Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Americans For Prosperity gives Kudos to Bolling

Americans for Prosperity Applauds
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling
-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-

RICHMOND-The Virginia chapter of the free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-VA) today applauded Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.” By doing so, Bolling joins over 160 lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”
“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses.” said AFP-VA State Director Ben Marchi. “We encourage all of Virginia’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign.”
“I oppose the federal energy tax (cap and trade) and would oppose any similar federal or state legislation that would result in a tax increase on American businesses and make them less competitive in the global marketplace,” Bolling added.
President Obama has made no secret of his intent to advance the cap-and-trade legislation, which would amount to the largest tax increase in American history. One version of the scheme, introduced last year by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), is scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office as a net revenue increase of $1.2 trillion within just the first 7 years the bill is in effect.
“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Marchi. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”
The pledge is available online at http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/Documents%20and%20Settings/John.Zevitas/Local%20Settings/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/New%20Jersey/www.NoClimateTax.com. AFP does not endorse candidates. All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.

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