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URGENT – Seniors Deserve Tax Relief

Please contact these key votes on the SB 1427 and ask them to REPEAL the Hall Tax. Call or email now! Hall Income Tax Repeal Vote is TODAY. Gerald McCormick 615-741-2548 Rep.gerald.mccormick@Capitol.tn.gov   Michael Harrison 615-741-7480 Rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov   Steve McDaniel 615-741-0750 Rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov   Dennis Roach 615-741-2534 Rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov   Kevin Brooks 615-741-1350 Rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov   David Hawk 615-741-7482 Rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov   [...]

Issues

AFP-Tennessee Applauds Rep. Blackburn for Defending Gibson Guitar from Obama Administration

September 13, 2011

The Obama Administration used federal marshals to raid a Nashville company, Gibson Guitars, in August; in an effort to find woods that were illegally imported from India. Tennesseans already know this story, what should make us all furious is the duplicitous way this raid was carried out, and the hypocrisy of Obama’s actions.

AFP-Tennessee commends Rep. Marsha Blackburn for taking Gibson Guitar’s defense to the nation’s capital; hosting a press conference with Speaker Boehner to deplore the federal government’s running roughshod over Gibson Guitar’s business, and civil rights.

AFP responds to President Obama’s jobs speech before Congress

September 09, 2011

In response to President Obama’s speech before Congress, the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) released the following statement.

AFP President Tim Phillips:

Tonight President Obama finally admitted how poorly the economy is performing three years into his presidency. Unfortunately, he proceeded to double-down on the same failed policies that made this recession even worse.

Americans have seen this before and they know the president's path leads to more job losses, more budget deficits and more malaise. The president’s full-throated call for more government to get us out of this recession tells us all we need to know about his proposal. Tonight we heard a speech where the president talks more about government action than freeing up private sector action. That's backward.

Rising City Pension Costs Plague Knoxville

September 08, 2011

The City of Knoxville is staring at rising pension costs that could be as high as $30 million in just eight years.

The biggest problems with the above statement is we do not know what the pension cost will be in 2019. Because Knoxville, like most local and state governments, operates its pension as a defined-benefit plan it is impossible to know what the actual costs to taxpayers will be.

Should the stock market tank more than it has recently, should health care costs keep skyrocketing, should government employees keep receiving raises that are unheard of in the private sector during a deep recession (read our blog on Knoxville’s extra-generous compensation here), and it’s possible the city’s pension liability will grow well beyond $30 million.

Don’t Fall for Ozone Distraction

September 06, 2011

By Phil Kerpen
Vice President, Policy, Americans for Prosperity

The disastrous EPA proposal for unreasonably low ozone standards would have destroyed over seven million jobs and ground industrial activity to a halt. Nearly the whole country would have been out of attainment.

Obama said that he would pause the regulations “at this time.” He went on to explain: “Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013.” In other words, Obama still plans to pursue this disastrous regulation, but not until after the next election.

Most likely, that was always the plan. The out-of-cycle ozone reproposal never made much sense from a political or practical standpoint, given the weak economy, the impending election, and regularly-scheduled review in 2013.

Supporting a Moratorium on New Government Regulations

September 01, 2011

Government regulation – according to a government study! – is costing the American economy over $1.7 trillion (trillion with a t) in lost productivity and added expenses.

The Small Business Administration’s report (which you can read here) estimates that regulation costs to the typical American family are 50% greater than health care costs. The over $15,000 in regulatory costs appear in the form of lost wages, higher taxes, higher unemployment, higher costs for goods and services and lower productivity.

Our economy can no longer absorb these burgeoning regulatory costs that force families and small businesses to invest more time, money and energy in paperwork and the bureaucratic process, instead of investing in children’s education, paying off the mortgage, or expanding the business.

We must change the culture of government!

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