Americans for Prosperity Opposes Special Handout

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri opposes HB 1 in the current special session. This legislation would grant Missouri’s electric utility ability to offer a special rate “not based on the cost of service” to aluminum smelting and steel work facilities. And to cover their potential losses in profit, the utility may increase its rate on other customers to “ensure the net operating income of the electrical corporation”.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement on the pending legislation:

“This bill is classic cronyism at work. It is wrong for the Legislature to create special utility rates for corporate customers at the expense of every other customer, especially our least fortunate and those living on a fixed income.”

New Evidence Shows Obamacare Crushing Missourians

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri reacted to two new data points showing Obamacare continues to debilitate healthcare in Missouri. First, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services release a report late yesterday comparing premium costs for individual market plans purchased by consumers in 2013 to Obamacare exchange plans purchased in 2017.  Covering the 39 states using the platform, the report found that in Missouri, the average monthly premium increased from $197 in 2013 to $483 in 2017, an increase of 145 percent!

Then today Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges in Missouri, citing “unsustainable” losses of $100 million through 2016.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“This official government report and the decision by Blue Cross-Blue Shield show that Obamacare is the costly disaster that continues to doom Missouri. Our worst fears about this law are coming true – more expensive healthcare and fewer options than before. Congress should not delay any longer in repealing this harmful law.”


In a letter issued earlier this week, Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity urged Senate lawmakers to repeal Obamacare and pass additional reforms that will reduce prices and create more affordable options for patients across the country. The two organizations offered to work with Senators who are working on health care legislation to build on the House’s recent efforts by repealing as much of Obamacare as possible. The groups also encouraged lawmakers to consider four key elements that would “drive down costs, create more affordable options, and expand access to quality care for everyone – especially those most in need.” Click here to read the full letter.

Americans for Prosperity – Missouri Calls on Rep. Smith to Oppose a B.A.T. as Part to Tax Reform

JEFFERSON CITY – In the wake of a new study by Americans for Prosperity (AFP) on industries that would be most affected by a border adjustment tax (B.A.T.), AFP-MO called on House Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08) to oppose the inclusion of a B.A.T. as part of any tax reform bill. The Ways and Means Committee will write the tax reform bill that the House will consider later this year and is holding a hearing this week on how tax reform will grow the economy.

A B.A.T. would slap a 20% tax on everything companies import into the U.S and would raise an estimated trillion dollars in revenue. Some lawmakers want to include a B.A.T. as part of an overall tax reform plan. AFP has consistently supported pro-growth tax reform that closes loopholes and lowers rates. The grassroots group believes a B.A.T. tax would amount to a trillion-dollar consumer tax that should be excluded from any plan.

The AFP report, The Border Adjustment Tax Impact by Industry, looked at how particular industries are threatened by a B.A.T.: manufacturing, energy, retail, financial services, and agriculture. Together these industries employ nearly a third of private-sector American workers. The report found that in Missouri, these industries contribute 28.7% to state GDP and employs 944,774 workers. This follows on the heels of a report AFP issued in April showing that Missouri would be hard hit by a B.A.T.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“This is a trillion dollar tax on consumers masquerading as a tax on imports. Our report shows it’s a raw deal for Missouri and our retail, finance, and advanced manufacturing sectors. Our activists urge Rep. Smith to reject this horribly unfair tax and we want him to know we’ll be watching him during the committee proceedings.”

AFP Commends Senate, Sen. Onder For Defending Free Speech

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri today applauded the efforts of Sen. Bob Onder and his allies for staging a successful filibuster against the inclusion of a harmful amendment introduced by Sen. Rob Schaaf to SB 305, a lobbying reform bill. The amendment would force non-profits to report their supporters to the government and also give broad authority to the Missouri Ethics Commission, threatening free speech in Missouri.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“We commend Sen. Onder and his allies for taking a strong stand for free speech in Missouri. All Missourians should be able to support causes without the fear of retaliation by government officials. We hope the tabling of the Schaaf amendment will convince the Senate to stop wasting time on this anti-free speech effort.They should focus instead on issues Missourians need addressed.”

Americans for Prosperity-Missouri Announces Paid Effort Supporting Recertification

JEFFERSON CITY – Today, Americans for Prosperity – Missouri announced they have begun a paid effort to support House Bill 251, a bill that would mandate union recertification elections every two years. The effort will include mailers to the districts of Sen. Dixon, Sen. Hegeman, Sen. Hoskins, Sen. Kehoe, Sen. Richard, Sen. Riddle, Sen Rowden, Sen. Schaaf, and Sen. Schatz.

The mailer thanks the Senators for their support of workers’ rights and urges they pass union recertification. You may view the mailer here.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement on the effort:

“This paid effort is to remind Senators there is still a lot of work to be done before they adjourn in less than two weeks. Missourians are counting on them to put aside their political differences and pass meaningful reform, which include union recertification and bolstering workers’ rights.”

Americans For Prosperity Condemns McCaskill’s Vote Against Judge Gorsuch, Praise Sen. Blunt

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri is disappointed in Sen. McCaskill’s NO vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Last week, Sen. McCaskill warned a group of donors to pitfalls of blocking Judge Gorsuch and proclaimed, “Gorsuch was one of the better ones.” On Thursday, Sen. McCaskill voted against cloture that would allow an up or down vote on the nominee. Meanwhile, AFP-MO thanks Sen. Roy Blunt for voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

Judge Gorsuch was confirmed in a bipartisan vote, 54-45.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“Only last week did Sen. McCaskill admit Judge Gorsuch ‘was one of the better ones.’ Yet, when asked her decision, Sen. McCaskill opted to play political games and side with the Washington establishment instead of listening to her constituents. We plan to hold Sen. McCaskill accountable for her decision to engage in political theater and utilize our grassroots force in Missouri to educate voters on her misguided decision to block and oppose the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.

“Americans for Prosperity thanks Sen. Blunt for his support and vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch. We believe Judge Gorsuch will be a great addition to the Court.”

Americans For Prosperity Condemns Senator McCaskill’s Decision To Oppose Judge Gorsuch

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri strongly condemns Senator Claire McCaskill’s decision to filibuster and oppose Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. Recently, the Kansas City Star reported that Sen. McCaskill was inclined to support Judge Gorsuchs nomination. However just days later, Sen. McCaskill announced she will not support his confirmation and will participate in the unprecedented Democrat filibuster.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“It is utterly disappointing Senator McCaskill is playing politics with the Nation’s highest court. Missourians made their voice heard in November and clearly stated they supported nominating a Supreme Court justice that would not legislate from the bench. Her rationale why she opposes Judge Gorsuch simply shows she is out of touch with Missouri.

“Judge Gorsuch’s record speaks to his commitment to the rule of law. It’s hypocritical for Democratic Senators to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. 10th Circuit in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion only to turn around and filibuster his Supreme Court nomination ten years later. I hope Senator McCaskill will reconsider her position and do what’s right for Missourians and the United States of America.”

AFP Applauds Missouri House for Reducing Regulations on Hair Braiders

House passes HB 230, relaxing regulations on hair braiders

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri today applauded the Missouri House for passing HB 230, removing unfair regulations on hair braiders in the state. African hair braiders are currently subjected to 1500 hours of schooling in order to obtain a license – schooling that provides no training in African hair braiding.  Further, braiders are forced to pay up to $15,000 for this schooling.

AFP Applauds Governor Greitens for Signing Right-to-Work Bill

By keeping campaign promise, Governor Greitens makes Missouri the 28th right-to-work state

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri (AFP-MO) today applauded Governor Eric Greitens for passing right-to-work. Less than a year and a half after right-to-work was vetoed, AFP-MO celebrated the worker freedom victory passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly.

AFP-MO State Director Jeremy Cady provided the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Greitens for keeping his campaign promise and standing up for all Missouri workers. Right-to-work guarantees a basic freedom – the freedom to work without mandatory union membership. No one should be fired from a job they love – in a place their skills are wanted – simply for refusing to pay a union. At long last workers in Missouri have been granted the basic freedom to work without fear of being fired for not paying a union.

Americans for Prosperity Applauds Right-to-Work Passage

Once governor signs bill into law Missouri will become 28th right-to-work state

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri (AFP-MO) today applauded the state legislature for passing right-to-work. The grassroots advocate for worker freedom has fought for right-to-work for years and was the lead proponent in 2015 when legislation was vetoed. AFP held multiple lawmakers accountable who opposed right-to-work that year and mobilized grassroots support for this year’s early session passage.