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It’s Time to Fix Montana’s Pension System

April 04, 2013 J,

The Montana pension system is in a deep financial hole which jeopardizes retirement benefits for all current state retirees and current employees as well. During the 2008 recession the DOW dropped from 14,000 down to 7,000 in early 2009. The pension investments dropped from $8.5 billion down to just over $5 billion… a $3.5 billion hole

Oppose Medicaid Expansion Blast Motions in MT House

April 02, 2013 J,

After the House Human Services Committee tabled the Governor’s Medicaid expansion bill Wednesday night, House Minority Leader Chuck Hunter attempted a blast motion. The blast motion failed by 1 vote, 49-50. However, inside sources reveal that Rep. Hunter will try to blast this motion at every House session up until transmittal of revenue bills on [...]

Balyeat Delivers Economic Freedom Message Statewide

January 29, 2013 J,

The Economic Freedom and Prosperity presentation, being delivered throughout the state by Joe Balyeat, AFP-MT’s State Director, provides great talking points to help anyone understand and explain the unique benefits of our free market system. It is based largely on the research by Robert Lawson of Auburn University and James Gwartney of Florida State University [...]

Bad politics trumps good policy, pushing us over the fiscal cliff

January 23, 2013 J

Economists left, right and center agree – you don’t raise taxes in a weak economy. Consider these quotes from a recent economic study done by former Chairman of Obama’s own Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer: “Tax increases are highly contractionary.” “… A tax increase of one percent of GDP lowers real GDP by roughly three percent. … Tax increases have a large, rapid, and highly statistically significant negative effect on output. … A tax increase is followed by a large and highly significant rise in the unemployment rate.”

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