Americans For Prosperity Calls on Sen. McCaskill to Seize Opportunity for Tax Reform

Jefferson City, MO – Americans For Prosperity (AFP) – MO announced today that it is launching a digital ad campaign to encourage MO taxpayers to contact Sen. McCaskill and tell her to support congressional efforts to fix our nation’s broken and overly intrusive tax code.

The Missouri campaign is part of a nationwide effort that AFP hopes will harness the American taxpayers’ frustrations with the nation’s tax laws into a grassroots movement supporting broad, pro-growth tax reform that is based on AFP’s 5 Principles: Simplicity, Efficiency, Equitability, Predictability, and No New Burdens on Taxpayers. The ad encourages activists in Missouri to contact Sen. McCaskill and tell her “it’s time to fix our broken tax code.”

Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“It is time to fix our broken tax code. We encourage Sen. McCaskill to use her position on the Senate Finance Committee to take a leadership role and work in a bipartisan way to pass pro-growth tax reform based on AFP’s 5 Principles of simplicity, efficiency, equitability, predictability, and no new burden on taxpayers. We call on Sen. McCaskill to ignore the special interests who benefit from a confusing and complex tax code and listen to the people who want change.” 

Last month AFP announced a vision for tax reform that includes:

  1. SIMPLICITY: Lower rates, fewer brackets, and the elimination of special loopholes, deductions, and exemptions will make tax compliance easier and more affordable.
  2. EFFICIENCY: A broad-based, low-rate tax system is the most efficient way for the government to collect revenue – causing as little disruption to the economy as possible.
  3. EQUITABILITY: Corporate welfare and special-interest handouts in the current tax code create an unfair, two-tiered tax system and should be eliminated.
  4. PREDICTABILITY: Tax certainty is essential to a pro-growth tax system.
  5. NO BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS: Comprehensive tax reform should be done without placing new burdens on the American people, whether in the form of a BAT, VAT, carbon tax, or otherwise.

Click here to learn more about AFP’s five principles of tax reform.

Tax Facts:

  • Since 1986, the last time Congress significantly reformed our tax laws, “the code has grown more complex by the year, as evidenced by the fact that Congress has made more than 5,900 changes to the code—an average of more than one a day—just since 2001,” according to IRS Taxpayer Advocate.
  • The U.S. Tax Code is 4 million words long.
  • Individuals and businesses waste billions of dollars and billions of hours complying with the code’s complex and convoluted requirements. In 2016, tax code complexity cost American taxpayers and businesses $409 billion dollars, and over 8.9 billion hours in compliance time—time and money that could be put to more productive use.
  • America’s byzantine tax policy, with the highest corporate statutory rates in the developed world, deters American business investments, stifles economic growth, and caused America to lose as many as 3 million jobs.

AFP-MO Delivers Letter To Senate Leadership Supporting Union Recertification

AFP-MO Delivers Letter With Other Groups Supporting Extraordinary Session on Union Recertification

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri (AFP-MO) today delivered a letter, signed by multiple outside groups, urging Senate leadership to ask Gov. Eric Greitens to call for an extraordinary session to take up union recertification. The legislation would give workers the opportunity to hold recertification elections on a regular basis. Many major outside groups have signed on to the letter including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 60 Plus Association, Frontiers of Freedom, Institute for Liberty, Taxpayer Protection Alliance, National Taxpayers Union, and Less Government.

You can view the letter here.

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

“Missouri made great strides this year by enacting right-to-work legislation. However, the legislature must go further and pass union recertification, critical legislation that will increase union accountability. We have an opportunity to build on the progress we’ve already made – the legislature must seize this opportunity. We call on the Senate Leadership to urge the Governor to call an extraordinary session and pass union recertfication.”

Americans For Prosperity Calls on Rep. Smith to Seize Opportunity for Tax Reform

Free Market Group Launches Major Grassroots Ad Effort

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity today launched its first ads as part of a major grassroots campaign urging dozens of Members of Congress to “un-rig” the economy by seizing the opportunity to enact pro-growth tax reform. The heavy six-figure investment on digital platforms is the beginning of a summer long, comprehensive effort by AFP to push for broad, pro-growth tax reform that is based on AFP’s 5 Principles: Simplicity, Efficiency, Equitability, Predictability, and No New Burdens on Taxpayers. The group will spend several hundred thousand dollars on digital advertising, and follow it with more investments, direct mail, door-to-door visits, and other grassroots action around the country.

Included in the first round of ads is one encouraging activists in Missouri to contact Rep. Jason Smith and tell him to “support AFP’s plan to un-rig the economy.”

Rep. Smith is an important member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which will write the tax reform bill the House will consider later this year. State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“Missourians believe the tax system is rigged and want a new one that is not only honest and fair, but will spur economic growth. We hope Rep. Smith will take a leadership role in passing pro-growth tax reform based on AFP’s 5 Principles of simplicity, efficiency, equitability, predictability, and no new burden on taxpayers. That also includes opposing a border adjustment tax – a trillion-dollar tax on consumers masquerading as a tax on imports.”

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 Healthcare.gov 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.”

BACKGROUND

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.”