Monday, February 9, 2009

Tobacco Tax Increase Opponents Take to the Airwaves

I just received the following press release from FreedomWorks, the organization assisting in the opposition to the tobacco tax increase. It looks like we will soon be seeing them on television…


FreedomWorks Launches Television Ad to Oppose Tax Hikes in HB1204
Cable buy will support grassroots opposition to the tax hikes in a recession

February 8, 2009

Little Rock, AR – Following on FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey’s visit to Little Rock last week, FreedomWorks launched a targeted television blitz in advance of the Senate vote for HB 1204. The ads will run in targeted markets form February 9 to 13.

FreedomWorks will call on taxpayers to contact their State Senators to voice opposition to the bill.

Titled “Enough is Enough,” the ad states:

“Big Government wants to raise taxes, even though the state has a 300 million surplus and Congress just passed $35 billion in new tobacco taxes!

Enough is enough …….send a message to big government by calling Senator ______ today and tell them no to new taxes and no to HB 1204.”

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented,

“FreedomWorks activists in Arkansas want legislators to live on a budget. Raising taxes in a recession is a bad idea. Raising taxes in a recession when the state has a $300 million surplus is just ridiculous. I know it is always easy to pick on smokers, but cigarette taxes fail to deliver the promised revue as people quit, cross state lines, or buy cigarettes over the internet. When the expected revenues do not flow
into state coffers, officials will turn to additional taxes to make up the difference.”

“Instead of new taxes, states like Arkansas should focus on cutting spending and eliminating waste, making government more efficient, and removing burdensome regulations that stand in the way of long-term growth. The last thing they should do is raise taxes on the poor and middle class.”

FreedomWorks is a grassroots organization with over 500,000 members nationwide dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

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