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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.

Sen. Edwards (D-21st District): Conservative Government? No Way!

September 07, 2011 J

Virginia State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke, unchallenged in the general election since 1999, has come out forcefully against a conservative form of governance, despite mounting concerns about the growth of government, both in Richmond and in Washington, D.C.

Edwards told the Roanoke Times that he feels that “moderate” governing is best and believes the Senate should remain as it is, in order to prevent conservative approaches of government to take hold.

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

“It’s telling that John Edwards likes things the way they are in the Senate. As it stands now, he and his liberal allies can thwart attempts to streamline government and save the taxpayers money.

Virginia Gets Temporary Reprieve From Onerous EPA Regulations – Stay Vigilant, Virginia!

September 06, 2011 J

President Obama has temporarily delayed new rules to be imposed by the unelected bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency that would have punished American business by as much as $90 billion in new costs and jeopardized thousands of jobs right here in Virginia. That’s the good news, but the bad news is that the president intends to revisit the rules in 2013 – after the 2012 election.

The proposed rules, governing ozone standards and air pollution, amounted to nothing more than a back door Cap-and-Trade scheme and would have a disastrous effect on employers and the people of Virginia. Though the president has backed down at this point, those concerned with the free market and the expansion of the economy must not become complacent!

AFP's Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen issued the following statement:

Join AFP-VA at National TEA Party Express Roanoke Stop! (9/8/11)

September 03, 2011 J

Please join Americans for Prosperity's Virginia chapter for a rally to cut spending now as part of the National TEA Party Express tour!

Americans for Prosperity is a proud sponsor of the national tour. You'll hear plenty of good speakers and exchange ideas with people who share your core conservative principles.

What: National TEA Party Express Roanoke Stop

Where: 710 Williamsburg Road
Roanoke, Virginia

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011
12:30 p.m.

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