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NOVEMBER IS COMING … Sen. John Edwards: Against Virginia Energy Independence

September 27, 2011 J

As Virginia and the rest of the nation continue to struggle with financial uncertainty, one of the continuing drags on the economy is the consistently high price of energy. Increased fuels costs impact nearly every sector of the marketplace, from the price of filling up your gas tank to buying a loaf of bread at your local supermarket.

While the Obama Administration has declared nearly all-out war on the varied fuel industries, with the rare exceptions of suspect solar and wind power concerns, there are a few areas where there appears to be hope. As Virginia anticipates the sale of leases to explore for energy off its Atlantic coast, the legislature has already moved to put in place a mechanism to use the expected royalties responsibly.

Tim Kaine Signs onto Obama’s Stimulus Part II

September 22, 2011 J

After a lengthy period of silence, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Tim Kaine has announced that he will indeed support President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes to fund his ill-advised second attempt at spending his way into economic prosperity.

As history shows, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 squandered nearly $800 billion of taxpayer, showering the funds on suspect – yet administration approved – solar panel companies and labor union interests. Meanwhile, unemployment still registers at 9.1-percent, the federal debt and deficit are at record levels, and America’s credit rating has been downgraded.

President Obama and those who agree with him are proposing to send good money after bad.

AFP-Virginia state director Trixie Averill today issued the following statement:

House Passes NLRB Restraint Bill, Connolly Sides with Big Labor

September 16, 2011 J

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from dictating to private companies where they conduct their business. The bill passed 238-to-186, with Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) siding with union interests, despite his previously undecided stance. Members of AFP-Virginia had visited Connolly’s district office this week in an attempt to sway him into siding with Virginians and continuing efforts to create jobs in the Commonwealth.

The legislation, HR2587, stems from NLRB’s heavy-handed and overreaching effort to prevent Boeing from building its new 787 jet airliners in South Carolina, a right-to-work state with affordable labor costs and a friendly business environment. H.R. 2587 would clarify that the NLRB does not have the power to order any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.

AFP-VA Urges Rep. Connolly to Support NLRB Restraint

September 12, 2011 J

About a dozen members of Americans for Prosperity-Virginia today urged Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) to support HR2587, which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance. The AFP supporters met with Connolly representatives at the Congressman's Prince William County district office.

The meeting was civil, cordial and productive, as AFP urged Connolly, who is publicly undecided on the bill, to vote for its passage when it comes up for a House vote as early as this week.

The legislation is in response to the NLRB lawsuit against Boeing, which wanted to produce its new 787s in South Carolina rather than Washington state. South Carolina is a right-to-work state, while Washington is not.

This is also very relevant to Virginia as the northern-most right-to-work state.

Virginia Director for AFP Trixie Averill issued the following statement:

AFP-VA Opposes Proposed Boost in Winchester Meals Tax

September 08, 2011 J

The City of Winchester is considering increasing its local meals tax in restaurants from 5-percent to 7-percent, effective in July 2012. Couple that with the existing Virginia sales tax, and folks who eat out in the city would be paying a total of 12-percent in taxes.

Americans for Prosperity’s Virginia chapter opposes the increase.

AFP-Virginia state director Trixie Averill issued the following statement:

“We are struggling through the worst economic times in living memory, and the Winchester City Council thinks it’s a good idea to raise taxes on consumers and therefore endanger small businesses which are already struggling to survive. This is like throwing gasoline on a fire.