Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) creates new caucus, organized by Sen. Alex Mooney, for legislators in Maryland who firmly believe in the rights of the taxpayers and are committed to stop tax increases.

WASHINGTON – Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), America\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s leading taxpayer advocacy organization, announced the formation of the "Taxpayer Protection Caucus" for the Maryland legislature. The caucus will be headed by state senator Alex Mooney of District 3.

The creation of the caucus comes as no surprise, as state after state around the nation have fallen victim to overspending in their capitals, which has threatened taxpayers with potential tax increases. Currently, 44 states around the nation are running these potential deficits that threaten taxpayers.

"Protecting taxpayers should be the first priority of any legislator elected to a state legislature," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, who heads ATR in Washington. "Sen. Mooney has shown bold leadership in fighting against tax hikes in Maryland, and taxpayers all across the state owe him a 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 seek to provide a single voice on tax issues among pro-taxpayer legislators. For many, it is difficult to be a stand-alone Pledge signer. The caucus will create an entire body of legislators that believe in the same principle – no new taxes. Considering the budget battles all states will face in the upcoming year, taxes will be very high on the radar screen of the media. Journalists will be able to go to the chair or vice-chair of the caucus for comments on tax issues.

"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 is that unless they want to be driven into electoral oblivion, legislative tax-hikers will be left knee-deep in a quagmire. What will they call themselves? The Tax-Me-More-To-Fund-Pork caucus?"