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The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging
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The First Rule of Budget Holes: Stop Digging

In a familiar storyline, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to close a budget gap of some $3.2 billion by—you guessed it—raising taxes. To that end, Governor Ed Rendell has called for a “modest” hike of 16 percent in the state income tax rate from 3.07 to 3.57 percent for the next three years. Similar “temporary” tax hikes, implemented in 1983 and 1991, have yet to be fully repealed.

06/24/2009
Help Stop a Flood of Tax Hikes in North Carolina
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Press Release

Help Stop a Flood of Tax Hikes in North Carolina

Legislators in Raleigh will be considering a new budget any day now, as they face a July 1 deadline.  For government reformers, a new budget sounds like a great idea as North Carolina faces a $4.6 billion deficit.  However, rather than cutting fat and waste in the budget, Governor Beverly Perdue’s plan calls for an additional $1.5 billion in spending for education, even as state revenues fall.How does she and other House and Senate leaders plan to make up this huge difference?  With a big package of new taxes and fees applied inconsistently across the economy, picking and choosing the winners and losers.  The House and Senate are considering different plans, but here are a few of the suggestions on the table that will hurt North Carolina families and businesses.

06/24/2009
ObamaCare: Far worse than economically ignorant
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ObamaCare: Far worse than economically ignorant

In a news conference yesterday, Barack Obama demonstrated a remarkable ignorance of and antipathy for free markets and free enterprise when speaking about the possibility of a “public option” as part of “health care reform.” It’s not easy for Obama to surprise me but the vacuousness of his statements combined with their casual disregard for the power of government when “competing” with private companies was truly shocking.

06/24/2009
Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California
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Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California

Just over a month ago, Californians went to the polls and delivered a resounding “No tax hikes” to their state leaders.  Legislators have had four weeks to come up with a better plan that will work for the state and guess what their solution is?More tax hikes!  Take Action and tell your lawmakers more tax hikes are unacceptable.That’s right, more tax hikes.  Except that these are different tax hikes they think the public won’t see through, regardless of the fact that it’s always the same folks who end up footing the bill.  Tax proposals now on the table include $2.2 billion in various taxes on business, a 9.9 percent tax on oil extraction, and a massive $1.50/pack cigarette tax hike.California legislators must think the taxpayers are pretty gullible to swallow this new plan.  Taxing business, just when many are fleeing the high taxes of the state, when others are bleeding jobs and struggling in the current economy is a terrible idea. Taxing oil extraction falls in the same category.  It isn’t some faceless corporation that drills for energy – it’s people who could use those jobs.  And it isn’t just some entity in the sky that absorbs those high taxes – it’s people who will have to pay at the pump.Cigarette tax hikes are a selfish cash grab that tries to put the economic woes of a state on a small, often-targeted minority.  They also hurt small businesses as people go across statelines, or to the black market and internet for cheaper cigarettes.No one would deny that California is in a bind.  But this is a problem that can’t be taxed away.  When these tax sources dry up, and if history is any guide they certainly will, legislators will simply tax something else.  Legislators were elected to do a job and that means making tough decisions, not just creating more taxes for the group that drew the short straw that day.  Spending has far outpaced growth in the state.  In good years, California’s government spent as if the revenue would never end rather than keeping spending in line with priorities. Take Action and urge your legislators not to seek quick fixes that will only push the problem down the road a short ways, but to stop playing favorites with programs and benefits and do the real cutting that needs that be done.  During hard times, every family has to cut back.  There’s no reason why governments shouldn’t do the same.

06/23/2009
How Much is $1.6 Trillion?
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How Much is $1.6 Trillion?

Dr. Evil once held the world hostage for a staggering one hundred billion dollars.  This time Dr. Evil’s demands have been eclipsed by the Obama Administration (instead of Austin Powers), with cohorts Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Baucus (D-MT) demanding $1.6 trillion for a new diabolical plot: National Health Care. As the costs of health care reform begin to take shape, some of us are wondering how much $1.6 trillion really is. Putting things into perspective, $1.6 trillion would:

06/23/2009
Democrats in legislature bet against history on tax hikes
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Democrats in legislature bet against history on tax hikes

BY Harry Esteve

SALEM -- Democrats have rolled the dice in a big way by approving more than $1 billion in tax increases in the waning weeks of the legislative session, gambling that Oregon has undergone a profound political change since the days of property tax limits and income tax rejections.The new taxes -- on upper earners, corporations, hospitals and gasoline -- help balance a shaky budget and offer an exit strategy that sends lawmakers home by July. But it could be a short vacation.

06/22/2009
More tea parties planned for July 4
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More tea parties planned for July 4

BY Jennifer Parks

Reflecting on the success of the tea party events held in Albany and Leesburg earlier in the year, officials plan to spend the Independence Day holiday protesting what they say is wasteful government spending.Organizers from Dougherty, Lee and Sumter counties are joining forces to host a tea party on the Fourth of July in Plains City Park."We are all combining efforts on this one," said Mike Sabot, one of the organizers for the event. "We are expecting (the attendance) to be bigger. Anything over 1,000 we will be happy with."

06/22/2009
New Missouri Group Promotes Freedom and Self-Government
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New Missouri Group Promotes Freedom and Self-Government

Attention freedom-loving activists from the Show-Me-State:Check out this new political site called "The Missouri Record" hosted by Missourians for Responsible Government: www.missourirecord.comIt's a great forum for discussing the issues that most impact Missouri taxpayers and their wallets!

06/22/2009
Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax
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Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax

A few months ago, on the way to the office, I witnessed a typically DC self-defeating scene.  A man riding on a mini-street sweeper finished the block, stopped to empty the trash in the back, and tossed his cigarette on the ground on his way back to the sweeper.  I was a bit galled - and it speaks to larger problems inherent in the system - but it never occurred to me to tax the cigarettes.  I was leaning more toward "why not take one more step and throw it in the trash" or "care about your job."

06/22/2009
Consumers Score a Victory in North Carolina
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Consumers Score a Victory in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – With the help of FreedomWorks, the citizens of North Carolina have secured a key pro-free market win in the North Carolina General Assembly.The passage of H1180, “Consumer Choice and Investment Act” found support and sponsorship from both sides of the aisle and encountered relatively little opposition. The vote passed by a large margin in the House, 112-6. The bill must now be signed by Governor Perdue to become law.

06/19/2009

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