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Norquist: Do Not Raise Gas Tax


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, March 22nd, 2019, 10:44 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist was a guest on Fox Business Network’s Bulls & Bears on Wednesday. He made the case against a federal gas tax hike.


ATR's 2018 Naughty & Nice List

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, 5:20 PM PERMALINK

NAUGHTY

Democrat congressman John Yarmuth, incoming House Budget Committee Chairman: for fantasizing about hiking the corporate rate from 21% up to 27%



NICE

87 Senators: for voting in favor of the First Step Act, a historic piece of legislation that would provide recidivism reduction programs for non-violent and low-risk offenders and create modest sentencing reforms.


NAUGHTY

Rep. Danny Davis: for introducing a gun tax that roughly doubles the federal tax on firearms and nearly quintuples the federal tax on ammunition, and for acknowledging he would like to make guns cost prohibitive and "outlaw them altogether."


NICE

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon and the Program Review and Investigations Committee: for working to expose the truth behind the shady KentuckyWired contract which wasted taxpayer dollars. KentuckyWired is quickly becoming the most expensive infrastructure project in state history and when all is said and done, will not bring internet to a single Kentuckian who does not already have access to fast internet speeds.


 

NAUGHTY

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards: for calling three special sessions this year until a roughly $450 million sales tax increase was imposed on Louisianans, on top of the $200-$300 million tax increase they will be facing from his decision to keep the new revenue the state will be collecting as an unintended consequence of federal tax reform.


NICE

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds: for returning the excess revenue Iowa would have otherwise collected from federal tax reform to Iowa taxpayers in the form of the largest tax cut in state history.


 

NAUGHTY

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo: for his former top-aide and "brother" being sentenced to prison for corruption; pushing through an absurd "opioid stewardship fee" which could make the crisis worse; and for extorting $1.5 billion from the Catholic Church on the sale of Fidelis, a non-profit health insurer. He's likely to become the highest paid governor in the country.


NICE

Reggie Bush: for asking, “This might be a dumb question so I’m apologizing ahead of time but who audits the IRS? How do we know exactly where our tax dollars go and that they are being used the right way?”


NAUGHTY

Andrew Gillum: for proposing a 40% increase in Florida’s corporate income tax rate.


NICE

Senator-elect Rick Scott: for enacting $10 billion in tax cuts, reducing more than 5,200 burdensome regulations, and creating 1.5 million new jobs during his time as the 45th governor of Florida.


NAUGHTY

Creepy left-wing protestors: for harassing Ted Cruz and his wife at a restaurant 


NICE

Senator Ted Cruz: for his unwavering support of tax cuts and for introducing the Student Opportunity Amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which expanded 529 savings plans to include k-12 tuition costs.  


(also nice: Senator Cruz's new beard)


NAUGHTY

Creepy left-wing protesters: for harassing Ajit Pai at his home, peeking into his windows, and targeting his children.


NICE

Ajit Pai: for keeping the internet free and open, slashing regulations, and making sure the U.S. is #5Gready.

 


NAUGHTY

Spartacus


NICE

Lindsey Graham 2.0


also nice: Benny Johnson for taking this photo


NAUGHTY

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper: for urging voters to reject a strengthening of the state income tax cap, and for urging North Carolina lawmakers to block the personal and corporate income tax cuts scheduled to take effect on January 1.


NICE

North Carolina Senate President Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and their colleagues in the legislature: for enacting tax reform three years ago that will, thanks to revenue triggers, have the state’s personal and corporate income tax rates dropping again on January 1, 2019. The personal income tax rate will drop from 5.499 to 5.25% and the corporate rate will drop from 3.0%, already the nation’s lowest corporate tax rate, to 2.5%


 

NAUGHTY

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: for many, many, things


NICE

Cardi B: for asking, “So you know the government is taking 40 percent of my taxes and Uncle Sam, I want to f******g know what you’re doing with my f******g tax money!”


NAUGHTY

Congressman Carlos Curbelo: For introducing a carbon tax while sitting in a comfortable armchair on a stage in DC, promising to "retrain" anyone who loses their job due to the tax. The  left-of-center Niskanen Center participated in the event. Curbelo went on to lose the November election, the latest in a long line of carbon-tax-induced losses around the world.


NICE

Washington State Voters: for firmly rejecting a carbon tax at the ballot box, for the second time in a row. 

 

 

This list is being continuously updated through Christmas Eve. Have a recomendation? Send it to ideas@atr.org with the subject line NaughtyNice2018. 

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Alabama Taxpayers Better Hold On To Their Wallets. Their Politicians Are Plotting A Gas Tax Hike.

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, December 14th, 2018, 5:56 PM PERMALINK

The Alabama legislature doesn't kick off its 2019 session for another three months, but spending interests are already laying the groundwork for a gas tax increase in the new year. 

"A gas tax of up to 12 cents a gallon has been discussed, but according to Alabama House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, the target for a tax increase in Alabama is more likely to be in the six to 10 cent range, which could raise between $180 million and $300 million dollars a year," Dale Jackson reported this week in Yellowhammer News.

Also this week Americans for Tax Reform sent the following letter to Alabama lawmakers encouraging them to reject calls to to raise the gas tax and pointing out that a gas tax hike would claw back the federal tax relief that their constituents received thanks to passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act:

To: Members of the Alabama Senate

From: Americans for Tax Reform

Dear Senator,

With the 2019 legislative session only a few months away, I write to encourage you and your colleagues to use the coming year to enact reforms that will help grow the state economy and protect taxpayers. 

While there are many opportunities to improve Alabama’s tax and regulatory climate, it’s important to first do no harm. As such,  I urge that you reject the aggressive, but misguided push to hike the state gas tax , a proposal that would diminish and, in some cases, could totally erase the relief that your constituents have received from federal tax reform. 

Attempting to impose a regressive tax hike that will do the greatest harm to households who can least afford it is already bad enough. It’s even worse when it has already been documented that existing transportation dollars are not appropriately spent. 

Ballot measures to hike state gas taxes were resoundingly rejected in Missouri, Utah, and Washington State just last month. Between that and the throngs of French citizens now protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s gas tax hike, which he just suspended, it’s clear that gas tax hikes are a political loser, both at home and abroad. 

In addition to being terrible politics, the proposed gas tax increase is also bad policy. Consider that a state gas tax increase would counteract the benefits of federal tax reform and eat into Alabama taxpayers’ federal tax cut savings. This is one of the reasons why Congress has declined to raise the federal gas tax, despite pressure for them to do so; the same sort of misguided pressure that is currently being applied to you and your colleagues. 

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.


ATR Urges Michigan Lawmakers to Reject Protectionist Legislation

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 2:23 PM PERMALINK

Michigan lawmakers are working tirelessly this session to bring about positive labor reforms that would expand worker's rights in the Great Lakes State.  

Unfortunately, special interests are trying to ride the coattails of this important work by pushing HB 6551, separate legislation that would allow incumbent PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) providers to secure an exclusive government franchise in their service area. ATR sent the following letter to Michigan legislators urging them to reject this protectionist policy: 

December 12, 2018 

To: Members of the Michigan Senate                                                                              

From: Americans for Tax Reform 

Re: Oppose House Bill 6551 

Dear Senator, 

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and our supporters across Michigan, I urge you to oppose House Bill 6551, legislation that would benefit incumbent PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) providers at the expense of Michigan’s frail and elderly. 

PACE is a federally authorized, state-administered program that allows certain Medicare/Medicaid (dual eligible) recipients to receive wrap-around medical and other services in a single facility while remaining with their families in their homes instead of being forced into a nursing home. Currently, incumbent PACE providers in Michigan serve only a small fraction of potential PACE participants, yet they are still pushing HB 6551 as a way to shut out other providers.  

If implemented, HB 6551 would allow incumbent PACE providers to secure an exclusive government franchise in their service area. This protectionist policy would have grave consequences for an underserved population of PACE eligible seniors in Michigan, leaving around 20,000 without access to a PACE provider. 

I know that Michigan lawmakers are passing very important legislation for workers’ rights. The special interest groups that stand to benefit from government blocking out its competitors are trying to slip this protectionist bill in amidst your very helpful collection of legislation. Please tell the special interests they cannot ride the coattails of your important work. ATR urges lawmakers to vote NO on HB 6551. 

ATR will be educating Michigan taxpayers as to how lawmakers vote on HB 6551 and other important tax, budget, and regulatory issues this session. 

Sincerely, 

Grover Norquist 

President 

Americans for Tax Reform 

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ATR Announces Defend21.org

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 2:40 PM PERMALINK

Following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, America became increasingly internationally competitive.

Before December 2017, the U.S. 35% corporate tax rate was the highest in the world. Higher even than China’s 25%. Our tax rate was higher than every major competitor.

The cornerstone of America’s new, more competitive tax system is the 21 percent corporate rate.

Every Democrat in the House and Senate opposed this tax reduction and they are now threatening to raise the corporate income tax as part of proposals to expand or create new government programs. Raising the 21 percent rate will harm today’s strong economic growth, growing wages, record job openings, and lower utility bills.

“Democrats view any tax rate hike from 21% to be a raid on a piggy bank --- ‘free money.’ Taxpayers and taxpayer friendly elected officials now must defend 21 percent as a bright line in the sand that cannot be crossed,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“If we fail to stop any and every effort to break the 21 percent ceiling, then every year there will be demands from special spending interests to raise the rate ‘just one or two points’ to fund ‘fill in the blank,’” said Norquist.

Americans for Tax Reform will officially launch “Defend21.org” in early 2019.

 

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Dem Carbon Tax Bill is So Bad it's No Wonder Rooney & Fitzpatrick Bailed

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, 6:30 PM PERMALINK


On Tuesday and Wednesday, Florida Democrat congressman Ted Deutch and much of the establishment press hyped the release of a (horrible) "bipartisan carbon tax bill!" -- but when the launch events came around, the two Republican congressmen were nowhere to be found. Reps. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) appear to have wisely bailed. Perhaps they felt misled by Deutch as to the contents of the bill.

Deutch's office touted a Tuesday evening media conference call in order to announce the carbon tax bill. The media advisory stated:

Tuesday, Nov. 27 7:30 PM: Bipartisan representatives discuss the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act -- Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch, John Delaney, and Charlie Crist and Republican Reps. Francis Rooney and Brian Fitzpatrick hold press call on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

The call started 15 minutes late and nobody seemed to know what was going on. Finally, Democrat Deutch got on the call and announced that Republicans Rooney and Fitzpatrick would not be on the call due to "scheduling" issues.

A reporter tried to ask a question but the host couldn't figure out how to run the call. It was a debacle from start to finish (and these people want you to send your money to DC to impose a complex new tax scheme to radically re-order your life).

Then on Wednesday at 9:00 AM at the big carbon tax bill launch event at the House Triangle, the Republicans were also (wisely) no-shows.

Deutch awkwardly claimed, again, that Republicans Rooney and Fitzpatrick could not attend due to "scheduling" issues.

Deutch said:"Unfortunately due to, ah, scheduling conflicts they are unable to make it this morning."

Democrat Deutch proceeded to cheerlead for his carbon tax with another Democrat, the eternal politician Charlie Crist (D-Fla.)

When you consider the parade of horribles brought forth by the Deutch carbon tax bill, it is no wonder Republicans Rooney and Fitzpatrick were nowhere to be found. Bill details are below:

Imposes a massive and continually racheting national energy tax, allowing politicians to raise taxes without ever having to vote. Just like the French proposal that starts with a big tax that gets more oppressive with time, the bill imposes a $15 per ton carbon (energy) tax, increasing by $10 per year into the future. Within five years the tax would automatically rise to $55 per ton. For reference, the carbon tax handily rejected by blue Washington state voters in November started at $15 and ratcheted up by $2 per year. Perhaps Deutch thinks the voters just want to be taxed at even higher rates.

Shovels taxpayer money into a giant vat for IRS, EPA, and State Department bureaucrats. The IRS and EPA will develop a cozy relationship -- and what's not to love about that -- to siphon cash from the vat of taxpayer funds for what the bill calls "Administrative Expenses" and "Other Administrative Expenses." For reasons unclear, State Department bureaucrats will also have access to the vat of taxpayer funds. What could go wrong?

Gives broad powers to IRS chief to find new products and entities to be carbon-taxed. The IRS is directed to work with the EPA in order to find more tax targets: "Any manufactured or agricultural product which the [Treasury] Secretary in consultation with the [EPA] Administrator determines" is a tax target. The newly-carbon-taxed items will be added to the long list already specified in the bill: Iron, steel, steel mill products including pipe and tube, aluminum, cement, glass, fiberglass, pulp, paper, chemicals, and industrial ceramics.

Gives broad powers to the EPA chief. The bill gives czar-like powers to the EPA chief including the power to impose "monitoring, reporting, and record-keeping requirements" on Americans. The bill also gives the EPA chief power to conduct investigations and force "information collection."

Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families. The “Carbon Dividend Trust Fund” leftovers will somehow be routed from DC on a per-person basis and households with more than two children are considered unworthy: The legislative language specifically imposes “a limit of 2 children per household.”

Here it is, straight from the bill text:

“A carbon dividend payment is one pro-rata share for each adult and half a pro-rata share for each child under 19 years old, with a limit of 2 children per household, of amounts available for the month in the Carbon Dividend Trust Fund.”

Gives broad powers to the Treasury Department to issue even more rules and regulations. The bill language states:

"The Secretary shall promulgate rules, guidance, and regulations useful and necessary to implement the Carbon Dividend Trust Fund."

Imposes income tax on the carbon tax "dividend." Yes, the government fleeces the taxpayers and sends the carbon tax money to DC, where it is siphoned off by bureaucrats. Then a leftover "dividend" is supposedly sent out to the countryside where it is then subject to income tax! Here is the bill language:

 “(D) FEE TREATMENT OF PAYMENTS. -- Amounts paid under this subsection shall be includible in gross income.

A tax on a tax, which will likely increase the complexity of your annual tax filing. Here's an idea -- how about not taking the money from taxpayers in the first place?

Greases the skids for a European-style Value Added Tax, a cash cow for big government by erecting a complex carbon tax border adjustment scheme.

Authorizes armed carbon tax enforcement agents. The bill authorizes armed carbon tax enforcement agents to collect the new tax on energy used by Americans. As if customs enforcement doesn't already have enough on its plate, the bill states:

“The revenues collected under this chapter may be used to supplement appropriations made available in fiscal years 2018 and thereafter -

 “(1) to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in such amounts as are necessary to administer the carbon border fee adjustment.”

Authorizes certain government sharing of Social Security information. The bill states:

“(B) COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY. -- The Commissioner of Social Security shall, on written request, disclose to officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury individual identity information which has been disclosed to the Social Security Administration as is necessary to administer section 9512

Americans for Tax Reform opposes the bill. "The proposed carbon tax is a gas tax and a tax on your electric bill. Worse, it increases automatically year after year so the politicians can raise your taxes without ever having to vote," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "The tax will be hidden in the price of all goods and services. A hidden tax. A permanent tax. An uncontrolled tax that increases without end."

 

 

 

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Carbon Tax Bill Imposes Backdoor Two-Child Limit

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, 1:37 PM PERMALINK

This week Democrat congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) is introducing a bill to impose a massive national carbon (energy) tax on the American people and seeks to impose backdoor family planning of two children per household:

-The carbon tax monies will flow from the people to the federal government, where it will be deposited into a creepily named “Carbon Dividend Trust Fund.”

-The EPA and IRS will work together to funnel taxpayer dollars toward “Administrative Expenses” and “Other Administrative Expenses.”

-The “Carbon Dividend Trust Fund” leftovers will be routed to households on a per-adult and per-child basis, but households with more than two children are considered a menace by the bill authors: The legislative language specifically imposes “a limit of 2 children per household.”

Here it is, straight from the bill text:

“A carbon dividend payment is one pro-rata share for each adult and half a pro-rata share for each child under 19 years old, with a limit of 2 children per household, of amounts available for the month in the Carbon Dividend Trust Fund.”

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said: “The carbon tax is a bad idea. Even the French don’t like it. And now, this Democrat carbon tax bill adds a sick twist: population control through taxation.”

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Republicans Have Full Control of 23 States, Democrats 14


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 12:14 PM PERMALINK

Following Tuesday's election:

-Republicans have full control of the legislative and executive branch in 23 states.
-Democrats have full control of the legislative and executive branch in 14 states.

Population of the 23 fully R-controlled states: 136,806,725
Population of the 14 fully D-controlled states: 111,808,708 

-Republicans have full control of the legislative branch in 31 states.
-Democrats have full control of the legislative branch in 18 states.

Population of the 31 fully R-controlled states: 192,761,444
Population of the 18 fully D-controlled states: 126,687,156

Click here for full-size versions of the maps below.

 


Great News For Tennessee Taxpayers: All Republicans Running To Be The Next Governor Have Pledged To Oppose Tax Hikes

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, 1:58 PM PERMALINK

The Tennessee primaries are a little more than a month away, but we already know that the winner of the Republican primary will be a candidate who has committed to protecting taxpayers. That’s because all four Republicans running for Governor - Rep. Diane Black, Bill Lee, Randy Boyd, and state house Speaker Beth Harwell - have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 

By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Boyd, Black, Lee, and Harwell have committed to Tennessee residents that they will oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes if elected to replace Bill Haslam as governor. 

“I applaud all the candidates running in the GOP gubernatorial primary for making such an important commitment to Tennessee taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Following passage of federal tax reform, the United States has become an even more attractive destination for investment. Avoiding tax increases will ensure that Tennessee remains one of the most attractive destinations in the U.S. for the expected influx of global capital. By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, all Republicans running for governor have made clear that they recognize the importance of keeping Tennessee a low tax state.” 

Americans for Tax Reform offers the Pledge to all candidates for state and federal office. In the 115th Congress, 46 U.S. Senators and 209 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pledge signers. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady are also pledge signers.

On the state level, this commitment is shared by 11 incumbent governors including Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Rick Scott (Fla.), and Gov. Paul LePage (M.E.), and nearly 1,000 state legislators across the country.

President Ronald Reagan endorsed the Pledge and campaigned for Pledge-signing candidates in the 1986 midterm elections.

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Norquist Statement on Janus Worker Freedom Victory

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, 10:05 AM PERMALINK

Today, ATR President Grover Norquist issued the following statement on the Janus v. AFSCME decision:

“This is the most consequential victory for civil rights in the United States in decades.

For more than half a century, millions of Americans were told they could not serve as policemen, teachers, or firemen unlessthey joined a union and paid annual dues.

No American should be forced to join any organization or pay cash to others as a requirement to earn and keep their job.

A great injustice has been righted.

Every year for decades, billions--billions with a B--of dollars have been taken by force by government labor unions from workers without their permission and  spent on politics against their wishes.

That ends today, decades late, but once and for all.

The  greatest assault on American democracy is the outrage of billions of dollars of forced union dues taken from workers without their consent and spent to buy elections over a 50 year period."

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