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Tell your Representatives to Cosponsor H.R. 3400, the Jobs through Growth Act

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3400, the Jobs through Growth Act. Introduced by members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the pro-growth bill would cut harmful regulations and overhaul the tax code to boost job growth.

The Jobs through Growth Act will make the tax code simpler, flatter and fairer. Modeled on the RSC’s Taxpayer Choice Act of 2007, the legislation gives taxpayers the choice of staying with the current tax code or switching to an income tax with the lowest rates in 80 years. The new optional tax system would have two tax rates of 15 percent and 25 percent. We encourage the bill sponsors to take this dramatic improvement over our current tax code further and call for a one-rate flat tax. It would also cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to prevent jobs from moving overseas. The Jobs through Growth Act provides relief to small businesses by eliminating the death tax, the alternative minimum tax and the capital gains tax on inflation.

This real jobs bill would also remove the red tape that ensnares job creators. It would call for a timeout on all new regulations that create significant economic costs until unemployment falls below 7.7 or less. The Obama administration’s proposed 144 major harmful regulations should never be implemented and a regulation moratorium will at least temporarily put the brakes on them. The Jobs through Growth Act would require congressional approval on all regulations which are projected to have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more. It would allow small businesses to opt out of federal regulations imposed since the end of 2007 and would require federal agencies to give greater consideration to proposed regulation’s impact by publishing a regulatory flexibility analysis.

The Jobs through Growth Act would help foster an environment in which the private sector can grow, invest and create jobs in America. It would help boost American energy production by removing barriers to approving the Keystone Energy Pipeline and give a one-year extension to Outer Continental Shelf leases that were delayed by the Obama administration. This would immediately create thousands of jobs and lower the price of gasoline. I urge you to call your representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 3400, the Jobs through Growth Act today.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO
[Click here for a PDF version of this letter.]

Harry Kenworthy

Matt - Lean Six Sigma is a very viable approach to solve the Federal budget issues.

Our focus is on implementing Lean in Government (85% culture/organization and 15% tools & techniques). We are also actively engaged with working with 7 US Presidential candidates through 2 groups: Strong America Now (non-affiliated and non-profit) and Effective Government Now (EGN).

The EGN group is composed of key individuals throughout the US, with great Lean Six Sigma credentials who are driving (behind the scenes) the use of Lean Six Sigma in Government. For EGN, we are non-partisan and continue to spread the message throughout the American political structure that Lean is the alternative paradigm to help get Government processes and costs under control, while improving services and capacity. We have also been working directly with some US Congressional committees to improve their process for Government agency reviews. We are also listed as one of Newt Gingrich's coalitions, although we are totally independent:

Below you will find information on what Lean in Government is based on. Beyond the thrust to redo pension and health-care legacy obligations, as you know, Lean represents the most effective way to improve service and capacity while significantly reducing Government costs. Ideally, we advocate that attrition is used to reduce costs. Lean provides the greatest leverage possible and is a paradigm that's not well understood or utilized in Government. It also provides an excellent means to tap into the ideas of all employees to make small gains, that add up to big savings over time.

We are one of the top 5 practitioners of Lean Government in the US. We are currently working with CT (Statewide Lean effort), MA, MD, UT, RI and CA. Federal clients include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Navy. Education in K-12 school systems has also been a thrust by reducing the costs of back office school operations, freeing up more money for the classroom, while also dealing with school budget reductions. We are currently working with UC Davis and the Sacramento school system (49,000 K-12 students).

We have been applying LEAN principles and techniques in a variety of Government Organizations (City, State and Federal) to reduce costs and improve services. I would suggest you print out the pages and drop-downs on our web site which will give you good background info on Lean, including what other states are doing (IA, MN, ME, OH, for example) and cities:

We have a a UT and CT contract for all State agencies and municipalities to implement LEAN in Government services. We recommend that the gains (and savings) are handled via attrition, with no new hires. We focus on the following areas:

1. Working with each State or Federal agency and City to determine the most important processes with the greatest financial leverage.

2. We then apply LEAN principles on projects (many examples are listed on our web site) to reduce wastes due to:

Duplication of process steps and activities
Consolidation of multiple agencies and departments that service the same customer (example in Minnesota, 25 different agencies/depts. were involved in disabilities administration)
Elimination of rework and wastes (In CT DMV we achieved a 40%+ reduction in service employees re: discovering rework cycles and minimizing them)
Cleaning up policies and procedures that no longer add any value - this is done with the employees in the actual unit since they no best what is waste, what are their frustrations, and what ideas they have for improvements (this can only be done with an attrition policy vs. layoffs)
Enhancing revenue collection processes
etc. - project examples are on our web site
When you "Learn to See" it's amazing what you find.

We are involved with ICMA and did a national webinar on April 28 that was attended by over 60 cities (see below)! I have been a contributor to GOVERNING magazine (in the Better, Faster, Cheaper area). We are also working with the Council of State Governments (CSG) on providing education on LEAN and have met with the National Governor's Association in Washington, DC. Another ICMA webinar I will be doing will be on January, 19, 2012 focused on "Measuring What Matters" in Government - developing good customer-focused, performance-based metrics.

I also wanted to make you aware that a significant effort is underway to petition the White House to start to understand and use Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in addressing the current budget crisis/gridlock. It's a paradigm that politicians know little about, although we are finding LSS used more and more in Government at the Local, State, and Federal levels. As you know, on our website, we provide links to many LSS Government initiatives that are underway, but politicians are blind to this as their paradigms consist of reducing spending or raising taxes.

Lean Six Sigma is a much more powerful and effective alternative approach!

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a combination of Lean, which focuses on the relentless reduction of Non-Value Added Wastes* (the need to improve the Speed of service) and Six Sigma, which focuses on analyzing data (facts, rather than opinions) to reduce defects, errors, and variations (the need to improve the Quality of service).

Lean Six Sigma is a proven approach that has been utilized in Industry and Services for over 30 years, and, more recently, some Government entities, to significantly reduce costs and wastes, while generating better service to citizens and creating greater capacity. Lean Six Sigma works wherever there are wastes, and wastes are everywhere.

It’s important for all US citizens to learn more about LSS and the positive impact it will have on creating a much more cost effective Government (Federal, State, and Local). Citizens can help our elected Representatives to understand the leverage that LSS creates via a new set of tools, approaches, and techniques to address the key budget issues facing our Country.

LSS is the best proven approach to deliver a faster, better, and less expensive form of Government to benefit our citizens and focus our Elected Representatives on the current budget crisis to swiftly reduce and balance Government budgets.

Best regards,

Harry Kenworthy