TAXATION

Lee-Rubio Tax Plan Would Jack Up Rates On Middle Income Earners

by LEWIS K. UHLER AND PETER J. FERRARA

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

The tax reform plan that Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida proposed has been scored as sharply increasing economic growth because of its tax policies for savings, investment and business.

But for personal, individual income taxes, rates in the …

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BUDGET & SPENDING

$500 Million Dollar California Waste for Duplicate Program

As the debate rages nationally about federally subsidized phone service for low-income Americans (the so-called “Obama phone” under the wireless Lifeline program of the Universal Service Fund), the widely criticized California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is forcing state consumers to pay almost half a billion dollar a year for phone service subsidies that …

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Editorial: Californians not willing to tax themselves

But not so fast. For one thing, polls this far away from an election are highly volatile. As was pointed out by Joel Fox of the Small Business Action Committee, just look at the polls in the Republican primaries. One day Mitt Romney’s poll numbers make him look invincible. The next day he’s losing in South Carolina to Newt Gingrich. And who knows what will happen in Florida on Jan. 31. A major factor is that people are not focusing on the November election. It’s still more than nine months away. No one has seen the ads, pro and con, for the Brown initiative. Other tax-increase initiatives also may be on the ballot. Gov. Brown’s “temporary,” five-year tax increase includes two components: an increase of 1 or 2 percentage points in the state income tax for those making $250,000 or more per year. And a half-cent sales tax increase. But when the poll broke down the two taxes, Californians became schizophrenic. The income-tax boost on the “rich” was favored by 68 percent of likely voters. But 64 percent opposed raising sales taxes, which everybody pays. That brings to mind the old saying, “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that man behind the tree.” We also don’t know what condition the economy will be in later this year. The major economic surveys, such as those by Chapman University, anticipate continued moderate growth. But nobody knows what lies ahead. A sudden shock, like the September 2008 financial meltdown, could strike the country. War in the Persian Gulf could send oil prices into the stratosphere. And the European debt crisis could crash. People in a renewed recession would be less likely to increase their own tax burdens. Then there’s the finding that 55 percent of likely voters, in the PPIC summary, “believe state government could cut spending and still provide the same level of services.” So people still are skeptical that government has done enough to save on current spending. “Raising taxes at this point is just so beyond the pale,” Lew Uhler told us; he’s the president of the Roseville-based National Tax-Limitation Committee. “I just don’t see people buying into the class-warfare stuff. They’re not only trying to increase taxes on high-income families, but also the sales tax.” He pointed out that the governor remains an enthusiast for the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its spending plan of at least $99 billion on a project widely considered a boondoggle. “He’s re-establishing his Gov. Moonbeam name by this craziness,” Mr. Uhler said. The last time Californians passed a tax-increase initiative was in 2004 with Proposition 63. It increased state income taxes on millionaires by 1 percentage point to fund mental-health programs. Yet it passed with just 54 percent of the vote even though opponents spent just $13,000 compared with proponents’ approximately $4.7 million. And that was during the height of the real estate boom, when it seemed the good times never would end. Times are different now. The economy still is hobbled. Any tax increases will face solid opposition. Bring it on. …

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Hillary’s Tax Reform Throwback Reveals There Is Nothing Progressive About Progressivism

Hillary Clinton is on the campaign trail telling us that as president, she will “build a growth and fairness economy.” But following in the footsteps of Obama, with his same “progressive” policies, she will deliver neither growth nor fairness, as he has failed to do. Hillary tells us, “We can’t create enough jobs and new businesses without more growth” and “We must raise incomes for hard working American workers, so they can afford a middle class life.” She adds, “Raises need to rise to keep up with cost, paychecks need to grow. …

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Jeb Bush Needs A History Lesson

Jeb Bush Needs a History Lesson

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It appears that the saying “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” applies even if the past includes your own father, and his former boss. Recently, former Florida Go

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BUDGET & SPENDING

Kill Corporate Income Tax To Kickstart The Recovery

Recent reports that the American economy actually shrank last quarter cry out for bold, new policies that will spur robust economic growth. No more “progressive” redistribution to fight “income inequality.” …

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BUDGET & SPENDING

LA Times: Taxpayer activists criticize California’s purchase of new cars

“The excesses and absurdities never seem to end with government,” said Lew Uhler, president of the California-based National Tax Limitation Committee. “Infuriation never ends with the way that they operate.” The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer …

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TAXATION

Lew Uhler Quoted in the Sacramento Bee

Drive to seek tax hikes to help schools …

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NTLC Analysis of November 2012 California Ballot Propositions

“With the sheer number and complexity of the measures this election, ‘Ballot Fatigue’, and across the board ‘no’ votes can occur. It would be tragic if these measures were swept away by the crescendo of ‘no’s’ deserved by the other eight measures. These three propositions – 32, 33 and 35 – earned a ‘yes’ vote because they will be of great help to California’s future.” stated Lewis K. Uhler, President of NTLC. …

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Putting Congress Back in Control of Tax Policy

As posted in the Washington Times July 9, 2014:

By Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara

House Speaker John A. Boehner is confronted by a president who has become virtually lawless: He runs roughshod over existing laws and legislation by changing them or not enforcing them, in complete violation of the separation …

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