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Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill Pays "Experts and Consultants" Up to $164,200 Per Year

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Posted by ATR on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, 10:16 AM PERMALINK

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo's $800 billion carbon tax hike bill establishes a "National Climate Commission." The authors of the bill wrote themselves in as beneficiaries: the Commission is authorized to "procure the services of experts and consultants."

The Commission is authorized to pay the lovely "experts and consultants" up to $164,200 per year. 

Let's go to the bill text:

CONSULTANT SERVICES. -- The Commission is authorized to procure the services of experts and consultants in accordance with section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for a position at level 4 of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code.

So how much cash can each of these "experts and consultants" get from the Commission each year?

According to the Office of Personnel Management, level 4 of the Executive Schedule pays up to $164,200 per year.

The legions of left wing DC swamp-based "Experts and consultants" pushing for a carbon tax on the American people will be pleased to hear of their new revenue source.

Related:

Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households 

Carbon Taxers Beware: Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau’s Carbon Tax

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks.” 

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia’s Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office

Endorsing a carbon tax is bad for your electoral health, even in Vermont

41 conservative groups urge support for @SteveScalise @RepMcKinley anti-carbon-tax resolution  

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax 

More details coming. Stay tuned to www.atr.org

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Curbelo's Carbon Tax Would Hike Household Energy Bills by $688

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Posted by ATR on Saturday, July 21st, 2018, 9:48 PM PERMALINK

 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo will introduce an $800 billion net tax increase on Monday, a massive carbon tax on the American people. Curbelo will release the bill Monday at 9:00 a.m. during an event at the National Press Club hosted by Columbia University.

Household energy bills will go up as a direct result of the Curbelo carbon tax. That's according to the actual report accompanying the bill release. Yes, Curbelo will be on stage attempting to defend a carbon tax hike that raises energy bills, all because of him.

Let's go to the report:

Under the Curbelo proposal, the carbon tax increases wholesale electricity prices, and these increases flow through to retail rates.

The report also states that the price of gas will increase up to 11 cents per gallon.

So how much is this going to cost people?

The report states:

Per capita energy expenditures will increase by about $275 in 2020

Note the report gets cute by using per capita instead of per household.

There are 2.5 people per household, according to the Census Bureau.

$275 x 2.5 = $688

So: Thanks to the Curbelo carbon tax bill, your household energy costs would increase $688 in one year alone, in 2020.

Good luck explaining that one, congressman.

 

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Scoop: Details of the Job-Crushing Curbelo Carbon Tax Bill

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Posted by ATR on Friday, July 20th, 2018, 10:29 AM PERMALINK

On Monday July 23 Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) will introduce a bill to impose a massive carbon tax on his constituents and the American people.

Details:

Imposes a massive tax directly on American manufacturers. Bill excerpt: “The point of taxation shall be for products manufactured in the United States, the manufacturing facility.”

Gives unfettered power to the EPA chief to impose carbon taxes. The bill makes a long list of industries subject to the carbon tax, and then lets the EPA boss add to that list at will. Bill excerpt: The EPA Administrator may “add any product to this list by rule.”

Encourages states to impose carbon taxes on top of the federal carbon tax. Americans will end up paying federal AND state carbon taxes.

Abusive penalties for non-payment of carbon taxes. The penalty amount is “equal to 3 times the applicable amount”. Bill excerpt: Americans shall be liable for payment to the Secretary, without demand, of a penalty equal to 3 times the applicable amount specified by those sections for the same tax year as the year in which the person failed to comply with such requirements.”

Authorizes a UN-style “National Climate Commission."

Authorizes said “National Climate Commission” to shovel taxpayer money to “consultants”. The left wing activists who authored the bill wrote themselves in as beneficiaries. Bill excerpt: “The Commission is authorized to procure the services of experts and consultants”.

“This is a direct attack on American manufacturing and competitiveness,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “It also sets up an earmark for left wing activists who would be paid as ‘consultants’ with taxpayer money.”


Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households 

Carbon Taxers Beware: Canadians Revolt Against Trudeau’s Carbon Tax

Center for American Progress Founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks.” 

Carbon Tax Pushers Beware: Australia’s Carbon Tax Politicians Were Quickly Voted Out of Office

Endorsing a carbon tax is bad for your electoral health, even in Vermont

41 conservative groups urge support for @SteveScalise @RepMcKinley anti-carbon-tax resolution  

Even Left-Leaning Washington State Voters Rejected a Carbon Tax 

More details coming. Stay tuned to www.atr.org

 

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ATR Statement on Passage of Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution


Posted by ATR on Thursday, July 19th, 2018, 11:00 AM PERMALINK

 

Americans for Tax Reform issued the following statement upon passage of the Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon-Tax Resolution:

Congressional Democrats have announced that they will impose a national energy tax on the American people. This will be a central issue in the November election. The contrast could not be clearer: Democrats will raise your taxes, Republicans will not.

Carbon taxes are so harmful to households that even Hillary Clinton rejected a carbon tax. A study prepared by Clinton’s advisers found that a carbon tax would have a disproportionate impact on low income households, would cause gas prices to increase 40 cents a gallon, would cause electricity prices to increase 12%-21%, would cause household energy bills to go up $480 a year, and would increase the cost of household goods and services. It was so bad, even Hillary Clinton decided against a carbon tax.

Congressional Democrats are now to the Left of Hillary Clinton on the carbon tax. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.

Carbon taxes are toxic with voters, even in left-leaning areas. Politicians who impose carbon taxes are routinely kicked out of office. Australian politicians imposed a carbon tax in 2012 and were quickly thrown out of office by voters in 2013. The Australian carbon tax was repealed in 2014.

True-blue Washington state voters rejected a carbon tax ballot measure in 2016, by a 60-40 margin.

Endorsing a carbon tax is bad for your electoral health, even in Vermont where the Republican anti-carbon-tax candidate defeated the Democrat pro-carbon-tax candidate to win the governorship.

Even Canadians are revolting against the carbon tax. The carbon tax is so unpopular in Canada that it is emerging as the most potent issue for the 2019 elections.

It’s no wonder that the Founder of the Center for American Progress said, "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks.” 

This was affirmed by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, who said this of a carbon tax: “To be clear: It’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one."  

ATR commends Congressmen Steve Scalise and David McKinley for taking the lead in fighting back against the efforts of the Democrats to raise taxes on American families and businesses.

 

 

 

 

 


Hillary Clinton Memo Shows Carbon Tax Devastating to Low Income Households

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, July 19th, 2018, 4:00 AM PERMALINK

 

--The memo's findings were so bad, even Hillary Clinton rejected a carbon tax--

As congress considers the Scalise/McKinley anti-carbon-tax resolution today, members of both parties should cite a 2015 carbon tax memo prepared for then-candidate Hillary Clinton which shows that a carbon tax would be devastating to low income households.

The Hillary Clinton memo stated that a carbon tax would be passed on to consumers, would have a disproportionate impact on low income households, would cause gas prices to increase 40 cents a gallon, would cause electricity prices to increase 12%-21%, would cause household energy bills to go up $480 a year, and would increase the cost of household goods and services. (See the actual memo excerpts below).

It was so bad, even Hillary Clinton decided against a carbon tax.

Consider:

The Hillary memo states the cost of the carbon tax will be passed on to consumers: “While oil, natural gas, and coal companies would be responsible for paying the fee, they would likely pass a significant share of the associated cost on to their customers.”

The Hillary memo states that a carbon tax would have a disproportionate impact on low income households: “As with the increase in energy costs, the increase in the cost of nonenergy goods and services would disproportionately impact low income households.”

The Hillary memo states that a carbon tax would cause gas prices increase 40 cents a gallon and residential electricity prices to increase 12% - 21%: “In our analysis, for example, a $42/ton GHG fee increases gasoline prices by roughly 40 cents per gallon on average between 2020 and 2030 and residential electricity prices by 2.6 cents per kWh, 12% and 21% above levels projected in the EIA’s 2014 Annual Energy Outlook respectively.

The Hillary memo states a carbon tax would cause household energy bills to go up significantly:Average household energy costs would increase by roughly $480 per year, or 10% relative to the levels projected in EIA’s 2014 Outlook.”

The Hillary memo states that a carbon tax would increase the cost of household goods and services: “The cost of other household goods and services would increase as well as companies pass forward the higher energy costs paid to produce those goods and services on to consumers.”

Source: MEMORANDUM FOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Date of Memo: Jan. 20, 2015

Published by E&E News on Oct. 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hillary's campaign manager on a carbon tax: "To be clear: It’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one.”

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, 6:10 PM PERMALINK

On June 23, 2015 Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote this about a carbon tax:
 
"To be clear: It’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one.”
 
On Jan. 7, 2015 Hillary Clinton campaign chairman and founder of the Center for American Progress John Podesta wrote:
 
"We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

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Center for American Progress founder: "We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, 6:05 PM PERMALINK

 
On Jan. 7, 2015 Hillary Clinton campaign chairman and founder of the Center for American Progress John Podesta wrote:
 
"We have done extensive polling on a carbon tax. It all sucks."
 
On June 23, 2015 Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote this about a carbon tax:
 
"To be clear: It’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one.”
 
 

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Tennessee Looks to Rein In Costly Regulations

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, 5:47 PM PERMALINK

If you talk to business owners today, many will tell you that costly and complex regulations are just as much of a problem for them, if not more so, than high taxes. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has released a report documenting how the federal regulatory costs are now greater than federal personal and corporate income tax collections combined. Burdensome state regulations are also a major problem. Some smart, forward thinking state legislators are looking for ways to address the problem.


Tennessee are currently looking to implement an important safeguard against rising regulatory costs. House Bill 1739, a bill introduced by Tennessee Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), would dramatically reduce the ability of unelected state bureaucrats to enact costly new regulations that harm consumers and businesses in the Volunteer State. If enacted, HB 1739 would require that any proposed regulation with an economic impact of more than one million dollars over three years would need legislative approval in order to take effect.


Rep. Daniel’s bill is sponsored by 48 of the 98 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives. If HB 1739 if approved, Tennessee would be only the second state in the country to pass such a law at the state level, following Wisconsin, which passed a similar law last year. Like Rep. Daniel’s bill now pending in Tennessee, that Wisconsin bill, which was introduced by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), takes the same approach to tackling regulatory overreach as the federal REINS Act (which has passed the House but stalled in the Senate, since Republicans don’t have the 60 votes necessary for passage in that chamber). Rep. Daniel’s bill, however, institutes a lower economic impact threshold beyond which legislative approval is needed. The recently-enacted Wisconsin REINS Act requires legislative approval regulations with an economic impact greater than $10 million, which is ten times the threshold set by Rep. Daniel’s bill.


Americans for Tax Reform will continue to urge Tennessee lawmakers to support and pass HB 1739. If lawmakers in other states are looking for a ways to protect their constituents from costly, growth-reducing regulations, the state-level versions of the REINS Act that passed in Wisconsin and is now pending in Tennessee is a great model to adopt.

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Think Progress Hates On Twinkie Maker Hostess, Declares $1,250 Tax Reform Bonuses "phony"

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 5:00 PM PERMALINK

Over 300 companies have already announced tax reform bonuses, pay raises, and 401(k) hikes. Kansas City-based Hostess Brands, Inc. is one of them. They make Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Zingers, Donettes, Sno Balls, and other delicious items.

Thanks to tax reform, employees will receive a $750 cash bonus, plus $500 in 401(k) contributions, plus free snacks for a year.

As reported by Bloomberg:

A representative from each of Hostess's bakeries will choose a product each week, and the employees will be able to take home a multipack of that item.

Sounds awesome, right? Sign me up.

But the elitist lefties over at Think Progress have been desperately attempting to dismiss all of the good news stemming from tax reform and the Hostess bonuses really sent them over the edge. They declared the Hostess bonuses to be "phony."

In a Think Progress post today titled "Hostess hands out phony tax bill bonuses with a twist" they write:

The company, which makes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, announced on Thursday that it is giving employees a one-time bonus of $1,250, with $750 of that in cash and $500 in the form of a 401(k) contribution. In a borderline on-the-nose move, Hostess is also giving employees one free multibox of snacks per week in addition to the small bonus. (Let them eat cake, right?)

Yet another sign the Left is out of touch.

Democrats and most media outlets continue to dismiss or altogether ignore the good news about tax reform. American workers do not agree with the “crumbs” comments of Democrat Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

In their own words, here’s what Americans have to say about their tax reform bonuses and pay raises:

“I’ve got a vehicle I’m trying to get ready for my daughter. She needs transportation, so it [bonus] will help me out in that instance very much.” [Link]

"I’ve never really had anything like this happen before," said 24-year-old Brian Robertson, a mover with Broadway Express. "It’s the first job I’ve ever had to get any kind of bonus or anything." [Link]

“Anytime your paycheck increases, it’s definitely a good thing for your family," said Kristi Stoddard. "It’s nice to see they’re putting money back into the middle class." [Link]

"We’ll be able to pay more bills," said Rich Stoddard. "We might be able to go out for dinner. Do the little things we might not be able to do until this kicks in. Honestly, your paycheck, you know where it’s going even before you get it. Now we have a little extra." [Link]

“I’m very grateful for the bonus and raise I received,” said Shawn Joy, who has worked as an applicator/operator at the business for about five years. [Link]

Hair stylist Breitanya Williams spent part of her bonus fixing the taillights on her Buick Rendezvous — the only vehicle she and her husband own that will fit all four of their young children. Another portion of Williams’ extra money went toward subscribing to a workout program. “That’s like my life-changing part,” said Williams, 25. “I just had my fourth child in five years … (and I’m) trying to make my family and myself healthier.” [Link]

Williams’ colleague Laura Naven also put her bonus toward her family. She paid down hospital bills left over from when she gave birth to her 4-month-old and put some money into savings. “I have two kids, so building up the savings is key right now,” said Naven, 33, general manager at Five Senses. [Link]

“The tax reform package is becoming increasingly popular with every headline,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “All this before Americans see higher take-home pay and lower tax withholding this month when 90% of Americans will first see their gains in their paycheck. Every two weeks from February to November Americans will be reminded that one party cut their taxes and raised their pay. And the other tried to stop it.”

Pass the Twinkies.

 

 

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Enviros Push Meat Tax

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, 5:13 PM PERMALINK

[See Also: List of Companies Giving Tax Reform Bonuses and Raises]

Environmentalists are targeting your hamburgers and buffalo wings with a “Meat Tax.” And they claim they have “never been closer to a meat tax.”
 
As reported by Bloomberg Law: 

Hamburger addicts, barbecue junkies, and fried chicken fanatics may soon be asked to pay a surcharge for their obsessions with meat.

Excise taxes on beef, pork, and chicken could be the next big thing in a state and local tax environment that’s already comfortable with “sin tax” regimes aimed at cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and gambling and is adapting quickly to special levies on sugar-sweetened beverages, greenhouse gases, and marijuana.

While there are no current legislative proposals imposing state or local surcharges on meat, a growing number of public health, environmental, and animal rights advocates are bullish on tax schemes addressing the mounting social costs of meat production and consumption.

“We have never been closer to a meat tax,” said Ashley Byrne, associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “We have seen people—including meat eaters—realizing that meat is bad for their health and meat is taking this incredible toll on the environment. People seem more open than ever to an excise tax on meat. If we are going to tax tobacco, if we are going to tax soda, it absolutely makes sense to have a similar tax on meat.

Americans for Tax Reform opposes a meat tax. “Americans hate new taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “New taxes on a basic consumer product like meat is doubly unpopular and will end more political careers than your usual dumb tax idea."

[See Also: List of Companies Giving Tax Reform Bonuses and Raises]

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