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.”

Missouri Government Plate Codes

In case you ever wondered, here are the departments corresponding to the codes on Missouri government plates.

Code Dept
1 Governor
2 Lt Governor
3 Secretary of State
4 Auditor
5 Treasurer
6 Attorney General
10 Office of Administration
11 Dept of Agriculture
12 Dept of Conservation
13 Dept of Corrections
14 Economic Development
16 Dept Health and Senior Services
17 Education
18 MoDOT
23 Natural Resources
24 Natural Resources
29 Legislature
32 OA Fleet
33 OA Pool Cars

‘Dark Money’, Amendment 2 Court Decision, and Education Savings Accounts

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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.”

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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.”

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