Daily Media Spotlight for August 20, 2013


Posted by Alyssa Canobbio on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, 5:28 PM PERMALINK

Katie McAuliffe, executive director of Digital Liberty and federal affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an Op-Ed for the Houston Chronicle about legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, to block patent trolls:

            “Patent trolls don't create anything; they are non-practicing, non-creating shell companies. They merely buy patents as they become available and start taking companies to court with the goal of getting cash through settlements. Their targets range from small-dollar startups to major retailers.”

 

Patrick Gleason, director of State Affairs at Americans for Tax Reform, spoke about reducing the top income tax from 7.75% to 5.75% in North Carolina:

            ““North Carolina, with a 25 percent reduction in the top rate, pretty much blew the other states away,” Gleason said. Gleason and Elizabeth Malm, an economist with the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, said that North Carolina ranks at the top of the nation in magnitude of tax reforms this year.”

Chris Prandoni, federal affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform, discussed lowering the EPA’s funding and climate change with Elana Schor of E&E Publishing:

            “"OFA/Obama present the public with a false choice: Politicians are either knuckle-dragging members of the Flat Earth Society or believe that anthropogenic activity is the driving factor determining present climate (Hurricane Sandy, droughts, etc.) and future climate."

 

Small Business against Big Government wrote about the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is a tax dressed up in sheep’s wool:

            “1. Will the MFA take more money out of people’s pockets and put more into government accounts?  That is, if the MFA becomes law, at the end of each year will consumers see more of their money go to government and less to themselves?

Answer:  Yes, state legislatures – the biggest proponents of the MFA – say it will increase the amount of taxes paid to them by citizens.”

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