Tax Up 194% For Some

May 12, 2011

Rather than solving the state’s budget crisis by cutting spending, politicians in Baton Rouge are once again considering raising taxes to pay for more government waste.
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The latest scheme is a massive tax increase on tobacco. Don’t be misled, whether you smoke or not, this proposal is very bad news for Louisiana. House Bill 63, sponsored by Harold Ritchie (D-Bogalusa) will raise the state tax on a pack of cigarettes 194%! The bill also raises the tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco.

Many politicians believe that taxing tobacco products is somehow acceptable. But because of the far-reaching damage this will do to our economy, all of us, smokers and non-smokers, should oppose this tax.

What we can do:

Right now, this bill sits in the House Ways & Means Committee. The bill is opposed by Governor Jindal, but a number of state politicians are wobbling on their pledges to keep taxes low.

Americans for Prosperity has made it very simple to contact your legislators.  Click HERE to send your message this tax hike is wrong for Louisiana.

This isn’t about smoking; it’s about limiting government and FORCING our representatives to focus on the real issue, which is SPENDING. The state budget has grown nearly 150% since 1988 and we can’t keep paying for this waste.

The state tax per pack will shoot up from 36 cents to $1.06. A tax increase this large will do significant damage to the state’s economy. With every purchase (which we know will not stop) more and more money will be pulled out of our state economy and into the government’s hands. This tax increase will reduce the money available for other consumer goods, which will lead to higher prices across the board. Worse still, this will drive business out of state and online. If you know a smoker, you know that they can tell you by heart where the cheapest prices are.

The usual liberal groups, including unions and “public health experts” are pushing this bill. It’s a perfect fit for today’s modern liberal socialism: it ramps up the nanny-state apparatus and it brings in millions of dollars in tax money.

A few polite phone calls or emails can do a tremendous amount of good. Politicians keep track of how much feedback they get on every issue.

Required Readings:

 

Tobacco tax hike idea latest try to stop needed reform – Jeff Sadow, Between the Lines
Gov. Jindal’s Anti-Tax Discipline – Robin Edwards, Louisiana Tea Party Federation
Times-Picayune Letter to the Editor: Louisiana is Already Squeezing… – Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Tell Louisiana Politicians: NO More Tax Increases – Americans for Prosperity
Pelican Staters: Tell Your Legislators to Oppose Tax Hikes – Americans for Tax Reform

Say No To Higher Taxes – Louisiana GOP

It’s Politics: Gary Miller hopes move east will keep him in Congress this web site music notes facebook

Pasadena Star-News January 13, 2012 | Frank C Girardot Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, is moving on.

The longtime congressman has spent 13 years on Capitol Hill representing his hometown of Diamond Bar. And, those who live there know, Gary’s a fixture around town when he’s not in Washington.

In large part the state’s redistricting committee left Miller without a home. If he stayed in Diamond Bar, he’d have to go head- to-head with fellow incumbent Ed Royce, R-Orange. If he moved slightly east, he’d have to take on the dean of California Congressional Republicans, Jerry Lewis, R-Rancho Cucamonga – and possibly – Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, in a GOP Battle Royale.

But then Dreier’s name started popping up as a possible Republican candidate for Senate in a race against Dianne Feinstein. And suddenly this past week, Lewis announced his plans to retire.

So Miller has announced he will run for office in Lewis’s soon to be former district.

Political analyst Scott Lay has this to say about the race in the 31st Congressional District, which stretches between the 10 and 210 freeways between Montclair and Redlands:

“As of now, it appears that Miller will need to run against State Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) who lives in and currently represents most of this district in the Senate, and can rightfully label Miller as a carpetbagger,” Lay wrote Friday.

“Miller, however, has a huge financial advantage, and Dutton will have to cobble together enough funds to get the message out, but should do well with local fundraising and endorsements.” Which doesn’t really say much. Here’s some history. Miller has won every race he’s ever entered by using his financial advantage. Don’t count him out against Dutton. site music notes facebook

Whoever wins the GOP nod will take on perennial candidate and businessman Russ Warner, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar or non-profit exec Renea Wickman, Lay notes.

FACEBOOK THIS WEEK: Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte: “The military prison at Guantanamo Bay has now been open for 10 years. We must defend the United States against all threats, but it is equally important for America to live up to its highest ideals in the face of threats to our democracy. We cannot continue to detain people indefinitely without trial – that is not what America is, or should be about.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena: “The devastating windstorms that swept through our area on November 30 and December 1 caused millions of dollars of damage across the region. They also knocked out power for 340,000 households and businesses in the area. Some of those impacted waited almost a week for power to be restored.

“I believe it’s important we take the lessons from this event and apply them to future disasters…” Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena: “A small budget and low spending was worth the price for standing up for schools, cities and against prisoner release.

“It doesn’t get any clearer than having my budget cut to the lowest Democratic level for my policy stands. Now let’s hope the new transparency will allow votes to be cast free from pressure and based on merit.” Compiled by Frank C. Girardot Twitter.com/FrankGirardot Facebook.com/crimesceneblog Frank C Girardot


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