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.

Sen. McCaskill Continues Sidestepping Support For Middle Class Tax Relief

Recent Story Sheds Light on Sen. McCaskill's Lukewarm Support of Tax Reform

Jefferson City, MO – In an article Wednesday from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a state Democratic spokesperson defended Sen. Claire McCaskill’s resistance on tax reform by claiming the Senator “has been crystal clear that she supports tax reform that provides relief for the middle class…”

In unveiling their tax reform framework, Republican congressional leaders and the president said middle class families are “the focus of this framework” and that under their plan they will be “keeping more money in their pockets.” Not only will middle class families benefit from a smaller tax bill, but they will also benefit from a growing economy. A recent White House Council of Economic Advisers study found lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent would increase average household income in the U.S. by $4,000 a year. Other studies have reached similar conclusions including findings from the Tax Foundation and a group of scholars from Boston University.

“This is the typical McCaskill shuffle: talk up tax reform while at the same time undermine the effort” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “There is no argument that tax reform will provide relief to the middle class. Based on her public comments, this is a bill she should support. It’s looking more and more likely, however, that Sen. McCaskill will find an excuse to vote against it based on some partisan talking point. Right now, it is clear Sen. McCaskill is looking to get to a ‘no’ vote on tax reform when she should be siding with Missouri families instead of her political bosses in Washington.”

AFP-Foundation Sends 4th Right to Work Mailer to Missourians

Right to work means workers can decide if joining a union is best for their family

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP-Foundation) today sent the fourth in a series of mailers to Missourians about the new right to work law. The mailer is part of the organization’s six-figure effort to inform Missourians statewide about right to work through digital video and display ads, direct mail, events, door-to-door canvassing, and phone banking.

You can see the new mailer arriving in homes today here.

You can watch the digital video ad at ShowMeWorkerFreedom.com.

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 1.33.03 PM.png

AFP-Foundation Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“Right to work lets workers decide if joining a union or paying union dues is best for them and their family. Missouri workers have joined their colleagues in 27 other states in gaining the freedom to work without being forced to join or pay a union fee. Our latest mailer will make more Missourians aware of the law and how it increases worker freedom.”

AFP-MO Calls On Senator McCaskill To Vote “Yes” On Budget Resolution

Budget Vote is Necessary First Step in Enacting Tax Reform This Year

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri today called on Senator McCaskill to vote “Yes” next week on the Senate Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution. Passed out of the Senate Budget Committee, the budget contains reconciliation instructions that would pave the way for a tax reform package that would unrig the American economy and make the tax code fairer, flatter, and simpler for all families and businesses. AFP has issued a key vote alert on this legislation.

“Passing this budget is a critical first step towards enacting bold, pro-growth tax reform,” said AFP-Alaska State Director Jeremy Cady. “The framework President Trump and Congress released would provide tax relief to families and small business and remove special interest loopholes and carve-outs, both of which Senator McCaskill has publicly supported. By supporting this budget resolution, Senator McCaskill would show her constituents she isn’t letting partisan politics in Washington get in the way of helping Missouri families and small businesses.”

AFP-Missouri Announces Major Ad Buy Urging Sen. McCaskill To Support Tax Reform

Group Supports Unified Framework - Urges Passage This Year

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri has announced a seven-figure ad buy that urges Sen. McCaskill to support the “Big 6” tax reform framework released by the White House last week. The TV ad is part of a larger $4.5 million ad campaign by AFP, which also includes ads in Indiana and Wisconsin. Supplemented with a digital buy, the ad will run on cable and local networks for three weeks starting Friday.

As a part of the ad launch, AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady will participate in a media conference call. Details below.

AFP has focused its efforts all summer on reform that unrigs the economy – making the tax code fairer, flatter and simpler, lowering rates across the board and eliminating as many loopholes as possible. Last week, Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady visited with members of the Missouri congressional delegation and received an in-depth tax reform briefing from senior administration officials.

“The Unified Tax Reform Framework is the type of bold, pro-growth plan that makes the tax code simpler, fairer and flatter,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “The framework would deliver tax relief to families and small business while reducing loopholes and special interest carve-outs, all items Sen. McCaskill claimed she could find ‘common ground’ with President Trump.” Cady continued, “As a member of Senate Finance Committee, Sen. McCaskill can help champion this common-sense tax reform Missourians have vocally supported. Now is not the time to let partisan politics get in the way of delivering for her constituents.”

WATCH:

Tax Reform Ad screenshot.PNG

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AD

The ad features a woman explaining that tax reform isn’t a political issue:

“People are sick of politics. I am too.

But fixing our broken tax system isn’t about politics, it’s about helping people. It means the powerful, well-connected, the politicians – they’ll stop benefiting from a rigged system.

It means everyday Americans will have more money to spend on what’s important to them.

That’s what tax reform will do.

So what’s stopping us?”

Tax Reform is Washington’s Opportunity to Un-rig the Economy

There are 4,000 tax lobbyists in Washington, D.C. How many of them are working for you?

If you are like most Americans, the answer is none. Most people can’t afford well-paid tax lobbyists.

So while the lobbyists get their clients special favors, ordinary Missourians get the shaft – paying more of their hard-earned money in taxes than they should.  And Missouri pays a lot.  The federal government calculates more than 20 percent of our state’s economy goes to Washington, D.C. This means less money in our pockets to save, spend, or invest as we see fit.

This unfairness has Americans questioning the American Dream. According to an Election Day poll, 72 percent said that: “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.” And 54 percent said: “it is increasingly hard for someone like me to get ahead.”

It is hard to accept, but understandable.  Americans will pay more in taxes than they will spend on food, clothing, and housing combined. The result is ordinary Americans working harder than ever. They’re working overtime, part time jobs, and on weekends instead of spending time with their families.