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Arizona Republicans Committed to Preventing Unintended Tax Increase

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Posted by ATR on Friday, May 24th, 2019, 3:56 PM PERMALINK

Arizona Republicans are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to make their state a more attractive place to live and invest and, more importantly, protecting taxpayers across the Grand Canyon State from an income tax hike. 

As an unintended consequence of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – which significantly reduced individual and corporate income taxes and resulted in 90 percent of wage earners having higher take-home pay and the lowest unemployment in 50 years – Arizonans will be left facing a tax hike at the state level if no actions are taken to prevent it.

Due to the way Arizona’s tax code conforms to the federal tax code, simply conforming to the new federal code would result in a net income tax increase unless lawmakers include provisions to offset it. Fortunately for taxpayers, Republicans in both chambers have remained committed to following the lead of lawmakers in other states, such as Iowa, Georgia, and Michigan, and finding a way to return the conformity revenue back to the taxpayers.

Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, sent lawmakers a letter in support of this efforts. The full text of the letter is pasted below:

May 24, 2019

To: Members of the Arizona Senate

From: Americans for Tax Reform

 

Re: Protect Arizona Taxpayers

Dear Senator,

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and our supporters across Arizona, I urge you to keep taxpayers in mind as the 2019 legislative session comes to close. Legislation that would result in a net tax increase will be scored as a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

As an unintended consequence of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – which significantly reduced individual and corporate income taxes and has resulted in 90 percent of wage earners having higher take-home pay and unemployment hitting a 50-year low – Arizonans will be left facing a tax increase at the state level if no actions are taken to prevent it.

Due to the way Arizona’s tax code conforms to the federal tax code, simply conforming the state code to the new federal code would result in a net tax increase unless rate reductions or other provisions are included to offset it. Fortunately, legislators in both chambers have remained committed to doing just that by following the lead of lawmakers in other states, such as Iowa and Georgia, and returning this portion of their constituents’ federal tax cut back to them in the form of pro-growth tax reform.

One proposal would both hold taxpayers harmless and make Arizona’s tax code more competitive by collapsing Arizona’s five individual income tax brackets into three, taking the rates from 2.59, 2.88, 3.36, 4.24, and 4.54 down to 2.85, 3.35, and 4.38. Importantly, this proposal would also increase the standard deduction from $5,300 to $12,000 for individual filers and $10,600 to $24,000 for those filing jointly.

The larger standard deduction would expand the zero bracket and ensure that most low-income earners still receive a tax cut.

In addition to preventing an income tax hike, this proposal would make Arizona more conducive to economic growth. A lesser-circulated fact is that many small businesses file under the individual tax code. As such, a lower top individual income tax rate would allow business owners to keep their resources invested in jobs, wages, and businesses operations rather than bloated government spending programs. 

This three-bracket proposal or similar proposals to offset the tax increase that would result from conforming to the federal tax code would be a step in the right direction for Arizona taxpayers and should be supported, so long as all of the tax changes in the bill score as revenue neutral on net at most.

ATR applauds your commitment to using pro-growth tax reform as a way to return the excess revenue that will be collected from conforming Arizona’s tax code to the federal tax code back to taxpayers. Legislation that would result in a net tax increase should be rejected on principle and will be scored as a violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

 

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

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Psaki in Deep Denial on Impact of Corporate Tax Rate on Utility Bills

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, 2:46 PM PERMALINK

Following enactment of TCJA, utility companies across the country worked with state utility commissions to pass along corporate tax rate savings to customers. Americans for Tax Reform has documented over 140 examples. And here is a compilation of national and local television news coverage of same.

The burden of corporate taxes is borne by utility customers, a fact that White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to deny today during the press briefing. 

It is uncomfortable for the White House and Democrats to acknowledge that a corporate tax rate hike will be borne by households and small businesses that typically operate on tight margins and have considerable heating, cooling, gas, and refrigeration costs. Just as Americans are digging out from the pandemic, Biden and the Democrats are there to whack them with higher costs.

Let's look at four citations post-TCJA:

Example 1:
 
“The tax law will result in lower bills for our customers and lower taxes for Pepco,” said Dave Velazquez, President and CEO, Pepco Holdings, which includes Pepco. – Jan. 5, 2018 Pepco press release


Example 2:

The legislation cuts the federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018. This tax cut, in turn, reduces the cost of service for many of Virginia’s major electric, gas and water utilities.  – January 8, 2018, Virginia SCC Press Release

Example 3:

The Arizona Corporation Commission is following through on its promise to pass savings created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to Arizona utility ratepayers. As of August, the effort has totaled $189,088,437.- August 24, 2018 Arizona Corporation Commission press release

Example 4:
 
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today issued an Order, requiring a “negative surcharge” or monthly credit on customer bills for 17 major electric, natural gas, and water and wastewater utilities, totaling more than $320-million per year. The refunds to consumers are the result of the substantial decrease in federal corporate tax rates and other tax changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, which impacted the tax liability of many utilities. -- May 17, 2018 Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Press Release
 

Click here to see 140 documented examples of utilities passing along savings from the corporate tax rate cut with the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

 


Biden Breaks His Tax Pledge on 50th Day of Presidency

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, March 11th, 2021, 10:09 PM PERMALINK

 

Today on the 50th day of his presidency President Joe Biden broke his pledge not to raise a single penny of taxes on any American earning less than $400,000 per year. Biden broke the pledge when he signed the $1.9 trillion Democratic spending package into law.

The law imposes a $31 billion small business income tax increase which contains no exemption for households making less than $400,000 per year. Small business owners pay small business taxes on their individual income tax return.

The provision extends the $500,000 cap on passthrough businesses deducting excess business losses for one year – from 2025 to 2026. This could impact a restaurant, retailer, or other capital-intensive business that sees significant business losses in any year due to the cost of wages, rent, new equipment, inventory, and interest payments.

A previous analysis of the provision by the Joint Committee on Taxation found that it would raise taxes on at least 45,000 filers making below $200,000 in Calendar Year 2020. While the analysis notes that business losses in 2020 were much higher because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it nevertheless shows that small business owning households would be hit by extending the cap.

The cap was originally created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congressional Republicans. It was used to offset the creation of the 20 percent deduction for passthrough businesses, which resulted in a net tax cut for taxpayers. Democrats are proposing to extend the cap, but not the 20 percent deduction.

On over 50 occasions, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made a pledge to each and every household making less than $400,000 that they would not raise any of their taxes a single penny.

Americans for Tax Reform has compiled the written and video documentation of the Biden-Harris pledge. “I give you my word as a Biden,” Biden said repeatedly.

This is not the first time that Democrats have proposed raising taxes on struggling businesses. Last month, Congressional Democrats called for a retroactive repeal of provisions allowing businesses to deduct net operating losses. This would be a $250 billion tax hike and would hit small and medium sized companies that have seen unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

While small businesses have been hit particularly hard with forced shutdowns and new government mandates, businesses of all size have struggled with a decline in revenues and additional expenses from implementing new technologies for remote work and retrofitting existing workspaces.

Democrats used to support expanding the ability of businesses to claim losses during an economic downturn. For instance, President Obama highlighted this tax relief as a “fiscally responsible economic kick-start,” in a 2009 press release:

“The Economic Recovery Act included a provision that allowed small businesses to count their losses this year against the taxes they paid in previous years. "Today, the President extended that benefit for an additional year and expanded it to medium and large businesses as well. Business losses incurred in 2008 or 2009 can now be used to recoup taxes paid in the prior five years. This provision is a fiscally responsible economic kick-start, putting $33 billion of tax cuts in the hands of businesses this year when they need it most, while enabling Treasury to recoup the majority of that funding in the coming years as these businesses regain their strength and resume paying taxes.”

Key Congressional Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Ways and Means Chairman Richie Neal (D-Mass.) also praised this tax relief when it was passed in 2009:

Speaker Pelosi: “The bill also has the net operating loss carryback, which businesses tell us is necessary for them to succeed and to hire new people, and also to mitigate some of the damage that has been done to the economy from past policies.”

Chairman Neal: “Finally, the bill provides net operating loss relief for many businesses that have been simply hanging on in this country over the last year. It is particularly important to retailers. Based on a bill that I filed with Representative Tiberi which became the basis for this provision, this relief for businesses, big and small, will provide quick capital at a time when it is currently impossible to find.”

To keep his word, Biden needed to veto the bill or instruct congressional Democrats to insert bill language exempting households making less than $400,000 in a given year. He did neither.

The Biden and Harris tax pledge documentation can be found below. They made the tax pledge on at least 56 occasions:

Click here for the short version of the video with 13 examples of the pledge.

Click here for the full version of the video with every instance of the pledge.

Joe Biden on CNBC, May 22, 2020: "Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised. Period. Bingo."

Joe Biden on ABC News, August 23, 2020:

David Muir, ABC News: "So, no new taxes, $400,000 and down?"

Biden: "No new taxes. There would be no need for any."

Joe Biden in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 3, 2020: "But here’s the deal. I pay for every single thing I’m proposing without raising your taxes one penny. If you make less than 400 grand, you’re not going to get a penny taxed."

Joe Biden during a WFLA Interview on September 15, 2020: “Nobody making less than $400,000 have to pay a penny more in tax under my proposals.”

Joe Biden during a Telemundo Interview on September 15, 2020: "I'm not going to raise taxes on anybody making less than 400,000.”

Joe Biden on Twitter, September 17, 2020: “If you make under $400,000, you will not pay a penny more in taxes when I'm president.The super-wealthy and big corporations will finally pay their fair share — and we'll invest that money in working families. We're going to reward work — not wealth.”

Joe Biden on Twitter, September 17, 2020: "No surprise, Donald Trump is lying about my tax plan. Here’s the truth about how I’ll make corporations pay their fair share while ensuring Americans making under $400,000 don’t pay a penny more."

Joe Biden in Hermantown, Minnesota on September 18, 2020 "And I’ll do it without raising anyone’s taxes if you make less than $400,000 a year."

Joe Biden in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on September 21, 2020: “Under my plan nobody making less than 400,000 bucks -- and I don’t make it and you don’t make it, I don’t think -- in this country will see their taxes go up.”

Joe Biden in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2020: “And we’re going to do it without asking anyone who makes under $400,000 a year to pay one more penny in taxes. Guaranteed. My word on it.”

Joe Biden in Jonestown, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2020: “We’re going to do it all without raising a penny in taxes for anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 2, 2020: “Anyone making less than $400,000 a year won’t pay a penny more."

Joe Biden in Miami, Florida on October 5, 2020: “I’m not going to raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year. You won’t pay a penny more. I guarantee you.”

Kamala Harris during Vice Presidential Debate on October 7, 2020: “Joe Biden has been very clear. He will not raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden on Twitter, October 7, 2020: “Let me be clear: A Biden-Harris Administration won't increase taxes by a dime on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 9, 2020: “It’s not going to raise a penny in tax for anyone making less than $400,000 a year. Not a penny.”

Kamala Harris on Twitter, October 9, 2020: “Joe Biden has been very clear: he will not raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2020: “I’m not going to raise taxes on anybody making less than 400 grand.”

Joe Biden in Toledo, Ohio on October 12, 2020: “I’m not going to raise taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year."

Joe Biden in Pembroke Pines, Florida on October 13, 2020: “I’m not going to raise taxes on a single solitary American making less than $400,000 a year. You won’t pay a penny more. It’s a guarantee.”

Joe Biden on Twitter, October 15, 2020: “Let me be very clear: If you make under $400,000 you won’t pay a penny more in taxes under my administration.”

Joe Biden ABC Town Hall on October 15, 2020: 

Anthony Archer (Voter):  "Thank you, Mr. Vice President. You stated that anyone making less than $400,000 will not see one single penny of their taxes raised."

Biden: "That’s right."

Joe Biden in Michigan on October 16, 2020: “No one who makes less than $400,000 a year will pay a penny more.”

Kamala Harris in Orlando, Florida on October 19, 2020: “Joe Biden will not increase taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year, period.”

Kamala Harris in Jacksonville, Florida on October 19, 2020: “Taxes will not be raised on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Kamala Harris in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 20, 2020: “We will not increase taxes for anybody making under $400,000 a year.”

Kamala Harris in Asheville, North Carolina on October 21, 2020: “Joe Biden is saying, I’m not going to raise taxes on anybody who makes less than $400,000 a year.”

Kamala Harris in Atlanta, Georgia on October 23, 2020: “Which is why Joe Biden and I are saying, “One, taxes will not be raised on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2020: “None of you will have your taxes raised. Anyone making less than $400,000 will not see a penny in taxes raised."

Joe Biden on CBS 60 Minutes, October 25, 2020:

Biden: “Nobody making less than $400,000 will pay a penny more in tax under my proposal.”

Norah O'Donnell, CBS: "That's a promise?"

Biden: "That's a guarantee. A promise. I give you my word as a Biden. That's an absolute guarantee."

Joe Biden in Atlanta, Georgia on October 27, 2020: “I guarantee you -- no matter what you hear this president lying about -- no one making less than $400,000 a year will have one penny in taxes raised. Not one penny. It’s a guarantee.”

Kamala Harris in Reno, Nevada on October 27, 2020: "Joe Biden says we’re not going to increase taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year."

Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 27, 2020: “Joe Biden says, that we’re not going to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year."

Joe Biden in Atlanta, Georgia on October 27, 2020: “No one making less than $400,000 a year will have one penny in taxes raised. Not one penny. It's a guarantee.”

Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona on October 28, 2020: “We are not going to raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000 a year."

Kamala Harris in Tucson, Arizona on October 28, 2020: “Joe Biden who says, 'You want to deal with the economy, then one, we will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.'"

Joe Biden in Broward County, Florida on October 29, 2020: “We can do it without raising taxes on a single person making less than 400,000 bucks a year.”

Joe Biden in Tampa Bay, Florida on October 29, 2020: “And we can do it without raising taxes a single solitary penny on working class or middle class families. I guarantee you, my word as a Biden, no one making less than $400,000 will pay a single penny more in taxes. Not a penny.”

Kamala Harris in Fort Worth, Texas on October 30, 2020: “Joe Biden is committed to not raising taxes ever on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Des Moines, Iowa on October 30, 2020: “We can do it without raising a penny tax on the middle class. I guarantee you -- give you my word as a Biden -- no one making less than $400,000 a year will see a penny in their taxes raised, no one.”

Kamala Harris: in McAllen, Texas on October 30, 2020: “Let’s deal with the economy and not raise taxes for anyone who makes less than $400,000.”

Joe Biden in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 30, 2020:  “I promise you, you have my word, if you make less than $400,000 a year, you won’t pay a penny more in taxes.”

Joe Biden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 30, 2020: “I give you my word as a Biden, if you make less than $400,000 -- if I’m elected president -- you’re not going to see a penny of your taxes go up, not a penny.”

Kamala Harris in Houston, Texas on October 30, 2020: “Joe Biden says we will not raise taxes on anyone that makes less than $400,000 a year.”

Kamala Harris in Fort Worth, Texas on October 30, 2020: “Which is why Joe Biden is committed to not raising taxes ever on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Joe Biden in Detroit, Michigan on October 31, 2020: “Under my plan if you make less than $400,000 I guarantee you're not going to pay a penny more in taxes.”

Joe Biden in Flint, Michigan on October 31, 2020: “Under my plan, if you make less than $400,000 a year, you’re not going to pay a penny in additional taxes.”

Joe Biden on Twitter, November 1, 2020: "Under my tax plan, no one making under $400,000 will see their taxes go up. But it’s time large corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share."

Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio on November 2, 2020: “Under my plan, if you make less than $400,000, you won’t pay a single penny, more in taxes. You have my word on it.”

Joe Biden in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020: “We’re not going to raise taxes on anybody making less than 400,000 bucks a year.”

Joe Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020: "Under my plan I commit to you no one making less than 400 grand is going to see a penny in taxes raised."

Kamala Harris in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020: “Let me be clear, Joe and I will not increase taxes on anyone making under $400,000 a year, period.”

Joe Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 2, 2020: “Under my plan, as Kamala said, if you make less than 400,000 bucks, you’re not going to pay a penny more in taxes.”

Kamala Harris in Detroit, Michigan on November 3, 2020: “That’s why Joe says we’re not passing any taxes on anybody making less than $400,000 a year."

Kamala Harris on Twitter,  November 11, 2020: “As president, @JoeBiden will make corporations and the wealthiest finally pay their fair share—and he won’t ask a single person making under $400,000 per year to pay a penny more in taxes."

Kamala Harris on Twitter, November 21, 2020: “Let’s be clear: if you make under $400,000 a year, you won’t pay a penny more in taxes under a Biden-Harris administration.”

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The Democrat Attempt to Bully Tax-Cutting States Will Fail

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, 4:43 PM PERMALINK

Democrats are attempting but will fail to scare states out of making any adjustments to their tax code that would result in a tax cut.

In the $1.9 trillion spending package, Democrats are attempting to unconstitutionally coerce states against providing tax relief.

As noted in today's Wall Street Journal:

Democrats in Congress aren't satisfied with spending $1.09 trillion to help blue states and union friends. They've also launched a sneak attack against conservative states. Read their legislation's lips: No new state tax cuts.

The bill includes the following language:

“A State or territory shall not use the funds provided under this section or transferred pursuant to section 603(c)(4) to either directly or indirectly offset a reduction in the net tax revenue of such State or territory resulting from a change in law, regulation, or administrative interpretation during the covered period that reduces any tax (by providing for a reduction in a rate, a rebate, a deduction, a credit, or otherwise) or delays the imposition of any tax or tax increase.”

This is an attempt to prevent state tax competition as Democrat-run states do not compete well with low-tax states.

"Failed governors and mayors hate that their citizens and job-creating businesses are moving to lower-tax, better-governed states. They evidently convinced Democrat congressmen and Senators to try and use federal muscle to prevent a reduction in pro-growth states' taxes. Tax-hiking Democrats have trouble getting elected in pro-taxpayer states. So now they are trying to kneecap the growing and competitive states from Washington," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans of Tax Reform.

States such as New York, California and Illinois —which have been spending recklessly for decades —will still be allowed to use the bill's funds to directly grow the size of government or bail out government union pension funds.

There are currently eight states —Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming —that do not impose income taxes of any kind, and this number is expected to increase in the coming years. New Hampshire, which does not tax wage income, is looking to join this list of true no income tax states by phasing out its 5% tax on interest and dividends income. Several more states — including Arizona and Mississippi— are currently exploring ways to put their income taxes on the path to zero.

Republicans have full control of 23 state governments and 30 state legislatures.

Democrats have full control of just 15 state governments and 18 state legislatures.

Competition between low-tax states and high-tax states allows voters to see a clear contrast between success and failure. Democrats know that taxpayers have already been voting with their feet. Over the last decade, millions of people and jobs have moved from high-tax states into states with low or no income taxes, and the ability to work remotely will only amplify this trend.

Democrats will fail in their attempt to bully the tax-cutting states. Onward.

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ATR Opposes H.R. 1082 -- Sami's Law -- A Bill to Impose Federal Regulation of Ridesharing

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, 7:00 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform opposes H.R. 1082, Sami's Law:

This Nancy Pelosi-driven bill is part of the Left's government-wide, full-court press against Americans working as independent contractors. Pelosi hopes to ram the bill through the House immediately without hearings or scrutiny.

H.R. 1082 would give Washington D.C. more power by imposing federal government regulation of Americans who use or provide ridesharing services. Ridesharing is already heavily regulated by state and local governments. This bill is a federal intrusion into ridesharing and comes with heavy-handed mandates and enforcement mechanisms from Washington.

The author of H.R. 1082  is a New Jersey congressman tight with labor union bosses. He even voted to ban Right to Work and voted to impose California-style restrictions on independent contractors and freelancers. Rep. Chris Smith voted for the top priority of union bosses called the PRO Act which declares war on the tens of millions of Americans working as freelancers and independent contractors. It would impose on a national level the same independent-contractor destroying scheme imposed by California Democrats -- AB 5 -- which destroyed the livelihood of countless California households. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have also endorsed the PRO Act, which imposes a national ban on Right to Work states. 166 million Americans live in the 27 Right to Work states.

H.R. 1082 will create a new 17-member federal regulatory commission that the Biden administration will stack with anti-independent contractor personnel. Democrats want to take away the independent contractor status of rideshare drivers and force them to become employees with a union-dues-collecting boss. They will use the commission -- under the guise of safety -- to regulate independent contractor drivers out of existence.

The Biden administration will fill the commission with heavy-handed central planners who will ensure states cannot compete with each other.  H.R. 1082 will impose the equivalent of a taxi commission on a national scale to specifically saddle ridesharing with one-size-fits-all regulations. Ridesharing emerged in the first place because Americans were desperate to find an alternative to the innovation-stifling taxi commissions and entrenched taxi industry players who provided bad service at excessive cost. The bill would also allow the Biden administration to detail to the new commission -- at taxpayer expense -- an unlimited quantity of bureaucrats and political appointees from Biden's Department of Transportation.

Democrats will move to impose vehicle inspection mandates on states and withhold highway funds for states which do not impose a vehicle inspection regime. Democrats have already written down their next step: force states to impose a vehicle inspection regime. If states fail to comply, Washington will cut off 2.5% of their highway funds. This provision was spelled out in a version of the bill put forth by Sen. Ben Cardin (D - Md.) during the last congress.

The private sector has already developed extensive ridesharing safety features. Ridesharing services have voluntarily and proactively developed a variety of safety features for riders and drivers, including but not limited to the name and photo of the driver, the make, model, and color of the vehicle, the license plate number, as well as the ability for riders to share their realtime trip status with family and friends who can see their exact location and time of arrival.

The bill runs counter to Americans of all political stripes who widely recognize rideshare drivers as independent contractors. By a 3-1 ratio, Americans consider rideshare drivers to be independent contractors and not employees, according to a landmark Pew Research Center survey. The survey found that most Americans who were aware of the regulatory debate do not consider rideshare drivers to be employees, and believe the government should use a light regulatory touch in this area of the economy. As noted by Pew, "the clear preference for a light regulatory approach among partisans in all camps is striking." And as mentioned previously in this post, ridesharing is already regulated by state and local governments.

Pew also found that most recognize rideshare apps as software companies that connect drivers with people looking for a ride.

Here are the Pew Research graphs showing these two results:

Federal regulation of ridesharing could hinder America's recovery from the pandemic. Between work, family, and school commitments, households and neighborhoods benefit from the flexibility afforded by ridesharing. And by a 5:1 ratio, the Pew survey found that residents of majority-minority neighborhoods say rideshare services “serve neighborhoods taxis won’t visit." The study notes: "Ride-hailing services are seen by minorities as a benefit to areas underserved by taxis."

Below is a graph displaying these results.

The convenience and non-discriminatory nature of ridesharing has provided another form of mobility to communities otherwise left unserved. This factor will become even more important as Americans recover from the pandemic. Members of Congress should steer clear of H.R. 1082.

 

 

 


Team Biden Ready to Stick You With a Carbon Tax

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Posted by ATR on Friday, December 18th, 2020, 10:44 AM PERMALINK

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have endorsed a carbon tax, as have most of their cabinet selections.

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Video: Yes, Biden Will Ban Fracking

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, 9:20 AM PERMALINK


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to ban fracking. Watch:


Even in a Pandemic, Biden Vows to Impose Higher Corporate Tax Rate Than Communist China

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 9:00 AM PERMALINK


During a speech in Pennsylvania today, Joe Biden said this of the U.S. corporate tax rate:

"I'm gonna raise it back up to 28 percent."

So even during a pandemic, Biden vowed to raise the current 21 percent U.S. corporate tax rate all the way up to 28 percent -- a 33 percent increase in the rate.

Biden would impose on Americans a higher corporate tax rate than Communist China’s 25%.

President Trump and congressional Republicans lowered the federal corporate tax rate from the Obama-Biden era 35 percent rate down to the current 21 percent rate as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Before Trump took office, America’s corporate rate was the highest in the developed world.

Biden also wants to double the capital gains tax to 40 percent for everyone:

  • On Oct. 23, 2019 Biden said: “So every single solitary person, their capital gains are going to be treated like real income and they are going to pay 40 percent on their capital gains tax."
     
  • On Sept. 30, 2019 Biden said: I’m gonna double the capital gains rate to 40 percent."
     
  • On Oct. 15, 2020: Biden said"I would raise the capital gains tax to the highest rate of 39.5 percent, I would double it."
     
  • On Aug. 21, 2019: Biden said“The capital gains tax should be at what the highest minimum tax should be, we should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent instead of 20 percent."


Biden also vows to "eliminate" the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which provided across the board tax cuts for households and small businesses. Such a repeal would raise taxes on a median income family of four by $2,000 per year, and raise taxes on a median income single parent with one child by $1,300 per year.

Keep track of Biden’s tax hikes at www.ATR.org/HighTaxJoe

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Norquist on Newsmax TV's Spicer & Co.

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, 7:13 PM PERMALINK

Today ATR president Grover Norquist was a guest on Newsmax TV's Spicer & Co. hosted by Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith for a segment on taxes, spending, and China.

Norquist praised Trump and congressional Republicans for lowering the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Norquist urged a further rate cut to 10 percent and pointed out that Joe Biden wants to raise the rate to 28 percent, higher than communist China's 25 percent corporate rate:

"Every country in the world had lower business taxes than we did. That's how goofy and destructive our tax system was [before Trump] -- it was pushing American jobs overseas. We took it from 35% to 21% and we now have a lower rate than China."

Watch the interview here.

Spicer & Co. airs Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm Eastern on Newsmax TV.


Biden Lands Endorsement from Left Wing Climate Group and Vows "Environmental Justice"

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Posted by ATR on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, 11:00 AM PERMALINK

Joe Biden landed a major endorsement from a "climate" group on Monday and signaled he is about to move even further to the left on the issue, vowing "environmental justice."

After the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Biden, he said:

"To achieve this aim, I have asked my campaign to commence a process to meaningfully engage with more voices from the climate movement — including environmental justice leaders and worker organizations, and collaborate on additional policies in areas ranging from environmental justice to new, concrete goals we can achieve within a decade, to more investments in a clean energy economy."

Biden has already pledged to impose the following Green New Deal-style diktats:

"We are going to get rid of fossil fuels," Biden said during a town hall in February.

Well I agree with you 100 percent. We should not be allowing plastic [bags]," Biden told a voter on January 8.

"Yeah, no, I would [Support A Carbon Tax]," Biden said during a CNN climate town hall on September 4.

Voter: "But like, what about, say, stopping fracking?"

Biden: "Yes."

Voter: "And stopping pipeline infrastructure?"

Biden: "Yes" said Biden on January 24.

Biden even told coal miners they should "learn how to program, for god's sake!"

"Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well...Give me a break! Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for god's sake!” Biden said.

With that in mind, what else can Biden ban in his attempt to lure over people who voted for Bernie Sanders?

If you want to stay up-to-date on Biden's threats to raise taxes, visit www.atr.org/HighTaxJoe

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