AFP-MO: Sen. McCaskill Has a Chance at Redemption

Group Encourages Sen. McCaskill to right her vote with upcoming tax reform vote

Jefferson City, MO – Earlier today, the final bill that both the Senate and House will vote on was released by the conference committee. Sen. McCaskill voted against the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an unpopular decision in the Show Me State. With another opportunity to vote for comprehensive tax reform to unrig the economy, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri has released a statement urging Sen. McCaskill to reconsider her position.

“Like many Missourians, we’re disappointed, but not surprised, Sen. McCaskill chose to vote against a tax reform bill that makes American companies more competitive and offers relief to Missouri families,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “The Senate’s action earlier this month was not the final word, next weeks Senate vote on the conference bill will provide an opportunity for Sen. McCaskill to right her wrong. Tax reform will greatly benefit Missouri, plain and simple and she should get on board.” Cady continued, “Sen. McCaskill has always said she’s willing to work across the aisle and be bipartisan. Now is her chance to be a leader and represent Missouri, not her party.”

Claire McCaskill’s Tax Reform Brain Teaser

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s vote against the Senate’s tax reform plan shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed her career.  While she teased Missourians that she might come around and support the bill if Senate leaders would just “toss out this proposal and start fresh,” her “No” vote was never really in doubt.

So we fully expect that whatever final bill emerges once the House and Senate meet to iron out their differences, McCaskill will oppose that, too.  Which is odd because just a few years ago she was fulsome in her praise of a tax reform bill that contained nearly every provision she so strenuously objects to now.

It was called the “Gang of Six” plan and McCaskill told St. Louis Public Radio it “moves us towards a flatter tax, a fairer tax, and a tax that I think will spur economic development because it will remove so much of the complexities [sic] in the tax code.”

Let’s examine the Gang of Six plan’s features and compare them to the GOP plan McCaskill couldn’t bring herself to support.

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s vote against the Senate’s tax reform plan shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed her career. While she teased Missourians that she might come around and support the bill if Senate leaders would just “toss out this proposal and start fresh,” her “No” vote was never really in doubt.

Date: December 9, 2017
Appearance: GUEST COMMENTARY: Sen. McCaskill’s stance on tax reform is partisan politics as usual
Outlet: Columbia Missourian
Location: Columbia, MO
Format: Newspaper

AFP-Missouri Disappointed in Sen. McCaskill’s Vote Against Tax Reform

Group disappointed in Sen. McCaskill's vote against Missouri families and small businesses

Jefferson City, MO – On the heels of Sen. McCaskill voting against the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri released a statement condemning the action. By voting “No,” Senator McCaskill attempted to deny her constituents the opportunity to unrig the U.S. economy and provide families, individuals, and businesses an opportunity to cut corporate welfare, and lower tax rates.

For months, Sen. McCaskill has expressed willingness to work with President Trump and her colleagues and has even publicly supported many aspects of the bill, including reducing the corporate rate and removing corporate welfare from the tax code. In 2015, Sen. McCaskill admitted, “The current U.S. tax system is broken and needs reform.”

“It’s disappointing though not surprising Sen. McCaskill was willing to give-in to partisan politics over her constituents,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will make America competitive globally, provide tax relief to small business business and hard-working families, and rid our tax code of many loopholes and special interest carve-outs.” Cady continued, “For months, Sen. McCaskill has stated her willingness to be a part this once-in-a-generation opportunity, yet at every turn, she found ill-informed reasons to deny Missourians the benefit of tax reform. It’s a shame. On the other hand, it’s no surprise Sen. Blunt voted with Missouri families in mind and for that, Missourians thank him.”

AFP-Missouri Applauds Trump’s Vision for Tax Reform

Group echos President's urgency to pass meaningful tax reform

Jefferson City, MO – With an expected Senate floor vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act coming soon​President Trump spoke in St. Charles today, offering a positive outlook for the nation when tax reform is ultimately passed. A recently released Boston University study shows the corporate tax changes would mean $3,500 more income for each working American household, not counting what they will save on their taxes.

“We support President Trump’s vision of tax reform for the American people,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “It’s crucial the Senate pass this bill. We need pro-growth tax reform that will make America more competitive and provide relief to small businesses, allow families to keep more of their money, and remove the cronyism riddled throughout our tax code. This is an once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass meaningful reform – we have to get this done.”

Jeremy Cady recently recorded two segments commenting on what tax reform would mean for Missouri and why Sen. McCaskill should vote for tax reform. You can view the video here.

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AFP-Missouri Applauds House for Passing Tax Reform

Group applauds legislators for delivering on a once-in-a-generation opportunity

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri today praised the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and called on the Senate to follow suit by passing its version of tax reform as soon as possible. AFP-Missouri has been leading a grassroots effort to get a tax reform bill to President Trump’s desk by year’s end.

“I can’t think of a better way to head into the holiday season knowing Missouri families will likely see tax relief in the near future,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “This bill certainly lives up to its name as it will cut taxes and create millions of American jobs while ridding the tax code of special-interest carve outs, creating a fair system.” Cady continued, “Now it’s time for the Senate to act, and do so quickly. Our activists strongly encourage Sen. McCaskill to put aside the politics and support the Senate bill. Missourians are eager for the chance to keep more their hard-earned money and reap the benefits of a stronger economy. AFP-Missouri activists will hold accountable those Senators who stand in the way.”

The Burned-out Bloggers Guide to PR (Lexington, 2014)

I must annoy a lot of reports. That’s ok, looks like everyone else is too.

Kincaid goes into his time as a reporter and delves into the do’s and don’ts of seeking press coverage. Well, according to him at least.

Always keep in mind we’re all human and relationships matter.

 

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity (New York: Penguin Books, 2015)

I looked into OmniFocus, an app to help with productivity and keeping your thoughts and activities organized.

Researching the application I kept coming across “GTD.” Not knowing what it was, I looked into it as well.

Getting Things Done is about getting all those tasks, activities, to-dos, anything you feel you need to get done all on paper, or into OmniFocus in my case. Before you lose your thought, get it down.

It’s a method that tries to move you from thinking on the “what” to the “how.”

Once your thought is logged, you don’t have to remember to do it, the system will take care of that, now your energy can be focused on getting it done or thinking through the process to most effectively complete it.

McCaskill is right, the tax code is broken; will she help fix it?

In today’s heated political environment, it seems like Americans don’t agree on much of anything. But there is one issue that brings people from across the ideological spectrum together: tax reform. According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll, nearly 90 percent of Americans think it’s time to overhaul our broken tax code.

Tax reform unites Americans because fixing the outdated tax code isn’t about politics—it’s about helping people. But unless U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and other lawmakers are willing to set aside their partisan agendas, Missourians will continue to be trapped in a failed system that keeps them from getting ahead.

Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans feel like the economy is rigged against them. It’s no wonder—the current tax code is packed with loopholes and tax breaks carved out by an army of lobbyists in Washington working on behalf of special interests.

This year, tax loopholes are expected to total more than $1.5 trillion. These handouts overwhelmingly benefit the powerful and well-connected, and everyday Americans are paying more as a result.

Last year, IRS tax collections represented more than one-fifth of Missouri’s GDP. Billions of dollars that could have been used to create jobs, launch small businesses and grow our state’s economy went to Washington instead.

Americans feel stuck. The country is experiencing the weakest economic recovery since World War II. Here in Missouri and around the country, families are facing anemic economic growth and slow job creation.

That’s why the framework the Trump administration and leaders in Congress rolled out is so encouraging. The plan levels the playing field, simplifies the tax code and lowers rates for families and businesses.

Implementing this tax reform plan is the single best way Congress can improve the lives of all Missourians. Lowering individual tax rates means more money in families’ pockets to spend on what’s important to them. Closing loopholes for the special interests increases fairness. Lowering the corporate tax rate means more jobs and higher wages for American workers. And simplifying our tax code creates an unrigged economy where everyone can succeed.

Americans have seen tax reform work before. The Kennedy, Reagan and Bush tax cuts all helped createmillions of new jobs and thousands more in disposable income for American families.

Each of these tax cuts meant better lives for countless Americans, and it can happen again if lawmakers are willing to make good on their promises.

In the past, Sen. McCaskill has been a vocal supporter of tax reform. She said the current tax code was “broken and needs reform.” She said she supports lower corporate tax rates. She said she wants to level the playing field. She said she wants U.S. businesses to be competitive in the global economy once again.

Yet now that she has the chance to implement those kinds of reforms, Sen. McCaskill is balking. McCaskill likes to claim she’s for reasonable tax reform. But she recently signed onto a letter making a number of unreasonable demands that would block genuine tax reform.

If Sen. McCaskill is serious about helping Missourians, she should champion this tax reform framework. Fixing our broken tax code will unleash a new era of economic opportunity in which our state’s families and businesses can thrive. Sen. McCaskill shouldn’t stand in the way of that progress.

Remote: Office Not Required (New York: Crown Business, 2013)

An interesting read on the growing popularity of remote working.

With today’s technology it isn’t as great of a need to have workers in the same room, building, or even city. Collaboration can take place across borders and oceans.

Instead, companies have the opportunity to search out the best talent regardless of where they reside and employees have the option of being where they are most comfortable, happy, and productive.