• Citizen Outreach Joins Coalition Calling for Pro-Growth Tax Reform


    Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, February 6th, 2017

    In the letter, addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the coalition urges significant progress to be made in the first hundred days of the Trump administration:

    “Given the importance of this issue, we believe it is imperative that the House of Representatives make significant progress in the first hundred days of the Trump administration toward passing comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform.

    “Passage of tax reform that simplifies and updates the code is key toward encouraging economic growth, creating more jobs and higher wages, and promoting innovation and ingenuity. The release of your ‘Better Way’ tax reform blueprint last year was the first step in achieving this important goal, and we encourage you to continue working to ensure tax reform becomes a reality.”

    Pro-growth tax reform should lower rates for families and businesses across the board, simplify the byzantine code, ensures small businesses and corporations can compete, and make lasting, permanent changes to law.

    The full letter is below and can be found here.

    February 6, 2017

    The Honorable Paul D. Ryan
    Speaker of the House
    U.S. House of Representatives
    H-232, The Capitol
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    The Honorable Kevin Brady
    Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means
    U.S. House of Representatives
    1102 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, D.C, 20515

    Dear Speaker Ryan & Chairman Brady:

    On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of your efforts to pass pro-growth tax reform into law in 2017.

    Given the importance of this issue, we believe it is imperative that the House of Representatives make significant progress in the first hundred days of the Trump administration toward passing comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform.

    Passage of tax reform that simplifies and updates the code is key toward encouraging economic growth, creating more jobs and higher wages, and promoting innovation and ingenuity. The release of your “Better Way” tax reform blueprint last year was the first step in achieving this important goal, and we encourage you to continue working to ensure tax reform becomes a reality.

    As you know, it has been more than 30 years since comprehensive tax reform was last signed into law. Since then, our foreign competitors have drastically reduced their rates, simplified their codes, and updated their systems to be globally competitive. Meanwhile, our tax code has almost tripled in size and has failed to keep pace with the norms of global tax competition.

    Tax reform should be viewed as an opportunity to reduce rates for all taxpayers while also repealing many of the discriminatory and preferential provisions in the code in favor of a broader base. Lawmakers also ought to repeal a number of unnecessary taxes like the Death Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax, which only add to the complexity of the system.

    On the business side, tax reform should ensure our small businesses and corporations can compete against foreign competitors, while also ending the confusing, arbitrary system of depreciation in favor of immediate, full expensing of business investments.

    Where possible, changes to the tax code should be permanent changes to law. When lawmakers have enacted short-term tax legislation in the past, it has inevitably come under threat in the future by legislators that want to increase the scope and size of government through higher taxes. In contrast, permanent legislation will give families and businesses much-needed certainty and will help contribute to a stronger economy.

    Today, pro-growth tax reform is needed more than ever. It is imperative that lawmakers prioritize an overhaul of the tax code in 2017 and make significant progress in the first hundred days of the Trump administration.

    Sincerely,

    Grover Norquist
    President, Americans for Tax Reform

    Chuck Muth
    President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

    Pete Sepp
    President, National Taxpayers Union

    James L. Martin
    Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

    Dan Weber
    President, Association of Mature American Citizens

    Lindsey Boyd
    Policy Director, Beacon Center of Tennessee

    Jim Waters
    President, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (Kentucky)

    Tom Schatz
    President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

    Chip Faulkner
    Citizens For Limited Taxation (Massachusetts)

    Katie McAuliffe
    Executive Director, Digital Liberty

    Palmer Schoening
    Chairman, Family Business Coalition

    Adam Brandon
    President and CEO, FreedomWorks

    Mario H. Lopez
    President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

    Carrie L. Lukas
    Managing Director, Independent Women’s Forum

    Heather R. Higgins
    President and CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

    Andrew Langer
    President, Institute for Liberty

    Dr. Robert McClure
    President and CEO, The James Madison Institute (Florida)

    Lisa B. Nelson
    President and CEO, Jeffersonian Project

    Brett Healy
    President, The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy (Wisconsin)

    Allen Gutierrez
    National Executive Director, The Latino Coalition

    Seton Motley
    President, Less Government

    Colin Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring

    Dee Hodges
    President, Maryland Taxpayers Association ​

    Brian McClung
    Chair, Minnesota Center-Right Coalition

    Jordan Harris
    Executive Director, Pegasus Institute (Kentucky)

    Charlie Gerow
    CEO, Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

    Paul J. Gessing
    President, Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

    Andrew Moylan
    Executive Director, R Street Institute

    Karen Kerrigan
    President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

    David Williams
    President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

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  • Citizen Outreach joins fight to protect confidentiality of non-profit donors

    (January 17, 2017) – Citizen Outreach and Citizen Outreach Foundation have joined several other non-profit organizations in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in opposition to efforts by the State of New York to force non-profits to register with the state’s attorney general before being allowed to fundraise in the state, as well as disclose the identities of our major donors.

    Citizen Outreach fought a similar disclosure battle in 2014 against the Nevada Secretary of State and ultimately won on appeal.

    You can read the full brief by clicking here