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Stop the Internet Sales Tax

Americans for Prosperity is proud to join a coalition of organizations calling on Congress to oppose the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act. This legislation would grant new taxing authority to states on businesses outside of their jurisdiction and create a host of new regulatory and compliance burdens. We’ve joined with several other organizations to […]

Issues

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!

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.