyed the livelihood of freelancers and independent contractors.

 

NICE

Illinois Voters:  For rejecting Governor J.B. Pritzker’s constitutional amendment to move from a flat rate to a graduated income tax system with higher rates.

 

NAUGHTY

California politicians who used taxpayer money and earth-moving equipment to fill skate parks with sand to prevent people from getting some fresh air during the state's onerous lockdowns.

 

NICE

Skateboarders who took matters into their own hands to clear the parks of sand using shovels and brooms.

 

NICE

Congresswoman-elect Michelle Steel:  Longtime Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Michelle Steel defeated the incumbent Democrat in California. At 19, she emigrated to the United States and has been a strong taxpayer leader for decades.

 

NAUGHTY

Raphael Warnock (D): For endorsing the PRO Act which would ban Right to Work states (including Georgia) and impose California's evil AB5 law nationwide, aimed at crushing independent contractors and freelancers.

 

NAUGHTY

Jon Ossoff (D): For endorsing the PRO Act which would ban Right to Work states (including Georgia) and impose California's evil AB5 law nationwide, aimed at crushing independent contractors and freelancers.

 

NAUGHTY

Kamala Harris: "There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking."

 

NICE

50 Cent: "I don't want to be 20 Cent."

For pointing out how Biden's tax hike plan is outright theft. Referring to the combined Biden-NY-NYC tax burden, he said: "62% are you out of ya [expletive] mind."

 

NAUGHTY

Hunter Biden: VARIOUS

 

NAUGHTY

Andrew Cuomo: Where to start?

 

NAUGHTY

Marc Mallory, husband of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer: After his wife restricted the use of motorboats, he pulled a "don't you know who I am" and tried to get special treatment for their own boat.

NICE

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R):  For including a proposal to phase out the state income tax in his new executive budget.

 

NAUGHTY

France For imposing an unfair, unilateral Digital Services Tax on American tech companies.

 

NICE

Tennessee State Legislators:  For making their state a true no-income-tax state on January 1, 2021. They did so by passing a bill in 2016 to phase out Tennessee’s 6% tax on investment income by the end of 2020.

 

NICE

Nevada Assemblywoman Annie Black: For submitting bills to create an anti-appropriations committee for Nevada, a spending restraint law and a tax cut for small businesses.

 

NICE

California Voters:  For rejecting Proposition 15, the ballot measure endorsed by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that would’ve raised more than $12 billion annually from employers by gutting Prop. 13’s 42 years old property tax protections.

 

NAUGHTY

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson For spending the year campaigning for a sales tax hike.

 

NICE

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin:  For proposing that Arkansas lawmakers make a phaseout of the state income tax their top goal moving forward.

 

NICE

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu For strongly and promptly rejecting Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s new regional cap and trade scheme, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which would drive up the price of gas by as much as 17 cents per gallon.

 

NAUGHTY

California Governor Gavin Newsom:  For imposing a multi-billion dollar tax hike on employers this past summer, in the middle of an economic downturn and in a state that is already home to among the highest state tax burdens. That tax hike, AB 85, raises California taxes by more than $9 billion over the next three years by suspending net operating loss deductions and limiting business tax credits to $5 million per year for three years. AB 85 was made retroactive to the start of 2020.

 

NICE

Wyoming Senator Bo Biteman For stopping a bill to impose a state income tax in Wyoming.

 

NAUGHTY

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey:  For signing tax hike into law that violates the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment Ivey made to her constituents to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes.”

 

NAUGHTY

European Union:  For imposing the “Digital Markets Act & Digital Services Act” for the specific purpose of attacking American companies.

 

NAUGHTY

OECD:  For its attempt to curb international tax competition and impose a de facto global minimum tax with their Pillar 1 and 2 proposals.

 

NAUGHTY

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker:  For trying to impose a regional carbon tax through a new cap and trade scheme. And for greedily trying to tax people outside the state's borders.

 

NICE

Congressman Kevin Brady:  For holding the line against Democrat efforts to raise taxes and impose socialized healthcare.

 

NICE

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: For keeping Americans connected during COVID-19, for keeping the Internet free from over-regulation and taxes by so-called "net neutrality" rules, and for making the FCC more transparent and responsive than ever before.

 

NICE

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem: For committing to veto any and all efforts to raise taxes, which is even more impressive considering South Dakota is one of eight states with no personal income tax and one of only two states with no corporate income tax.

 

NICE

Kentucky Thanks to the enactment of Kentucky House Bill 415, distillers, vintners and brewers in and out of the state can ship alcohol directly to Kentuckians. Each adult customer can order up to 10 liters of distilled spirits, 10 cases of wine, and 10 cases of malt beverages per month for home delivery.

 

NAUGHTY

Cal Cunningham

 

NICE

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz:  For fighting to expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) so that all Americans can pay for their healthcare tax free.

 

NICE

U.S. Congressman Ted Budd:  For fighting to expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) so that all Americans can pay for their healthcare tax free.

 

NICE

Senator Mitch McConnell: For confirming 234 Article III and Article IV judges nominated by President Trump.

 

NAUGHTY

Nick Ayers

 

NICE

Missouri Governor Mike Parson:  For his leadership in enacting the most significant occupational licensing reform in Missouri history.

 

NICE

Congressman-elect Burgess Owens: Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer who prevailed in Utah's competitive 4th district.

 

NAUGHTY

U.S. Congressman Francis Rooney: For trying to impose carbon tax legislation. Rooney will not be returning to Congress next year after declining to face a primary challenge.

 

NICE

Florida, California, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, West Virginia, Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, and Arkansas: For deregulation which allows food trucks to service highway rest areas.

 

NICE

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler: For carrying out the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda at EPA and finalizing the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, reducing the average price of a new car by roughly $1,000 -- making it easier for Americans to afford a car.

 

 

NICE

NH Attorney General Gordon MacDonald Together with Gov. Sununu, for fighting to protect New Hampshire residents from Massachusetts’s unconstitutional tax grab.

 

NICE

Outgoing Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof: For defending Ohio taxpayers & workers, passing regulatory reform & one of the strongest occupational licensing reform bills in the nation. 

 

NAUGHTY

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

 

NICE

RSC Chair Mike Johnson:  For proposing free market healthcare reforms that reject socialism, cut taxes and increase patient freedom.

 

NICE

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise: For keeping congressional Republicans united as House Whip, stymieing Pelosi's effort to impose socialist policies on America.

 

NICE

President Donald Trump:  For the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, for eliminating six Obamacare tax hikes, for much-needed deregulation, for withdrawing from the Paris debacle, and for 234 confirmed judges.

 

NICE

Amy Coney Barrett

Photo Credit: Victoria Pickering

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