Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity is a group dedicated to keeping government spending reasonable.  “According to Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt local governments increased their property tax levies in excess of 71.5% between 1996 and 2003. During that period, the state’s population and inflation grew only 16%.” **

We know exactly how that is.  Paid taxes (not tax rate, two different things remember) have almost doubled in three years.  Thats a 25% increase PER YEAR for Jefferson County tax payers.

The AFP  has a Candidate Pledge that can voluntarily be signed.  It states in part:

  1. Annual state spending increases should be limited to the rate of state population growth.
  2. Excess revenues should be put into emergency funds and returned to the tax payers.  (Here’s the hint County Court; you shouldn’t budget a 25 million dollar emergency fund.)
  3. Tax and spending increases should be approved by popular vote.

As a Libertarian, I wholeheartedly support each one of those goals, as well as additional goals regarding government spending.  I have signed and mailed in my copy of the Candidate Pledge.

Here’s a another great chance for you Jefferson County.  If you like giving your money away, then don’t worry about it.  If you are concerened about unrestrained government spending, then encourage your incumbents and candidates to sign.

In a time where businesses are cutting way back, the only industry that is actively increasing spending is the government.  It’s up to you to stop them.  Vote for people on this list (at the bottom of the page).   They have signed this pledge.  If they don’t do what it says, then call them a liar to their face and never vote for them again.

BTW: As of this writing (2-24-08) the only local office holder or candidate to sign this is Mike Hamilton.  Good for you.  I’ll be watching.

** From the AFP website, ;2-24-08

February 25, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign, Jefferson County, Libertarian, Politics, Texas

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