The National Tax Limitation Committee
The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) has been at work since 1975. We are one of the longest standing and strategically oriented pro-taxpayer/entrepreneur organizations in America.
NTLC grew out of work which Founder and President Lew Uhler did for then-Governor Ronald Reagan to constitutionally limit the growth of taxes and spending year over year in order to control the size of government (Proposition 1, California, 1973).
In late summer of 1978, believing that the time had arrived to begin work at the federal level, we reconvened many members of the Proposition 1 task force, including Milton Friedman, Bill Niskanen, Craig Stubblebine, and others. The federal spending amendment emerged. After months of careful deliberation, the Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment was fashioned.
Our goal continues, as we incorporate taxpayer support to effect state and federal spending limits.
Our Mission Statement
The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) was organized in 1975. Its mission has been: To provide national leadership to achieve the optimal size and functions of government and promote candidates and initiatives that support these goals.
What We Believe In
- Limited government as envisioned by our founding fathers and embodied in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
- Lower tax rates and reduced government spending so as to maximize human freedom and economic liberty.
- A role for government that will promote equality of opportunity not equality of outcomes.
NTLC and our foundation, The National Tax Limitation Foundation (NTLF), have organized numerous conferences and seminars around the Nation on critical issues, and we have participated as speakers and panelists in meetings sponsored by others. Uhler speaks regularly at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, sponsored by the American Conservative Union (ACU), on whose board he has served for years. NTLC’s operating philosophy has always been to partner with other groups and individuals in the accomplishment of mutual goals.
NTLC and NTLF are further supported by our distinguished Board of Advisors.
NATIONAL TAX LIMITATION FOUNDATION
The National Tax Limitation Foundation (NTLF) was founded in 1976 as the education and research arm of the National Tax Limitation Committee.
Our Mission Statement
NTLF was organized to support taxpayer education. Its mission has been to engage in educational and research activities which can facilitate structural change, reforms and discipline in government at all levels to assure constitutionally limited government as intended by the Founders of our Nation.
The Foundation has sponsored and participated in a wide range of activities involving the tax limitation/balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, state tax limitation measures, line-item veto, term limits for state and federal officeholders, advancing the concept of limited government through the medium of the optimal, or “right,” size of government, including the reallocation of functions between levels of government. More specifically, NTLF has:
- Designed the first tax limitation/balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution (S.J. Res. 58). (NTLF’s blue-ribbon drafting committee included Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Paul McCracken, Bill Niskanen, Craig Stubblebine, Walter Williams, Robert Bork, Aaron Wildavsky, Robert Nisbet, Robert Carleson, to mention but a few.) Provided the research and education support for the effort to secure state resolutions for the balanced budget amendment pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution and continues to assist these efforts.
- Sponsored numerous national and regional conferences, often involving State Policy Network organizations, local state policy councils, including “Revitalizing the Presidential Veto” (Forrest McDonald, Leno Graglia, James C. Miller, III, Stephen Glazier, Boyden Gray, Charles Cooper, etc.); “Amending the Constitution: Congress, the States and the Prospect of a Convention” (Ed Meese, M. Stanton Evans, Sen. Larry Craig, etc.); “Setting Limits: The Role of the States in America’s Fiscal Future” (Milton Friedman, John Sununu, Newt Gingrich, Richard Vedder, etc.); “California Leadership Issues Training” seminars to prepare new and prospective legislators; with National Center for Policy Analysis, cosponsored a conference, “The Optimal Size of Government” (Gerald Scully, Bill Niskanen, Rich Vedder, Grover Norquist, etc.)
- Published and distributed numerous studies and books, including “Meeting America’s Economic Crisis: A Roadmap to Emergency Spending Reductions,” “The Right of Peaceful Change: Article V of the Constitution” (John Armor); “Constitutional Aspects of the Balanced Budget Amendment (Antonin Scalia); “Setting Limits: Constitutional Control of Government” (Lewis K. Uhler); “Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America” (Erick Erickson and Lewis K. Uhler); prepared testimony/provided witnesses for numerous state/congressional hearings.
- For years has coordinated the Tax Cut Working Group Coalition of leading national taxpayer groups and think tanks, providing information and direction on tax/spending issues.