AFP-Missouri Commends House for Passing Bill Easing Hair Braiding Licensing

Group commends House for taking first step to remove licensing barrier for hair braiders

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri applauds the Missouri House for passing HB 1500, a bill that would reduce over-burdensome licensing requirements for hair braiders. According to estimates, hair braiders must complete 1,500 hours of training, which can cost upwards of $25,000. HB 1500 would significantly reduce the licensing requirements by only mandating they pass a test on proper sanitation methods.

“We applaud the members of the House for passing this legislation so quickly,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “By modifying licensing requirements to an appropriate level, this commonsense bill will give many Missourians a chance at a better life by doing what they love. We look forward to the Senate quickly passing its corresponding legislation so we can have the bill signed soon.”

AFP-MO Praises Senate on Historic Tax Bill, Disappointed in Sen. McCaskill

Group praises Sen. Roy Blunt and those who passed historic tax reform bill

Jefferson City, MO – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri released a statement following the Senate’s approval to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and send it to the President’s desk for his signature. This bill will deliver tax relief to the middle class and small business, make American companies more competitive globally, and remove many special interest carve-outs and loopholes. Missouri’s senior Senator Roy Blunt voted to approve the bill while Sen. McCaskill voted against the bill.

“Our activists and Missourians throughout the state are thrilled Congress has delivered on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver meaningful tax reform that will grow our local businesses and deliver tax relief to hard-working Missouri families,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “Tax reform has been our top priority all year, and we’re thrilled the President will be able to sign this before Christmas. We applaud leaders in Congress and the Trump White House for their commitment to get tax reform done this year. Sen. Blunt has played a pivotal role championing this legislation and has made Missourians proud.”

“Unfortunately, Sen. McCaskill couldn’t overlook partisan politics and put her constituents first,” Cady continued. “It’s disappointing considering the Senator had previously expressed a willingness to work with congressional leaders and President Trump. We will hold her accountable for her voting record, including her vote against this historic tax package.”

AFP-MO: Sen. McCaskill Has a Chance at Redemption

Group Encourages Sen. McCaskill to right her vote with upcoming tax reform vote

Jefferson City, MO – Earlier today, the final bill that both the Senate and House will vote on was released by the conference committee. Sen. McCaskill voted against the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an unpopular decision in the Show Me State. With another opportunity to vote for comprehensive tax reform to unrig the economy, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri has released a statement urging Sen. McCaskill to reconsider her position.

“Like many Missourians, we’re disappointed, but not surprised, Sen. McCaskill chose to vote against a tax reform bill that makes American companies more competitive and offers relief to Missouri families,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “The Senate’s action earlier this month was not the final word, next weeks Senate vote on the conference bill will provide an opportunity for Sen. McCaskill to right her wrong. Tax reform will greatly benefit Missouri, plain and simple and she should get on board.” Cady continued, “Sen. McCaskill has always said she’s willing to work across the aisle and be bipartisan. Now is her chance to be a leader and represent Missouri, not her party.”

AFP-Missouri Disappointed in Sen. McCaskill’s Vote Against Tax Reform

Group disappointed in Sen. McCaskill's vote against Missouri families and small businesses

Jefferson City, MO – On the heels of Sen. McCaskill voting against the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Missouri released a statement condemning the action. By voting “No,” Senator McCaskill attempted to deny her constituents the opportunity to unrig the U.S. economy and provide families, individuals, and businesses an opportunity to cut corporate welfare, and lower tax rates.

For months, Sen. McCaskill has expressed willingness to work with President Trump and her colleagues and has even publicly supported many aspects of the bill, including reducing the corporate rate and removing corporate welfare from the tax code. In 2015, Sen. McCaskill admitted, “The current U.S. tax system is broken and needs reform.”

“It’s disappointing though not surprising Sen. McCaskill was willing to give-in to partisan politics over her constituents,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will make America competitive globally, provide tax relief to small business business and hard-working families, and rid our tax code of many loopholes and special interest carve-outs.” Cady continued, “For months, Sen. McCaskill has stated her willingness to be a part this once-in-a-generation opportunity, yet at every turn, she found ill-informed reasons to deny Missourians the benefit of tax reform. It’s a shame. On the other hand, it’s no surprise Sen. Blunt voted with Missouri families in mind and for that, Missourians thank him.”

AFP-Missouri Applauds Trump’s Vision for Tax Reform

Group echos President's urgency to pass meaningful tax reform

Jefferson City, MO – With an expected Senate floor vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act coming soon​President Trump spoke in St. Charles today, offering a positive outlook for the nation when tax reform is ultimately passed. A recently released Boston University study shows the corporate tax changes would mean $3,500 more income for each working American household, not counting what they will save on their taxes.

“We support President Trump’s vision of tax reform for the American people,” said AFP-Missouri State Director Jeremy Cady. “It’s crucial the Senate pass this bill. We need pro-growth tax reform that will make America more competitive and provide relief to small businesses, allow families to keep more of their money, and remove the cronyism riddled throughout our tax code. This is an once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass meaningful reform – we have to get this done.”

Jeremy Cady recently recorded two segments commenting on what tax reform would mean for Missouri and why Sen. McCaskill should vote for tax reform. You can view the video here.

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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.”

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.

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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?”