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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   [...]


Legal Defense Costs Way More in Knox County

August 22, 2011

The Knox News-Sentinel has a great report on the ballooning costs for legal defense in Knox County that finds questionable costs and irresponsible use of taxpayer money.

While only 7% of the state calls Knox County home, the paper’s report reveals the county consumes 17% of the state’s budget for indigent defense. By comparison; Davidson, Hamilton and Shelby counties all use .4 to 11.5% less than Knox. With 12 attorneys charging at least $100,000 last year to defend Knox County’s poor – more than any county in the state – Knox County’s defense attorneys are being paid handsomely.

AFP Opposes Health Care Exchanges as False Choice for States

August 19, 2011

AFP has just submitted official comments to HHS on the first major round of health care insurance exchange regulations issued under the President’s new health care law. The regulations from HHS lack any meaningful flexibility for states to control their exchanges, which is critical to maintaining the quality and availability of health care coverage.

In our comments, AFP focused on three major flaws in the regulations: lack of flexibility, threats to the privacy of patients’ information and whether HHS has committed a regulatory taking by mandating insurers disclose patient data.

* AFP Comments on Establishment of Exchanges

Another Union Power Grab

August 16, 2011

Obama's union boss buddies poured hundreds of millions into getting him and his Democratic allies elected in 2008, but they were unable to pass their signature legislation stripping workers of private ballot rights. And in last year's midterm election, they were wiped out.

But Obama's union buddies at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) won't take no for an answer.

The board is packed with radical union lawyers that Obama installed by the back door – so-called recess appointments to sidestep the Senate. Consider the words of Craig Becker, the former SEIU lawyer Obama put on the NLRB without Senate approval:

"Employers should be stripped of any legally cognizable interest in their employees' election of representatives."

TN’s Public Pensions Deeper in Red than State Admits

August 15, 2011

Hogwash – meaningless or insincere talk, nonsense. When the leader of the union representing Tennessee’s government employees, the Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA) states a ‘comfort’ level with solvency of the state’s pension program, do not be fooled by the hogwash.

According to work produced by the American Enterprise Institute and cited in research by Dr. Arthur Laffer of Nashville and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (how many more smart people must be cited before this has credibility?), the state of Tennessee has an unfunded pension liability of over $30 million.

That’s $30,000,000.00

Labor unions representing government employees do not have an incentive to tell the full truth – government pension programs are bankrupting cities and states across the country – because their membership benefits from the gross disparity between public and private sector retirement benefits.

50% Off Defending the American Dream Summit

August 10, 2011

Please join Americans for Prosperity Foundation and thousands of grassroots activists for the 5th annual Defending the American Dream Summit on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5 at the Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC. 

For a limited time we are offering 50% off regular registration and $70 off bus packages to the biggest and best Summit yet. Don't delay! This limited-time offer is good until midnight August 14th.

Sign up now to take advantage of this great opportunity!
Use the code “Dream50” for 50% off regular registration and "Bus70" for $70 off bus packages.

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