AFP-KS update: Tax Day Tea Parties planned in Kansas, April 15

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Tax Day Tea Parties planned in Kansas, April 15
Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity-Kansas
March 26, 2009
In this issue:

* Tax Day Tea Parties planned for April 15
* Budget Stabilization fund passes both chambers
* Taxpayer-funded lobbying
* AFP-Kansas is now on Twitter!

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A Message from State Director Derrick Sontag:

As Tax Day approaches, AFP will be taking an active role in organizing Tax Day Tea Parties in Topeka and Wichita. Millions of Americans will be turning over their hard-earned tax dollars to a bloated, inefficient, and wasteful federal government.

We can’t spend our way out of debt, and we can’t drown future generations in this burden of debt that we’re creating. Join us at the Wichita Airport Post Office and at the Topeka Postal Annex on Wednesday, April 15 for Tax Day Tea Party rallies.

You can learn more about these events, and can sign up online at www.afpks.org. Of course, there is no cost to attend the rallies, but please register online so we can get an idea of what kind of crowd to expect.

I hope you will join AFP-Kansas is demonstrating to Washington that enough is enough!

Sincerely,

Derrick

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Budget stabilization bills pass both chambers:

A key component of our 2009 Legislative Agenda was a budget stabilization fund. We believe a budget stabilization fund is necessary because:

* Building reserves during times of tax revenue increases are crucial to weathering a drop in state revenue.
* With a budget stabilization, or ‘rainy day’ fund, taxpayers win because it’s less likely a tax increase will be necessary to pay for government services during a downturn. Those who rely on government programs will know money has been saved to ensure state services will continue.
* Only five states operate without a budget stabilization fund.

We released the following statement Tuesday in response to Senate passage of a budget stabilization fund.

“AFP has been advocating for the passage of a budget stabilization fund since its inception,” said AFP-Kansas state director Derrick Sontag. “It’s encouraging that our legislators see the importance of establishing a rainy day fund to help our state weather economic downturns.

“The House and Senate have approved different versions of the budget stabilization fund, with the Senate including a constitutional amendment in its legislation. Both measures passed by wide margins, which indicates broad support.” Read more
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Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying in Kansas:

As we all recently witnessed, the President has no qualms with earmarking appropriations in the federal budget, as long as they’re not for the “evil” private sector. Mr. Obama stated that ” The awarding of earmarks to private companies is the single most corrupting element of this practice, as witnessed by some of the indictments and convictions that we’ve already seen.”

President Obama has explained that, “Private companies differ from the public entities that Americans rely on every day — schools, and police stations, and fire departments.” What he failed to mention however, is the process by which these “public entities” as mentioned receive their piece of the federal pork pie. It’s called taxpayer-funded lobbying, and it’s the practice of state and local governments, universities, and other public authorities to hire Washington-insider lobbyists to raid the U.S. treasury and ensure more earmarks flow their way. Read more

Follow us on Twitter:

AFP-Kansas will be providing instant updates during key legislative debates on Twitter. To see what we’re doing, log on to Twitter, sign up for a free account and start following us! This is just another tool that allows us to post legislative updates and information about our events.

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Useful Resources:

Kansas Votes: This new online resource shows how your legislator has voted. You can search according to keyword or bill number, or by legislator at www.kansasvotes.org.
American Majority:American Majority is a non-profit, non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leadership committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

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Americans for Prosperity-Kansas
Topeka : 785-354-4237 · Wichita: 316-269-4170
info@afpks.org
www.americansforprosperity.org/kansas

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