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CEI Daily - Small Business, REINS, and Energy Efficiency 

Small Business


Politicians claim to want to help small businesses; but are they actually helping?


Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young says regulations are killing small businesses.


"Given how much taxpayer money politicians lavish on small businesses, most of elected officials are confident that they are helping, not hurting. They should listen more closely to the consituency they claim to love so much. The Bush-Obama era has been one of ever-increasing spending and regulation. And those hurt small businesses. Paychex, Inc., a payroll service provider that works with many small businesses, recently commissioned a survey. They asked small business owners their thoughts on the economy, and what the biggest obstacles are to growing their businesses. The most common gripe? Regulation. 47 percent of small business owners say that regulations have 'slowed or prevented' their business from growing."






Today, the House will hold a second hearing on the REINS Act, which proposes to institute congressional review for federal agencies' major rules.


Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis talks about passing the REINS Act could curb the EPA's power.


"It’s time to un-stack the decks. Administrative agencies should not be able to make the big policy decisions that 'We, the People' elect Congress and the President to make. Under the REINS Act, EPA would have to pursue its Kyoto-inspired agenda the old fashioned, small 'r,' republican way: through public discourse and persuasion, not regulatory fiat."



Energy Efficiency


New models of top-loader washing machines are less effective than old models, thanks to several energy efficiency mandates.


General Counsel Sam Kazman is quoted in The New York Times.


“Efficiency mandates have become feel-good mantras that politicians invoke. The results of these mandates have ranged from costly fiascos, such as once-dependable top-loading washers that no longer wash, to higher fatalities in cars downsized by fuel-efficiency rules. If the technologies were so good, they wouldn’t need to be imposed on us by law.”



AFP - Prosperity Alert: March 2011 

Stand with Scott Walker


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is making a stand, and AFP is with him! Union dues should be voluntary, and the state should not be collecting them. Union certification should require a secret ballot. Collective bargaining should not be used to force extravagant pension and health benefits at the expense of the taxpayer.

So far, over 100,000 citizen activists joined with AFP and signed the petition declaring that they stand with Scott Walker. Click here to sign the petition now!

Click here to see AFP's "Stand with Walker" Television Ad.

Click here to see AFP President Tim Phillips on CNN discussing the importance of the Union debate in Wisconsin.

Click here to see Tim Phillips giving an update on the situation in Wisconsin on Fox Business.

Take Action


Check out, and help stop Obama's Democracy Denied Agenda!
The below chart shows how it has become standard procedure in the Obama administration not to take no for an answer. When Obama's radical agenda is rejected by Congress and the American people, he goes around the democratic process to do what he wants anyway.


Tell Congress to Stop the FCC Internet Takeover!
President Obama and his FCC Chairman are trying to impose massive new regulations on the internet. A bill has been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would disallow these new regulations. Click here to tell your legislators to support the FCC Disapproval Resolution!

Health Care Bill Update

March 23rd marks the one year anniversary of the passage of ObamaCare. A major victory came out of Florida last month when a federal judge issued a ruling that several provisions of the bill, including the individual mandate, were unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge also said that because federal officials usually adhere to the law as declared by the courts, no injunction against these provisions was necessary.

Now, the Obama Administration is questioning that ruling. AFP will keep you posted on this critical fight.


National RightOnline Conference - June 17-18 - Minneapolis, MN


National RightOnline Conference - June 17-18 - Minneapolis
Join AFP Foundation, thousands of grassroots activists, and the nation's top conservatives leaders for the national RightOnline conference in Minneapolis June 17-18 and learn how you can use the internet to promote limited government and fiscal responsibility.

RightOnline will include workshops and panels led by prominent free market leaders and keynote speeches from the nation’s most influential conservatives, including Michelle Malkin.

Click here to register now!

Click here for more information on RightOnline.

Activist of the Month - Mary Gilkison Wilson


A cattle rancher and business consultant from Centerville, Kansas, Mary began to take interest in her local government when she began covering City Council meetings for the local newspaper. Appalled at what the council was getting away with, and the lack of knowledge her community had of the council’s dealings, she formed the Linn County Citizens Council. The Citizen’s Council sought to inform people of the goings-on of their local government and how to create positive change by holding meetings with local officials and attending and video-taping city council meetings.

Mary would eventually bring her knowledge of local issues and skill for organizing to her local chapter of AFP-Kansas. She continues to organize meetings to discuss local and state issues, bringing in local politicians to help keep AFP activists up to date on what is going on with their government as well as to inform the politicians that their constituents are paying attention and care about the decisions being made with their tax dollars . Mary is a great example for all AFP activists who want to keep their local government accountable. She is helping to ensure that free market, limited government principles are advocated for on all levels of government.

Thank you, Mary, for all you do, and congratulations on being AFP's Activist of the Month!

AFP Upcoming Events and Local Highlights


A New Hampshire Presidential Summit - On Spending & Job Creation
AFPF will be hosting a presidential summit on April 29th at Executive Court in Manchester, NH. The summit will consist of a reception followed by dinner. Invited guests will include Hon. Mitt Romney, Hon. Tim Pawlenty, Hon. Rick Santorum, and Mr. Herman Cain. For more information, click here.

Click here to register now!

5th Annual Georgia Defending the American Dream Summit
AFPF-Georgia will be hosting its Defending the American Dream Summit on April 30th, 2011 at Chattahoochie Technical College Appalachian Campus. Don't miss the top gathering of grassroots conservative and Tea Party activists conveniently located less than two hours from AL, TN, SC and NC! Click here for more information, or for tickets!

Michigan Legislative Lobby Day & Taxpayer Tea Party Rally
AFP-Michigan will be sponsoring a legislative lobby day on April 14th at Central United Methodist Church in Lansing. Highlights will include lobbying training, a legislative and government updates session, and a rally at the Capitol. For more information, click here!

AFP has new state directors in Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:

AFP-Oklahoma State Director Stuart Jolly addresses the fact that 16 school superintendents make more annually than the Governor of Oklahoma.

AFP-New Jersey State Director Steve Lonegan discusses the dangers of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

AFP-Ohio State Director Rebecca Heimlich is noted as a key supporter of Senate Bill 5.

AFPF-Arkansas Hosted it's Defending the American Dream Summit on Thursday, February 24th!

Like what Americans for Prosperity is doing? Invest in our work by clicking here. We're supported by citizen-activists nationwide. Your contribution in any amount will go a long way in promoting free-market policies at all levels of government - local, state and federal. Thanks!



US Rep Bass Hails Passage of Legislation to Lift Onerous Paperwork Burden on Small Businesses

Measure would repeal tax provision under new health care law


WASHINGTON – Congressman Charles F. Bass (NH-02) praised passage of legislation in the House of Representatives today (H.R. 4) that would eliminate the paperwork burden placed on small businesses under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Starting next year, all businesses will be required to file a 1099 tax form for any vendor with which they have $600 or more in yearly transactions under PPACA.  H.R. 4 would repeal this arduous paperwork mandate.

Bass, an original cosponsor of H.R. 4, said:

“This burdensome tax paperwork mandate will stifle economic growth and job creation among our state’s top job creators: small businesses.  This provision will create additional costs for small business owners in New Hampshire and across the nation, who will be forced to spend countless hours and a lot of money complying with the onerous mandate.

“We shouldn’t be making it more difficult for businesses to create jobs.  While I’m pleased that the House repealed this tax paperwork mandate today, we still have more to do to lift the other crushing mandates and tax increases placed on individuals and business owners under this health care law.  Our economic recovery depends on it.”

The Senate passed a similar version of the paperwork repeal last month.  The House and Senate will have to iron out the differences between the two bills in a conference committee before President Obama can sign the legislation into law.


US Rep. Frank Guinta statement on the House repeal of 1099 provision in the healthcare reform law 

“Today I fulfilled my pledge by voting to wipe this misguided, harmful legislation off the books.”

(Washington – March 3, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) released the following statement on today’s House vote repealing the controversial 1099 provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act:

“The new House is committed to giving small business owners the relief they need.  They are the heartbeat of New Hampshire’s economy.  Government must stop being a hindrance to their growth.   I campaigned on repealing the onerous 1099 provision of last year’s healthcare reform law when I got to Congress.  Today I fulfilled my pledge by voting to wipe this misguided, harmful legislation off the books.  Now I urge the Senate to join us in sweeping it into the dustbin of bad ideas, where it belongs.  I am committed to doing everything I can to provide the fiscal stability and legislative predictability that small businesses need to operate, innovate, and expand so they can create desperately-needed new jobs.  This vote is proof of my commitment.” 


CEI Daily - Virginia Test Scores, the EPA, and Government Employees 


Virginia Test Scores


Wisconsin protesters are arguing that Virginia's "poor" public school test scores prove that banning collective  bargaining for government employees is a bad idea.


Senior Counsel Hans Bader says that Wisconsin protesters are misleading the media about Virginia test scores.


"In 2009, Virginia ranked in the middle of states on the ACT and SAT, and in 2010, it actually outranked Wisconsin on the ACT (12th vs. 17th in “average composite score“). The reason it doesn’t rank higher on the SAT is because so many of its students take the test – including marginal students who wouldn’t even take them in another state. (Wisconsin boasts a higher average SAT score than Virginia partly because only “four percent” of Wisconsin students took the SAT, compared to “67 percent” in Virginia. Virginia’s lower average SAT score is a function of a larger pool, not dumb students or bad schools, as PolitiFact pointed out in debunking the false claim that Virginia ranks 44th.)"





Several new bills have been introduced that could curb the power of the EPA.


Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis explains why the EPA needs to be legislatively reined in.


"EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge may be the most extreme case ever of regulation without representation. Stopping EPA will not be easy, because to succeed, opponents must assemble legislative majorities and, perhaps, veto-proof majorities."



Government Employees


This week, The New York Times' Room for Debate asked, should government employees be allowed to keep their pensions?


Recently, on Varney & Co., CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio explained why public employees' union benefits are bankrupting state governments.


Watch the interview here.