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As California Goes, So Goes New York

... Aaaand probably the federal government.Over at the Atlantic, Megan McArdle takes on the question "Is California too big to fail?" Short answer?  Nope.

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As California Goes, So Goes New York

... Aaaand probably the federal government.Over at the Atlantic, Megan McArdle takes on the question "Is California too big to fail?" Short answer?  Nope.

05/20/2009
Another Tax Hike for Wisconsin?

From the “no surprises there” file comes State Representative Terese Berceau’s plan to raise Wisconsin’s beer tax.  News like this just goes to show that once you start down the slippery slope of taxes and fees instead of pro-growth policies, there’s no stopping.  Take Action and tell your leaders you oppose this tax hike scheme.FreedomWorks members from the Dairy State know that we’ve been actively opposing a cigarette tax hike and other fees that have been on the legislative table.  In an email last month, FreedomWorks explained how that cigarette tax, which would make just the state taxes alone more than $2.52 per pack, wouldn’t begin to fill the budget holes.  And that in fact, if high taxes were the path to prosperity then Wisconsin should be doing great!It’s clear that some in Madison haven’t gotten the message and are now piling on even more tax hikes. The latest plan is a beer tax that would raise the cost of a six-pack by 50 cents.  That might not seem like a lot from a big desk in the capitol, but these days every penny counts.  The beer tax is a perfect example of why FreedomWorks fights to oppose all tax hikes, even ones that you might think won’t affect you.  That’s because without cutting spending and adjusting the state’s bottom line the money will never be enough. First, people will go across state lines, to the black market, the internet, and Indian Reservations to avoid the hefty tax.  Second, others will simply go without -  just because Wisconsin can’t stick to a budget doesn’t mean families don’t have to.  And soon small businesses, the glue of our economy, as well as those working in the hospitality industry like servers and bartenders, will begin to feel the pain the most as business dwindles.  Then before long, when the money doesn’t come rolling in, elected officials will start nosing around for the next thing to tax.It’s clear that tax hikes are something we should all oppose and we all need to vigilantly watch out for.  You may not smoke.  You may not drink beer.  Still, one way or another, everyone will have to pay for the tax and spend decisions that are made at the state capital.  Let’s try to stop these tax hikes once and for all. Please take action and tell your lawmakers you oppose this plan.  Wisconsin needs to stop spending and roll back the regulations that stand in the way of real growth.

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Another Tax Hike for Wisconsin?

From the “no surprises there” file comes State Representative Terese Berceau’s plan to raise Wisconsin’s beer tax.  News like this just goes to show that once you start down the slippery slope of taxes and fees instead of pro-growth policies, there’s no stopping.  Take Action and tell your leaders you oppose this tax hike scheme.FreedomWorks members from the Dairy State know that we’ve been actively opposing a cigarette tax hike and other fees that have been on the legislative table.  In an email last month, FreedomWorks explained how that cigarette tax, which would make just the state taxes alone more than $2.52 per pack, wouldn’t begin to fill the budget holes.  And that in fact, if high taxes were the path to prosperity then Wisconsin should be doing great!It’s clear that some in Madison haven’t gotten the message and are now piling on even more tax hikes. The latest plan is a beer tax that would raise the cost of a six-pack by 50 cents.  That might not seem like a lot from a big desk in the capitol, but these days every penny counts.  The beer tax is a perfect example of why FreedomWorks fights to oppose all tax hikes, even ones that you might think won’t affect you.  That’s because without cutting spending and adjusting the state’s bottom line the money will never be enough. First, people will go across state lines, to the black market, the internet, and Indian Reservations to avoid the hefty tax.  Second, others will simply go without -  just because Wisconsin can’t stick to a budget doesn’t mean families don’t have to.  And soon small businesses, the glue of our economy, as well as those working in the hospitality industry like servers and bartenders, will begin to feel the pain the most as business dwindles.  Then before long, when the money doesn’t come rolling in, elected officials will start nosing around for the next thing to tax.It’s clear that tax hikes are something we should all oppose and we all need to vigilantly watch out for.  You may not smoke.  You may not drink beer.  Still, one way or another, everyone will have to pay for the tax and spend decisions that are made at the state capital.  Let’s try to stop these tax hikes once and for all. Please take action and tell your lawmakers you oppose this plan.  Wisconsin needs to stop spending and roll back the regulations that stand in the way of real growth.

05/20/2009
No New Taxes for Louisiana

During a recession, the last thing government should do is raise taxes on the middle class and poor. But that is exactly what some Louisiana legislators are trying to do. They have crafted a 50 cent per pack tax hike on smokers that they say will raise more money for the state. But instead of raising taxes, legislators in Baton Rouge should find ways to cut wasteful government spending.Regardless of whether you smoke or not, all of us can agree that increasing taxes on the middle class and making it tougher for small businesses during a recession is bad public policy. Plus, the revenue that the government wants to collect won’t be there anyway, as recent studies have shown.Take a minute and SEND A MESSAGE to the legislature, telling them to stand on the principles of lower taxes, less government and more freedom by opposing the tobacco tax.

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No New Taxes for Louisiana

During a recession, the last thing government should do is raise taxes on the middle class and poor. But that is exactly what some Louisiana legislators are trying to do. They have crafted a 50 cent per pack tax hike on smokers that they say will raise more money for the state. But instead of raising taxes, legislators in Baton Rouge should find ways to cut wasteful government spending.Regardless of whether you smoke or not, all of us can agree that increasing taxes on the middle class and making it tougher for small businesses during a recession is bad public policy. Plus, the revenue that the government wants to collect won’t be there anyway, as recent studies have shown.Take a minute and SEND A MESSAGE to the legislature, telling them to stand on the principles of lower taxes, less government and more freedom by opposing the tobacco tax.

05/15/2009
Help Us Defeat the National Soda Tax

During the presidential campaign of 2008, Barack Obama pledged that those making below $250,000 would not see their taxes go up one dime. He promised to cut taxes for the middle class and poor people. But if his friends in Congress get their way, President Obama will have a tough decision to make – whether to break his campaign pledge again in the form of higher taxes on soda and “sugary drinks” like sports and energy drinks.

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Help Us Defeat the National Soda Tax

During the presidential campaign of 2008, Barack Obama pledged that those making below $250,000 would not see their taxes go up one dime. He promised to cut taxes for the middle class and poor people. But if his friends in Congress get their way, President Obama will have a tough decision to make – whether to break his campaign pledge again in the form of higher taxes on soda and “sugary drinks” like sports and energy drinks.

05/15/2009
Key Vote NO: Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 13

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on the Conference Report on S. Con. Res 13, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid budget.  Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.  And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.No one voting for this budget—Democrat or Republican—will have any creditability in the future as a fiscal conservative.

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Key Vote NO: Conference Report on S. Con. Res. 13

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on the Conference Report on S. Con. Res 13, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid budget.  Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.  And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.No one voting for this budget—Democrat or Republican—will have any creditability in the future as a fiscal conservative.

04/28/2009
Florida FreedomWorks Day at the Capitol

As many communities were preparing for Tea Party Rallies,  a group of 30 FreedomWorks activists in Florida under the leadership of Field Coordinator John Hallman, decided to take it a step further by travelling to Tallahassee to meet with legislators in person. FreedomWorks activists came from all over Florida to deliver a message to legislators in person; "lower taxes, reduce regulations, and let the free market work!" The day started with activists being briefed on the most crucial issues facing Florida, including property insurance, telecom reform, tax hikes on everything from cigarettes to the internet, spending caps, property tax reductions, and judicial reforms. House Majority Leader Adam Hasner also spoke to the group to thank them for taking time to lobby legislators face-to-face. Majority Leader Hasner stressed the importance of citizen action to drive policy, and the effectiveness of activists taking time to come to Tallahassee. He also told the group that conservative House members were united to stop all tax hikes and bring consumer choices to property insurance and telecom.

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Florida FreedomWorks Day at the Capitol

As many communities were preparing for Tea Party Rallies,  a group of 30 FreedomWorks activists in Florida under the leadership of Field Coordinator John Hallman, decided to take it a step further by travelling to Tallahassee to meet with legislators in person. FreedomWorks activists came from all over Florida to deliver a message to legislators in person; "lower taxes, reduce regulations, and let the free market work!" The day started with activists being briefed on the most crucial issues facing Florida, including property insurance, telecom reform, tax hikes on everything from cigarettes to the internet, spending caps, property tax reductions, and judicial reforms. House Majority Leader Adam Hasner also spoke to the group to thank them for taking time to lobby legislators face-to-face. Majority Leader Hasner stressed the importance of citizen action to drive policy, and the effectiveness of activists taking time to come to Tallahassee. He also told the group that conservative House members were united to stop all tax hikes and bring consumer choices to property insurance and telecom.

04/21/2009
Tax Mania in Oregon

The Oregon Legislature is seriously considering dozens of tax and fee increases, including new taxes on big and small business as well as Oregon families.  The May budget forecast is expected to fall short of prior estimates.  It is possible that the budget hole for the 2009-2011 biennium may exceed 4 billion dollars, requiring the Democrat lead legislature to either cut budgets and reduce services or raise job killing taxes.

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Tax Mania in Oregon

The Oregon Legislature is seriously considering dozens of tax and fee increases, including new taxes on big and small business as well as Oregon families.  The May budget forecast is expected to fall short of prior estimates.  It is possible that the budget hole for the 2009-2011 biennium may exceed 4 billion dollars, requiring the Democrat lead legislature to either cut budgets and reduce services or raise job killing taxes.

04/13/2009
Key Vote No: Obama-Pelosi-Reid Budget

Click here to download the PDFOn behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid budget being considered this week.  Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.  And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.

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Key Vote No: Obama-Pelosi-Reid Budget

Click here to download the PDFOn behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid budget being considered this week.  Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.  And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.

04/01/2009
Dear AIG,

"It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation from A.I.G. Financial Products." The New York Times on Tuesday ran an op-ed entitled "Dear A.I.G., I Quit!."  It's the real letter of resignation of Jake DeSantis, executive vice president of AIG's financial products unit.  Read it here.

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Dear AIG,

"It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation from A.I.G. Financial Products." The New York Times on Tuesday ran an op-ed entitled "Dear A.I.G., I Quit!."  It's the real letter of resignation of Jake DeSantis, executive vice president of AIG's financial products unit.  Read it here.

03/26/2009
Help Stop $1 Billion Tax Hike in Arizona

Governor Jan Brewer addressed the 49th Arizona legislature in a joint session yesterday, proposing a five-part plan to help the state recover from a projected budget shortfall of $3 billion. Though she urged approximately $1 billion in budget cuts, the governor simultaneously called for a $1 billion tax increase,without specifying which tax she planned to hike or the duration.  This plan must be stopped.Take Action and tell your elected officials you oppose these tax hikes.  Please follow-up your message with a phone call to Governor Brewer at (602) 542-4331.Arizona’s economy is already struggling.  The last thing the state needs is increased taxes. Long term prosperity follows permanent tax cuts, reducing regulations that stifle business, and supporting growth in the private sector. People are the driving force of economic expansion and money is best left in their hands. Contact your elected officials and urge them to cut spending without increasing taxes. Governor Brewer should cut the waste and use taxpayer dollars more responsibly.  Families around the state are doing more with less and there’s no reason the state can’t stick to a budget as well. Also, make sure you check out IamWith Rick.com.  Many of you have seen the Taxpayer Tea Parties spreading around the country and you will be excited to learn that we are planning Taxpayer Tea Parties in Arizona! This is because of the overwhelming interest in joining our effort to fight wasteful government spending and the massive bailouts.You can rsvp by visiting IamWithRick.com and signing up to attend the tea party closest to you.As CNBC's Rick Santelli pointed out, it's time for the American people to defend free markets and take to the streets in protest!These are two great ways to fight the tax and spend plans that affect us all. Tell your state leaders Arizona can’t afford a $1 billion tax hike and join us at a tea party.Thank you for your ongoing support of FreedomWorks and our fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

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Help Stop $1 Billion Tax Hike in Arizona

Governor Jan Brewer addressed the 49th Arizona legislature in a joint session yesterday, proposing a five-part plan to help the state recover from a projected budget shortfall of $3 billion. Though she urged approximately $1 billion in budget cuts, the governor simultaneously called for a $1 billion tax increase,without specifying which tax she planned to hike or the duration.  This plan must be stopped.Take Action and tell your elected officials you oppose these tax hikes.  Please follow-up your message with a phone call to Governor Brewer at (602) 542-4331.Arizona’s economy is already struggling.  The last thing the state needs is increased taxes. Long term prosperity follows permanent tax cuts, reducing regulations that stifle business, and supporting growth in the private sector. People are the driving force of economic expansion and money is best left in their hands. Contact your elected officials and urge them to cut spending without increasing taxes. Governor Brewer should cut the waste and use taxpayer dollars more responsibly.  Families around the state are doing more with less and there’s no reason the state can’t stick to a budget as well. Also, make sure you check out IamWith Rick.com.  Many of you have seen the Taxpayer Tea Parties spreading around the country and you will be excited to learn that we are planning Taxpayer Tea Parties in Arizona! This is because of the overwhelming interest in joining our effort to fight wasteful government spending and the massive bailouts.You can rsvp by visiting IamWithRick.com and signing up to attend the tea party closest to you.As CNBC's Rick Santelli pointed out, it's time for the American people to defend free markets and take to the streets in protest!These are two great ways to fight the tax and spend plans that affect us all. Tell your state leaders Arizona can’t afford a $1 billion tax hike and join us at a tea party.Thank you for your ongoing support of FreedomWorks and our fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

03/06/2009

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