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Tax Mania in Oregon
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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
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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,
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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
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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
Help Us Fight Taxes and Spending in Florida
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Help Us Fight Taxes and Spending in Florida

I just wanted to take a minute and update you on our efforts to fight taxes and spending in Florida. Many of you will be excited to learn that we are planning Taxpayer Tea Parties in multiple cities across Florida! This is because of the overwhelming interest in joining our effort to fight wasteful government spending and the massive bailouts. You can rsvp for these events 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!SIGN UP NOW for the protest closest to you! We will send you updates on the events as we get them.Also, if you care about wasteful spending and higher taxes, you might want to take a minute to send the politicians in Tallahassee a message. Some legislators are proposing an increase in the cigarette tax, saying that they need more money to spend. This is ridiculous! The state government should not be spending more, but less.And it certainly should not be raising taxes on anyone during a recession. Sure, the nanny-staters want to control people's lives and punish smokers, but do they know that smokers tend to be poorer than non-smokers? Plus, increasing taxes on cigarettes will harm small businessses that sell them, which will only lead to more economic suffering.Please TAKE ACTION and tell the politicians in Tallahassee that enough is enough! It's time that they make real spending cuts and reduce the size of the state government.Thank you for your dedication to lower taxes, less government and more freedom. We will be sure to keep you updated on ways to help us defend liberty in Florida.

03/06/2009
FreedomWorks Activist Addresses House Financial Services Committee
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FreedomWorks Activist Addresses House Financial Services Committee

Last Tuesday, Robin Staudt, a FreedomWorks activist from Orange County, NC, appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to speak as a taxpayer who was paying their mortgage on time, despite the current economic downturn, and who opposed further bailouts or government meddling in the housing industry.  Robin’s story was a compelling first hand account of someone doing the right thing and not asking for a handout.

02/11/2009
Tom Daschle: "Tax Cheaters Cheat Us All"
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Tom Daschle: "Tax Cheaters Cheat Us All"

The Washington Times gets in one-last parting shot to disgraced cabinet-nominee Tom Daschle with a steaming bucket of irony:

02/04/2009
Spreading the Wealth
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Spreading the Wealth

Or rather, spreading the pain and the blame.

01/06/2009
Items of Note
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Items of Note

As Brendan noted a post or two ago, more and more states are looking to nanny-state style "sin-taxes" to fill budget holes.  I want to point readers to an excellent WSJ article from the wayback machine in August.  The article takes a quick look at the repercussions of cigarette taxes in states like Maryland and New Jersey - rampant black markets, hurt businesses, and none of the promised revenue:

12/17/2008
Corporations and the Tax Man
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Corporations and the Tax Man

Steven Malanga takes on the "free-ride for business" myth at RealClearMarkets. Check it.

08/19/2008

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