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Tax reform unites Americans because fixing the outdated tax code isn’t about politics—it’s about helping people.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.

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An interesting read on the growing popularity of remote working.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

AFP-Missouri Praises Tax Reform Plan

Group Applauds White House and Congress on Unifying Plan to Bolster Economy, Deliver Tax Relief

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri is applauding the White House and Members of Congress on the release of their bold, pro-growth tax reform plan unveiled today. The grassroots group praised the plan, which aims to simplify the tax code for businesses and individuals and deliver relief to all Missourians. Specifically, the group was pleased to see a decrease in individual and corporate rates, simplification of individual tax brackets, and the removal of most itemized deductions.

AFP 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. This 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 framework unveiled by the White House and Congress is exactly what Missouri needs,” said Jeremy Cady. “It delivers relief to families in the form of a rate cut and simplicity. It also spurs economic growth through lower taxes. Unlike the status quo where special interests are rewarded with carve-outs and loopholes, this tax plan institutes a more fair, simplified tax code for all individuals, families, and businesses.”

Cady continued: “AFP-Missouri will continue its grassroots efforts to educate Missourians on the benefits of this plan. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, we encourage Sen. McCaskill to support this framework that will undoubtedly bolster our state economy and institute fairness in the tax code for businesses and all individuals – something all members can get behind regardless of political party.”

AFP-Missouri Statement On Withdrawal Of Anthem In Select Missouri Counties

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri has released the following statement after Anthem announced it would stop offering individual healthcare plans to select Missouri counties and only offer plans in counties where they are the sole provider, allowing them to dictate prices and plans:

“Obamacare continues to wreak havoc on Missourians,” said Jeremy Cady, AFP-Missouri State Director. “It’s because of Obamacare that insurers like Anthem are maneuvering to monopolize healthcare in certain areas whereas a proper healthcare law would incentivize the opposite – more competition among insurers leading to reduced costs. This is one more of the many signs Obamacare is failing Missourians. It needs to be repealed and replaced immediately.”

AFP-Missouri Welcomes President Trump, Applauds Speech On Tax Reform

Group Pleased with President Trump's Push for Tax Reform to Unrig American Economy

Springfield, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri is excited President Trump chose to deliver a speech today on his bold vision for tax reform in Springfield. Since the inauguration of President Trump and the start of the new Congress, AFP has made tax reform its highest policy priority, knowing it can spur economic growth and provide relief to families in Missouri and across the country

President Trump’s speech outlined an approach similar to AFP’s plan to unrig a tax code that has only benefited the wealthy. This approach includes restoring fairness by removing special carve-outs, and loopholes and slashing the business tax rate to spur economic and U.S. job growth.

By the end of September, AFP will have organized more than 60 tax reform events in 36 states. So far, AFP has spent over $2 million on tax reform advertising and promotion. In Missouri, the group has spent five figures in digital advertising urging members from both political parties to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass comprehensive tax reform.

“President Trump’s speech outlined a bold vision for comprehensive tax reform, a vision all Americans can get behind,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “His speech hit on all of AFP’s key principles for tax reform and the need for our code to be simpler, flatter, and fairer. We thank President Trump for choosing Missouri as the location to kick off his push for tax reform and look forward to working with him on our shared goal of comprehensive tax reform.”

Cady continued: “Sen. McCaskill has admitted our tax code is in need of repair and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, we urge her to support any plan that makes our tax code more fairer, flatter, and simpler.”