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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON
State of the Union – On January 20th, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. Progressives hailed the speech as a “Robin Hood” approach to the economy because it focused on “taking from the rich to help the poor.” AFB’s leadership grassroots activists oppose this democratic redistributionist vision for America and will be part of a national effort to oppose the President at every turn.
The agenda that President Obama outlined in his address is the exact opposite of what America needs. It is also the exact opposite of the agenda we at American Freedom Builders are pushing. As students of history, we understand that wealth redistribution and punitive taxes stifle economic growth, limit prosperity for all, and erode personal freedom. We will continue to educate the public and grassroots activists about the need for pro-growth policies – NOT the failed policies of the past that President Obama would like to recycle.
Balanced Budget Amendment Advancing In The States – In late January, Ohio Governor John Kasich did a six-state tour to promote a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As part of the tour, he visited North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. In order for a constitutional convention to occur, 34 of the 50 states must pass a resolution in support of a balanced budget. So far, 24 states have done so, and Gov. Kasich hopes to secure the remaining 10 states to hold a constitutional convention.
Obama – Netanyahu Relationship at All Time Low – The relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to decline. The latest strain on the relationship came when the Obama Administration announced that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu when Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Washington, D.C. in March. It is also been reported that a group of former political advisors to President Obama’s campaign have moved to Tel Aviv to campaign against the Prime Minister in the upcoming elections in Israel.
Keystone XL Pipeline Update – On January 29th, the Senate approved the Keystone XL Pipeline. The legislation passed the Senate with a 62-36 vote. Earlier in January, the House approved similar legislation approving the pipeline. The legislation will soon head to President Obama’s desk, and he has promised to veto the bill, despite public support for the pipeline.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY
Here’s a quick round up of some of the major activities taking across the country in state capitals.
Kansas – Republican Governor Sam Brownback, who was re-elected in November, is reversing his earlier course and is now proposing new taxes for Kansans. Gov. Brownback says the new taxes are necessary to close the budget gap.
South Carolina – Gov. Nikki Haley has proposed lowering the state’s income tax from 7 percent to 5 percent in order to make the state more competitive. Former Senator Jim DeMint, who is now head of the Heritage Foundation, has expressed support for Gov. Haley’s proposed plan.
Michigan – The Michigan legislature is considering a bill (Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 4001) to repeal the state’s “prevailing wage” law. The law forces the state government to award contracts to those companies that pay a “prevailing wage,” based on union-submitted pay scales that are often much higher than the market rate.
New York – Just months after former South Carolina Speaker Bobby Harrell was convicted on ethics charges related to a 9-count indictment issued by state prosecutors, the Speaker of the New York Assembly, Sheldon Silver, has resigned from office after federal prosecutors arrested him on federal corruption charges related to nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.
Illinois – Illinois’ newly-elected Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has only been in office for a few weeks, but he’s putting on a serious effort to reverse the previous Administration’s liberal policies and last-minute executive orders. Gov. Rauner reversed outgoing Gov. Quinn’s executive order that would have increased minimum wage for state contractors to $10.00/hour, which critics argue would have exacerbated Illinois’ budget problems.
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