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Last week state legislators in New Mexico failed to pass an operating budget for fiscal year 2011 so they are now in a special session to get one passed. Thankfully, limited government advocates have been able to hold the line on higher taxes and are refusing to burden the working families of New Mexico further. Unfortunately, those calling for higher taxes haven’t backed down either. Your representatives and senators need to hear from you today.
We knew it was coming. It's been a threat hanging out there since last spring. But now it's official.
As Florida’s legislative session opens, insurance reform looms as a hot topic. Legislation and regulation have all but destroyed the market for property insurance in Florida, reducing availability while increasing the state’s financial risk. Poor public policy has driven major carriers from the market, leaving consumers a choice of either state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corporation or small insurance companies that most people do not recognize.
The 2010 legislative session is winding down in Virginia with a number of victories for limited government activists to celebrate, but there is still work to be done.The Virginia Firearms Freedom Act (HB69), which would redraw a clear line for gun owners, sellers, and manufacturers between federal and state authority, has passed the House of Delegates, but not the state Senate.
Sen. Murkowski isn't the only one with a resolution to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under its endangerment finding. Like the 41 Senators now backing the Murkowski resolution, a similar bipartisan efforts is now underway in the House: Two top House Democrats have introduced a measure aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating pollution-causing greenhouse gases.
Salt Lake City, UT - FreedomWorks, represented in Utah by over 4,300 volunteer members, is applauding Governor Gary Herbert’s recent pledge to oppose tax increase proposals that may surface in the state legislature this year. Herbert’s specific threat to veto a cigarette tax hike should it pass the legislature should signal lawmakers that it is time to tighten the budget belt and reexamine priorities.
Since last Friday, the Virginia General Assembly has passed six separate bills pertaining to Virginia's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. Starting with SB417, SB283, and SB311, the House of Delegates made Virginia the second state after Arizona to pass health care nullification bills through both houses of the state legislature.
More good news coming out of the Virginia General Assembly today:Del. Bob Marshall's health freedom bill, HB 10, passed the House of Delegates 72-26. The Senate bills on this issue, SB 283, SB 311 and SB 417, all passed the House Commerce and Labor committee by 17-5 margins and are headed to the floor.
An important vote is coming up in the U.S. Senate that could help shape the climate change debate. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has introduced a resolution of disapproval to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s “endangerment” finding, which allows the EPA to treat carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant and therefore regulate it under the Clean Air Act. This is the Obama Administration’s way of setting the stage for cap and trade.