Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) creates new caucus, organized by Sen. Jeff Drozda, for Indiana state senators who believe in taxpayers\\\\\\\’ rights and are committed to stop tax hikes.

WASHINGTON – Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), America\\\\\\\’s leading taxpayer advocacy organization, announced the formation of the "Taxpayer Protection Caucus" for the Indiana Senate. The caucus will be headed by Sen. Jeff Drozda of (R-Westfield), a long time advocate for hard-working families.

The creation of the caucus comes as no surprise, as state after state around the nation has fallen victim to overspending in its capital, and threatened taxpayers with potential tax hikes. Currently, 44 states around the nation are running these potential deficits that threaten taxpayers.

"Protecting taxpayers should be the first priority of any legislator," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, who heads ATR in Washington. "Sen. Jeff Drozda has shown bold leadership in fighting against tax hikes in Indiana, and taxpayers all across the state owe him a great debt of gratitude," he continued.

To join the caucus, legislators must sign and keep ATR\\\\\\\’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written promise to their constituents to "oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes." Every state (with the exception of Nebraska) will have both a Senate and House Taxpayer Protection Caucus, consisting of all pledge signers in the legislature.

The Caucus will work to build consensus among like-minded senators to protect taxpayers from excessive state spending and deficit budgets. The caucus will help unite legislators who believe in the same principle – no new taxes. Considering the budget battles all states will face in the upcoming years, taxes will be very high on the radar screen of the media.

"It is tremendously important that pro-taxpayer leaders in statehouses across the nation are on the same page, not only in terms of rhetoric, but policy as well," continued Norquist. "The best thing for taxpayers is that pro-tax officials will have the fortitude to stop deficit spending."