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The Late Edition: October 3, 2012
Posted By:  - 10/03/12

Today’s Taxpayer News!

In this article from American Free Press, NTU’s Pete Sepp delves into the relationship between the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard requirement which mandates that increasing portions of corn be diverted to ethanol, and the higher prices Americans could end up paying for food as a result.  

Just in time for tonight’s first Presidential debate, Fox News takes a look at five key tax increases put forth by President Obama that hinder the ability of small businesses to be successful.

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The Late Edition: 2 October, 2012
Posted By:  - 10/02/12

Today’s Taxpayer News!

NTUF launched its line-by-line analysis of the spending agendas for Ohio Senate candidates Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel, finding the two swing-state candidates are about $110 billion apart.

A recent report by State Budget Solutions found that each state government carries an average debt load of $13,425 per capita, amounting to an astounding $4 trillion for the nation as a whole.

Are Obama claims about Romney’s tax plan accurate? The Tax Foundation hits back on charges of severe middle class tax hikes should Romney’s plan be implemented.

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The Late Edition: October 01, 2012
Posted By:  - 10/01/12

NTU’s Pete Sepp weighs in on the battle over defense spending and the cancelation of the costly F-35 fighter program.

According to a new report from the Tax Policy Center, 90 percent of Americans will be hit with higher taxes---equaling a jaw-dropping total of $536 billion for 2013---unless Congress acts to stop the batch of tax hikes and automatic cuts.

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Speaking of Taxpayers, August 31 (AUDIO): Social Media Tips for Taxpayers Groups
Posted By:  - 08/31/12

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NTU's communications manager and "Speaking of Taxpayers" co-host Doug Kellogg offers valuable tools for new taxpayer advocacy groups venturing into social media, the "Fiscal Five" returns with new tax-related issues from at home and abroad, and NTUF's Dan Barrett takes a closer look into Paul Ryan's voting record.

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The Late Edition: August 29, 2012
Posted By:  - 08/29/12

Today’s Taxpayer News!

NTU’s vice president Pete Sepp was featured in a recent article in the Washington Times examining the whereabouts of $1 million in federal stimulus funds that the Federal Communications Commission handed over to a London-based company in hopes of it creating jobs. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the company, SamKnows Ltd, created all of zero new jobs in the United States.

Good news for taxpayers still reeling from the General Services Administration’s reckless spending bout that resulted in $823,000 worth of taxpayer dollars wasted on a training conference. A recent article from the Washington Post  highlights the GSA’s self-reported savings of $11 million since April.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) speaks out in US News against taxpayers being forced to fork over $18 million in 2012 to both the Democratic and Republican parties for their respective conventions.


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Speaking of Taxpayers, August 24 (AUDIO): Online Sales Tax Threat Looms in Washington
Posted By:  - 08/28/12

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NTU's Andrew Moylan joins the podcast to discuss the subtle forces mounting a push for federal mandated online sales taxation & NTUF's Demian Brady discusses the plethora of post office re-namings taking Congress' attention.
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The Late Edition: August 27, 2012
Posted By:  - 08/27/12

Today's Taxpayer News!

Forbes contributor Peter Ferrara cuts through the political chatter and assumptions about Mitt Romney’s tax proposal.

A recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office note how 2012 will become the fourth year in a row that the Federal government will be operating with a trillion-dollar deficit. The report confirms the need for Washington to act now to reduce spending and rein in the deficit.




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Governor Kasich's Alternate Reality
Posted By: Lee Schalk - 08/27/12

It’s time for a reality check. Over at Opportunity Ohio, our friend Matt Mayer just released this report, listing 10 erroneous claims being made by Governor John Kasich to defend his severance tax hike plan. While the tax plan isn’t law yet, it’s already posing a serious threat to Ohio’s economic growth and has caused Ohio’s “attractiveness for energy exploration” ranking to plummet. We’ve also seen that Ohioans aren’t falling for the tax scheme. Yet somehow, Governor Kasich still insists on defending it. While this is a perfect time to reduce Ohio’s burdensome income tax, lawmakers should look at common sense trims to spending and avoid taxing the promising energy industry. The following excerpt from the Opportunity Ohio report explains why, fundamentally, this type of tax is not in Ohio’s best interest:

  • Kasich Claim #5: Higher taxes will result in more energy activity in Ohio.
    • Fact: As free market economist Milton Friedman and President Ronald Reagan both noted, if you want less of something, then tax it. It simply defies common sense that Ohio will get more oil and gas activity by increasing the taxes on that activity – even if this one tax remains lower than other states. If Ohio wants more oil and gas activity, it should leave the tax rate at its current level to ensure the gap between Ohio and other states remains as big as possible. Why risk chasing away energy companies, the jobs they will create, and the economic activity in hotels, restaurants, hardware stores, and other secondary goods and services providers? A Fraser Institute survey of energy company executives showed that Ohio fell from #2 to #14 in terms of attractiveness for energy exploration because of Governor Kasich’s severance tax hike plan.

Clearly, Ohioans deserve better than a tax plan that undermines investment and hurts job creation in their state. The growing energy economy has been estimated to generate over 200,000 jobs, increase output by over $22 billion and taxable wages by over $12 billion. Ohio’s leaders should strive to turn those estimates into a reality while reducing spending that grew by 43 percent (even adjusting for inflation and population growth) from 2000 to 2010. Let’s hope they come to their senses sooner than later.

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Ohioans Aren't Falling for Kasich's Tax Scheme
Posted By: Lee Schalk - 08/07/12

Ohio Governor John Kasich should have scrapped his energy tax proposal by now. I wrote last month that Ohio fell from second place to fourteenth place in attractiveness for energy exploration thanks to the governor’s proposed severance tax hike plan. Really, this came as no surprise. Tax hikes on a promising industry are a surefire way to hamper economic growth and cause investors to run for the hills.

Now, it’s not just oil and gas executives who are up in arms over Governor Kasich’s tax scheme. Ohioans clearly have a deep understanding of how higher taxes would impact them. According to this recently released battleground survey, 72 percent of Ohioans believe that higher taxes on the energy industry will be passed on to them, 40 percent think job creation in Ohio will be hindered, and 49 percent feel that government spending should be slashed to pay for a state income tax cut. That’s a lot of angry taxpayers. Hate to say it governor, but you really should have seen this one coming.

In the words of our good friend Matt Mayer, “Ohioans just don’t support tax hikes on small business energy entrepreneurs, farmers, and landowners. There is a better way to provide tax relief to all Ohioans.” The 13,500 Ohio members of the National Taxpayers Union wholeheartedly agree. Our simple suggestion is this: trim back wasteful spending and reduce the burden of government! Consider the following numbers from NTU Vice President Andrew Moylan’s June 5th letter to Governor Kasich:

In 1990, general fund expenditures for Ohio stood at just under $11.6 billion. By 2009, they had grown to roughly $27 billion, an increase of 131 percent. Even adjusting for inflation, Ohio’s budget swelled by a staggering 41 percent. If Ohio’s political leaders simply had restrained spending to annual inflation plus population growth over that period, Ohio’s general expenditures in 2009 would have been roughly $7.5 billion less. By comparison, in Fiscal Year 2010, total state and local individual income tax collections amounted to $7.88 billion.

It’s painfully obvious that modest spending restraint in recent years would have allowed for a near complete elimination of the state income tax. Keeping these figures in mind, Governor Kasich should inject some common sense into his tax plan by pairing state income tax cuts with reductions to spending. The people of the Buckeye State are too smart to fall for the governor’s tax proposal as it currently stands.

Once again, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of Matt Mayer’s Taxpayers Don’t Stance a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (And What To Do About It) if you’re interested in Ohio politics.

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