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NM Senate and AL-05 Candidates Join Cadre of Federal 2020 Signers

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Posted by Adam Radman, Victoria Snitsar on Thursday, May 16th, 2019, 1:10 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) thanks New Mexico Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson and Alabama 5th District candidate Chris Lewis for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the Pledge, these gentlemen have made the commitment to oppose and vote against any and all tax increases as federal officeholders.

Gavin Clarkson is running in the Republican primary for New Mexico’s open Senate seat, currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Udall.  The Cook Political Report rates this seat as “Likely Democrat”.

Clarkson served in the Trump administration’s Department of the Interior as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Economic Development – Indian Affairs. 

Chris Lewis is running in a Republican primary for Alabama’s 5th congressional district seat, currently held by Rep. Mo Brooks. Brooks has signed and kept the Pledge as an elected official. The Cook Political Report rates this seat as “Solid Republican”.

Lewis is a retired U.S. Naval Officer, who served multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors and US Senators, have signed the Pledge.

ATR will continue to follow these races closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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ATR Congratulates Pledge Signer Dan Bishop on NC-09 GOP Primary Win

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Posted by Adam Radman, Victoria Snitsar on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, 2:41 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Pledge signer Dan Bishop on winning the NC-09 Republican Primary last night.  As a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he has made a written commitment to the people of North Carolina to oppose and vote against any and all tax increases if elected to Congress. 

Bishop joins Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and all Republican members of the North Carolina congressional delegation in making this commitment to Tar Heel State taxpayers.

“We are ecstatic that taxpayers have a true ally in NC-09 Republican primary winner Dan Bishop. I challenge his opponent Democrat Dan McCready to make the same commitment to taxpayers before the special election, and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” said Grover Norquist, President of ATR.

McCready has yet to sign the pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes. As a political outsider, he has no legislative track record and voters deserve to know where stands on taxes. In a Facebook post from December of 2017, McCready called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “just one more in a never-ending string of failures from Washington.”

Bishop currently represents the 39th district, south-central Mecklenburg County, in the North Carolina State Senate. From 2015 to 2017, he served one term in the North Carolina House Representatives and two terms on the Mecklenburg County Commission. In addition to signing the federal Pledge, Bishop also signed the state Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a member of the NC State Legislature.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will never raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the pledge.

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IA-04 Candidate Jeremy Taylor Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

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Posted by Victoria Snitsar on Monday, May 13th, 2019, 2:00 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates Mr. Jeremy Taylor for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the Pledge, he has made a written commitment to oppose all tax increases and help Iowans’ keep more of their hard-earned money. Taylor is running in a contested Republican primary for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat.

“I want to congratulate Jeremy Taylor for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and in doing so, affirming his commitment to protect taxpayers in Iowa’s 4th congressional district,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR. 

Candidates running for office often say they will not raise taxes, but tend to turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. As Pledge signers, candidates and incumbents make a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. 

“By signing the Pledge, Jeremy demonstrates that he will fight for all Iowans in Congress by working to keep their taxes low and grow the U.S. economy at historic rates. I challenge all candidates running in Iowa’s 4th District to make this important commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

The Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors and US Senators, have signed the Pledge.

Taylor is currently a country supervisor in Woodbury County, Iowa’s fifth largest county. Taylor previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives, where he advocated against bloated government spending and for balanced budgets. A specialist in the energy industry, Taylor dedicated himself to finding operational inefficiencies in energy usage by the Sioux City School District. 

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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“Mayor Pete” Calls for Steep Tax Hike on Homes and Businesses

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Posted by Victoria Snitsar on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 5:30 PM PERMALINK

 

Call him “Tax Hike Pete.” 

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has paired up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to impose a tax increase that will hit residents of all income levels.

Buttigieg today joined Garcetti at a rally hosted by SEIU union bosses to endorse a “parcel tax hike” on homes and businesses, known as Measure EE. Paying the rent will become more difficult for residents, and the cost of living will rise.

This new tax burden on residents would come in the form of a 16 cent/square foot tax on every parcel of taxable property within the L.A. Unified School District. The tax would not only be applied to living spaces and businesses, but could also end up hitting home garages.

Kowtowing to the union bosses, Buttigieg called the measure "absolutely vital," as locals took to Twitter to express their opposition.

“It will make my increased property taxes very difficult for me to pay. I’m struggling. Just because I own a home it doesn’t mean I have deep pockets, it’s the exact opposite and this could break me,” said resident Maria Fischer, on Twitter.
 
“Angelenos already pay some of the highest taxes in the country. How about the monies that have already been earmarked for schools and road repair and the homeless start actually going to those things,” said resident Dawn Rice.

As noted by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the tax would hit residents hard:

The tax would add hundreds of dollars to tax bills and rents and would do so in a convoluted manner. Rather than a flat tax on every parcel — which would be bad enough — the proposed tax increase would be 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the district.

That’s $160 for every 1,000 square feet. Property owners (and tenants) should be sitting down when they do the math on this one.

Seniors are ostensibly exempt from the tax, but not from rent increases. Properties used as the principal residence of owners who are age 65 or older, or on disability, are eligible for an exemption, but there’s no exemption from the higher rents or higher prices that result from the tax hike. Also, seniors should be very cautious about the so-called “exemption,” as in many instances it’s necessary to re-apply for them every year.

Buttigieg, who fashions himself an everyman, has let the American people know that if elected, he will put tax hikes and union bosses first.

Politico recently reported that Buttigieg has “newfound popularity among Hollywood and Silicon Valley donors.”

Newsflash, Mayor Pete. Americans won’t take kindly to your rallies with left wing Los Angeles union bosses and your lucrative fundraisers with elitist Hollywood friends, especially when it involves higher taxes.

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17 Arkansas Republicans Violate “No Tax Pledge” with Vote for Gas Taxes

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Posted by Victoria Snitsar on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 2:30 PM PERMALINK

Last week, state lawmakers in Arkansas passed a gas tax out of their chambers, the likes of which has not been seen since 1999.

Thanks to 17 state legislators, Arkansas now has the highest gas tax in the region. Senate Bill 336 - now Act 416 - will go into effect on October 1st increasing the excise tax on gasoline by 3 cents, raising the overall tax to 24.5 cents/gallon. It will also raise the excise tax on diesel fuel by 6 cents, making that overall tax 28.5 cents/gallon.

The hardworking people of Arkansas have the following flip-flopping “yes” men (and women) to thank for making them fork over more cash at the pump:

  • Sen. Jane English
  • Sen. Scott Flippo
  • Sen. Missy Irvin
  • Sen. Blake Johnson
  • Sen. Jason Rapert
  • Sen. Terry Rice
  • Sen. Gary Stubblefield
  • Rep. Harlan Breaux
  • Rep. Mary Bentley
  • Rep. Charlene Fite
  • Rep. Mike Holcomb
  • Rep. Lane Jean
  • Rep. Reginald Murdock
  • Rep. Laurie Rushing
  • Rep. John Rye
  • Rep. Brandt Smith
  • Rep. Danny Watson
     

View the graphic included at the top of this page to see how all of our pledge signers in the Arkansas Legislature voted on the measure.

According to the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette, some lawmakers were unsure if their vote violated our Pledge. Let us be clear, tax increases hurt taxpayers as much as any new tax does. Prior to the vote, we sent a letter to all of our Arkansas pledge signers encouraging them to vote no on SB 336. Those who supported SB 336 knowingly joined our list of pledge violators.

As disappointed as we are with those who have betrayed their pledge to the Arkansans who support our mission, we also applaud the work of other members of the Arkansas legislature such as Senate Republican leader Bart Hester of Cave Spring who did not vote for either tax increase presented to the legislature this cycle. Les Eaves, Josh Miller, Clint Penzo, and Rebecca Petty also kept their promises and protected Arkansas’ taxpayers.


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