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Americans for Prosperity Applauds New York State Assembly Candidate Danny Panzella

October 4, 2010

clip_image001NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 4, 2010

Contact: James Valvo (703) 224-3200

Americans for Prosperity Applauds New York State Assembly Candidate Danny Panzella

-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-

Washington, DC—The free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded New York State Assembly candidate Danny Panzella (63rd District) for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.”  Panzella joins more than 725 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates 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 agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen.  “We encourage all of New York’s elected officials and candidates for office to sign the pledge.”

New York signers include nearly a dozen U.S. House candidates; State Senator Owen Johnson; and State Senate candidates Donna Marie Caltabiano, Pat Gallivan, Greg Ball and David DiPietro. 

Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition.  The U.S. Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with several key Democratic senators openly expressing opposition to attempting to pass the energy tax bill. 

President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.  Recent analysis by the Institute for Energy Research found the Kerry-Lieberman Senate bill would cost the nation more than 500,000 jobs by 2015 and decrease household income by over $1,000 by 2020. 

“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Kerpen. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”

“ I will be introducing a State Sovereignty resolution to the legislature to reaffirm New York States sovereignty and block the unconstitutional federal power grabs like Cap and Trade, and Obama care.” Said Mr. Panzella. More information about his resolution is available at www.DontTreadOnStatenIsland.com .

The pledge is available online at 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.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.5 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states.  AFP has 31 state chapters and affiliates. More than 70,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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James Valvo

Director of Government Affairs

Americans for Prosperity

2111 Wilson Blvd.

Suite 350

Arlington, VA 22201

Cell: (248) 875-3387

Direct: (703) 224-3224

Fax: (703) 224-3201

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