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In DC and New York, Politicians Try to Score Cheap Points at the Expense of Charter Schools

Charter schools are being hit once again this week, and people are fighting back. Earlier this week, as many as 17,000 thousands advocates for charter schools gathered in New York City, after a successful such gathering last year drew thousands more public school parents.

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In DC and New York, Politicians Try to Score Cheap Points at the Expense of Charter Schools

Charter schools are being hit once again this week, and people are fighting back. Earlier this week, as many as 17,000 thousands advocates for charter schools gathered in New York City, after a successful such gathering last year drew thousands more public school parents.

10/10/2013
Charter Schools Up for a Fight in New York City

Choice creates competition, and competition will lead to public schools losing their monopolies on young minds.  This of course is a very good thing, as it means better educations for every American child.

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Charter Schools Up for a Fight in New York City

Choice creates competition, and competition will lead to public schools losing their monopolies on young minds.  This of course is a very good thing, as it means better educations for every American child.

08/27/2013
NY Soda Ban Gets The Shaft...Errrr...Straw

Months ago, New York's Mayor Bloomberg put into action a Very Serious Plan designed to subvert New York City's life-draining, obesity-encouraging, self-immolating commitment to drinking soda out of containers designed to hold more than 16 ounces of liquid. As of yesterday, the city had its health department trained and ready to perform surprise sting operations on unsuspecting food service establishments across Manhattan as they began their nanny-state crackdown on New York's most pressing danger: dastardly sugary beverages.

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NY Soda Ban Gets The Shaft...Errrr...Straw

Months ago, New York's Mayor Bloomberg put into action a Very Serious Plan designed to subvert New York City's life-draining, obesity-encouraging, self-immolating commitment to drinking soda out of containers designed to hold more than 16 ounces of liquid. As of yesterday, the city had its health department trained and ready to perform surprise sting operations on unsuspecting food service establishments across Manhattan as they began their nanny-state crackdown on New York's most pressing danger: dastardly sugary beverages.

03/11/2013
Get Out the Vote in NY 23

FreedomWorks is heading up to NY for the final push in district 23.  Our candidate side-by-sides might be a tad out of date now, but the issues at stake haven't changed.  If you'd like to help us do some GOTV activities and issue education - meet us for breakfast at the Carriage House Restaurant (attached to the Best Western) at 300 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 at 9 am.  Questions, comments, and concerns can be directed to Nan at nswift@freedomworks.org.  

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Get Out the Vote in NY 23

FreedomWorks is heading up to NY for the final push in district 23.  Our candidate side-by-sides might be a tad out of date now, but the issues at stake haven't changed.  If you'd like to help us do some GOTV activities and issue education - meet us for breakfast at the Carriage House Restaurant (attached to the Best Western) at 300 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 at 9 am.  Questions, comments, and concerns can be directed to Nan at nswift@freedomworks.org.  

10/31/2009
More Activists Face Down MoveOn.org and ACORN

The ACORN and MoveOn.org comrades weren't just out in force in Greensboro last week, they also took to the streets outside Congressional district offices in other cities where FreedomWorks activists and allies were there to meet them with the truth about their government-run healthcare dreams.

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More Activists Face Down MoveOn.org and ACORN

The ACORN and MoveOn.org comrades weren't just out in force in Greensboro last week, they also took to the streets outside Congressional district offices in other cities where FreedomWorks activists and allies were there to meet them with the truth about their government-run healthcare dreams.

07/13/2009
Help Kill the New York Soda Tax

Like something out of a horror film, the New York soda tax that won’t die is once again rearing its ugly head.  It looks like Albany lawmakers are trying to take a few pages from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid playbook to pay for their pet projects with so-called “sin taxes.”  Or maybe it was Governor Patterson’s earlier plan that inspired the federal soda tax plan?  Well, no matter who started it – it’s a bad plan.Take Action and tell your elected officials they can’t nickel and dime New York taxpayers this way.Instead of doing the right thing by cutting spending, state lawmakers have proposed this new tax on non-diet soda to fund property tax relief.  What soda has to do with property taxes remains to be seen, but this is a prime example of government efforts to redistribute money and subsidize one favored program or group on the backs of others.  Governor Paterson and other state legislators have acknowledged that New York state, like many others across the country, is facing a massive budget deficit.  To most households that would mean cutting back, tightening some belts, and spending less.  That’s why it’s hard to understand why Paterson has proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  Cash-strapped taxpayers can’t keep footing the bill.With ever increasing tax hikes on the horizon, many are already fleeing the state.  That doesn’t bode well for New York’s future.  Soon a smaller and smaller group of people will be asked to cough up more and more for the projects state leaders aren’t willing to let go of.  This is clearly an unsustainable course.Please take action and urge your lawmakers to oppose this soda tax hike once and for all.  Tax hikes stand in the way of New York’s prosperity and only continue to feed the growth of government.  Now is the time to cut spending, waste, and the regulations that stand in the way of long-term growth.

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Help Kill the New York Soda Tax

Like something out of a horror film, the New York soda tax that won’t die is once again rearing its ugly head.  It looks like Albany lawmakers are trying to take a few pages from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid playbook to pay for their pet projects with so-called “sin taxes.”  Or maybe it was Governor Patterson’s earlier plan that inspired the federal soda tax plan?  Well, no matter who started it – it’s a bad plan.Take Action and tell your elected officials they can’t nickel and dime New York taxpayers this way.Instead of doing the right thing by cutting spending, state lawmakers have proposed this new tax on non-diet soda to fund property tax relief.  What soda has to do with property taxes remains to be seen, but this is a prime example of government efforts to redistribute money and subsidize one favored program or group on the backs of others.  Governor Paterson and other state legislators have acknowledged that New York state, like many others across the country, is facing a massive budget deficit.  To most households that would mean cutting back, tightening some belts, and spending less.  That’s why it’s hard to understand why Paterson has proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  Cash-strapped taxpayers can’t keep footing the bill.With ever increasing tax hikes on the horizon, many are already fleeing the state.  That doesn’t bode well for New York’s future.  Soon a smaller and smaller group of people will be asked to cough up more and more for the projects state leaders aren’t willing to let go of.  This is clearly an unsustainable course.Please take action and urge your lawmakers to oppose this soda tax hike once and for all.  Tax hikes stand in the way of New York’s prosperity and only continue to feed the growth of government.  Now is the time to cut spending, waste, and the regulations that stand in the way of long-term growth.

05/21/2009
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
Help Stop Tax Hike in Nassau County

County Executive Thomas Suozzi is planning to impose a new tax on cigarettes and a surcharge on traffic tickets in an effort to get some quick cash to fill Nassau County’s gaping budget deficit.  Like many other counties and municipalities across the country, Nassau is facing some tough times.  But you aren’t alone and raising taxes isn’t the answer.  Whether you smoke or not, you should be concerned about Mr. Suozzi’s tax and spend plan.Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him you oppose this regressive tax. It might be easy for politicians to think they can go after an unpopular minority of taxpayers to bring in more tax funds – but at the end of the day, those funds simply won’t be there.  Smokers will go across county lines to make their purchase, which hurt small businesses.  And statistically speaking, smokers tend to be amongst the poorest in a community.  Nassau County can’t ask this small group to shell out more and bear the financial burdens for everyone else.  Instead of pursuing plans that take more money out of Nassau residents’ pockets and burden businesses, Mr. Suozzi should cut waste and roll back regulations making Nassau a great place to do business and live.At the end of the day, when the money Mr. Suozzi was counting on isn’t there, he’s going to try to raise other taxes.  These nanny-state ideas always lead to bigger, badder taxes that will hurt Nassua County.  We need to nip this one in the bud and hold the line now.  Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him Nassau doesn’t need this new tax.If families and businesses have to stick to a budget and make tough decisions, Nassau County should do the same.  Join the Taxpayer Tea Party Movement: If you haven’t signed up yet – please go to IamWithRick.com and sign up for a tea party near you. Thousands of people have been turning out for taxpayer tea parties around the country to protest the Obama agenda of high taxes and bailouts.  If you would like to host a taxpayer tea party protest your your area, please email us for details. Come out on tax day and join others to show you oppose these big government plans.Your support of FreedomWorks is appreciated and supports our efforts for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom around the country.

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Help Stop Tax Hike in Nassau County

County Executive Thomas Suozzi is planning to impose a new tax on cigarettes and a surcharge on traffic tickets in an effort to get some quick cash to fill Nassau County’s gaping budget deficit.  Like many other counties and municipalities across the country, Nassau is facing some tough times.  But you aren’t alone and raising taxes isn’t the answer.  Whether you smoke or not, you should be concerned about Mr. Suozzi’s tax and spend plan.Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him you oppose this regressive tax. It might be easy for politicians to think they can go after an unpopular minority of taxpayers to bring in more tax funds – but at the end of the day, those funds simply won’t be there.  Smokers will go across county lines to make their purchase, which hurt small businesses.  And statistically speaking, smokers tend to be amongst the poorest in a community.  Nassau County can’t ask this small group to shell out more and bear the financial burdens for everyone else.  Instead of pursuing plans that take more money out of Nassau residents’ pockets and burden businesses, Mr. Suozzi should cut waste and roll back regulations making Nassau a great place to do business and live.At the end of the day, when the money Mr. Suozzi was counting on isn’t there, he’s going to try to raise other taxes.  These nanny-state ideas always lead to bigger, badder taxes that will hurt Nassua County.  We need to nip this one in the bud and hold the line now.  Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him Nassau doesn’t need this new tax.If families and businesses have to stick to a budget and make tough decisions, Nassau County should do the same.  Join the Taxpayer Tea Party Movement: If you haven’t signed up yet – please go to IamWithRick.com and sign up for a tea party near you. Thousands of people have been turning out for taxpayer tea parties around the country to protest the Obama agenda of high taxes and bailouts.  If you would like to host a taxpayer tea party protest your your area, please email us for details. Come out on tax day and join others to show you oppose these big government plans.Your support of FreedomWorks is appreciated and supports our efforts for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom around the country.

03/13/2009
Update: Sign the Petition to Stop Nanny-State Taxes in New York

As a FreedomWorks member, you know that we’ve been closely watching the tax-hike situation in New York.  Like other states across the country, New York is facing record deficits, however instead of making the sometimes politically unpopular decision to cut wasteful spending and roll back regulations, New York’s Governor Paterson wants to tax his way out of the hole.Take Action and sign the petition.Governor Paterson has proposed a tax hike of 18% on beverages such as soft and juice drinks along with 136 other new fees and tax hikes to bridge a $15.4 billion budget deficit.  At a time when New York’s families have been hit hard by the current economic downturn and are cutting back on their expenses, Paterson has actually proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  And where does that new money come from?  Cash-strapped taxpayers.  Governor Paterson cares more about his pork projects and New York’s bloated budget than families.  And he intends to go after every dime he can via nanny-state taxes that limit your choices.  New York has apparently done such a good job spending your money, the state should also tell you what you can eat and drink.This is preposterous and New Yorkers should be outraged.  Your elected officials think they know better than you how to live your life.  Worse still, when Paterson doesn’t get the money he needs for his bigger, badder budget he’s going to go back to the taxpayers for even more, driving business and families from the state.There is some good news.  Just last week, conflicting statements began to emerge from the Governor’s office regarding the soda-tax plan.  Governor Paterson and his press secretary don’t seem to be on the same page when it comes to this tax hike.  That means that grassroots pressure is starting to chip away at the Governor’s plan.  As the March budget deadline draws closer, this is an important time to tell the Governor you oppose his tax and spend plan.   FreedomWorks has joined with New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes in an effort to stop this tax hike scheme.  We urge you to sign their petition and add your voice opposing the Governor’s proposed tax increase.  And, once you’ve done that, be sure to send it on to five more friends.  Educating our neighbors is the best chance we have to stand up to big government.  Thank you for your ongoing support of FreedomWorks.

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Update: Sign the Petition to Stop Nanny-State Taxes in New York

As a FreedomWorks member, you know that we’ve been closely watching the tax-hike situation in New York.  Like other states across the country, New York is facing record deficits, however instead of making the sometimes politically unpopular decision to cut wasteful spending and roll back regulations, New York’s Governor Paterson wants to tax his way out of the hole.Take Action and sign the petition.Governor Paterson has proposed a tax hike of 18% on beverages such as soft and juice drinks along with 136 other new fees and tax hikes to bridge a $15.4 billion budget deficit.  At a time when New York’s families have been hit hard by the current economic downturn and are cutting back on their expenses, Paterson has actually proposed a budget with $1.4 billion in new spending!  And where does that new money come from?  Cash-strapped taxpayers.  Governor Paterson cares more about his pork projects and New York’s bloated budget than families.  And he intends to go after every dime he can via nanny-state taxes that limit your choices.  New York has apparently done such a good job spending your money, the state should also tell you what you can eat and drink.This is preposterous and New Yorkers should be outraged.  Your elected officials think they know better than you how to live your life.  Worse still, when Paterson doesn’t get the money he needs for his bigger, badder budget he’s going to go back to the taxpayers for even more, driving business and families from the state.There is some good news.  Just last week, conflicting statements began to emerge from the Governor’s office regarding the soda-tax plan.  Governor Paterson and his press secretary don’t seem to be on the same page when it comes to this tax hike.  That means that grassroots pressure is starting to chip away at the Governor’s plan.  As the March budget deadline draws closer, this is an important time to tell the Governor you oppose his tax and spend plan.   FreedomWorks has joined with New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes in an effort to stop this tax hike scheme.  We urge you to sign their petition and add your voice opposing the Governor’s proposed tax increase.  And, once you’ve done that, be sure to send it on to five more friends.  Educating our neighbors is the best chance we have to stand up to big government.  Thank you for your ongoing support of FreedomWorks.

02/17/2009