Americans for Prosperity Announces Billboard Ad Campaign Targeting Senator Hagan’s Carbon Tax Vote

September 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2013
CONTACT: Chris Farr at (919) 218-5071 or CFarr@afphq.org
Americans for Prosperity Announces Billboard Ad Campaign Targeting Senator Hagan’s Carbon Tax Vote
Billboards up in Piedmont Triad and Research Triangle

Triangle billboard 300x84 Americans for Prosperity Announces Billboard Ad Campaign Targeting Senator Hagan’s Carbon Tax Vote

RALEIGH, NC – Americans for Prosperity (AFP), North Carolina’s leading advocate for economic freedom, is preparing to release a billboard ad campaign questioning Senator Kay Hagan’s (D-NC) stance on the issue of a carbon emissions tax.

In tandem with Americans for Prosperity’s online petition efforts, billboard ads will go up in strategically located regions in the Research Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions.

The billboard ads will go along Interstate Highways 40, 85 and 95, close to the cities of Burlington, Dunn, Durham, Greensboro, Lexington, and Newton Grove.

“The creation of a carbon tax would be a legitimate threat to the stability of our economy,” said Chris Farr, AFP-North Carolina’s Acting State Director. “We want to educate North Carolinians on the issue, Senator Hagan’s vote, and then activate them to ask Senator Hagan to vote ‘No’ on any future carbon tax legislation.”

At the heart of the issue are two votes on the Senate Democrat budget proposal, on March 22nd of this year.

First, Sen. Hagan voted against Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-R.I.) amendment, which failed 41-58; it called for returning revenues from any fee on carbon pollution to the American public, such as through deficit reduction or lower tax rates.

Sixteen minutes later, Sen. Hagan voted against Sen. Roy Blunt’s (D-MO) amendment that called for blocking a carbon tax outright. This amendment also failed to pass.

“Senator Hagan’s position appears to be that she is in favor of a carbon tax and does not want it to be revenue neutral,” Farr continued.  “We want her to hear from North Carolinians that do not want a job-killing carbon tax, and hope that she will change her position.”

The carbon tax in question would impose a $20 tax for every ton of carbon dioxide emitted over a certain threshold. A 2013 study by the National Association of Manufacturers found that:

  • This tax would deal a blow to employment in North Carolina, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 42,000 to 52,000 jobs in the first year. Nationally, the job loss could reach 1.5 million in the first year of carbon tax implementation.
  • Households in North Carolina would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 16 percent in 2013.
  • The hardest hit economic sectors in North Carolina would be agriculture, which would lose between 0.3 and 0.8 percent in economic output, and energy-intensive manufacturing, which would lose between 1.2 and 1.4 percent

The ads urge taxpayers to visit www.HaganSayNo.com to sign a petition to ask Senator Hagan to vote against any future carbon tax legislation.

For questions or interview requests, please contact Chris Farr, at CFarr@afphq.org or call (919) 218-5071. Interviews may also be done at a billboard site.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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