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RonPaul2012.com | In Case You Missed It: Chicago-area National Taxpayer Group Endorses Ron Paul

RonPaul2012.com | In Case You Missed It: Chicago-area National Taxpayer Group Endorses Ron Paul

Tax Accountability’s endorsement of Ron Paul for U.S. President was featured on RonPaul2012.com. LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed yesterday by Tax Accountability of TAC, a Chicago-based national taxpayer watchdog organization.  Tax Accountability is the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).  Founded in 1976, TUA is one of

Tax Accountability Endorses Ron Paul For President

Tax Accountability Endorses Ron Paul For President

Click here to view as a PDF CHICAGO—Tax Accountability (TAC) president Jim Tobin announced today that the organization is formally endorsing U.S. House Representative Ron Paul (R-TX, Dist. 14) for President of the United States. “There simply is no comparison between Ron Paul and the other Republican candidates,” said Tobin. “Dr. Paul consistently has had

KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | Taxpayer group releases local officials' salaries and estimated pensions

KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | Taxpayer group releases local officials' salaries and estimated pensions

Findings from TUA’s pension project on Wichita, Kansas, are featured in this story from KWCH 12 Eyewitness News. (WICHITA, Kan.)—Wichita City Manager Robert Layton, Police Chief Norman Williams, and Fire Chief Ron Blackwell are a just a few of the city employees Taxpayers United of America use as examples. The group, based in Chicago, was

Government Hides Wichita Pensions?

WICHITA—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed government wages and pension estimates for Wichita and Sedgwick County.  Kansas government employees are not only receiving generous salaries, but when retired, many will become pension millionaires. Kansas officials refused to release pension figures, so the pension payouts are close estimates* for this report.

“What are Kansas lawmakers hiding?  Are they more concerned with protecting abusers, than reforming a system that holds taxpayers hostage?” asked Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.  “The public, who voted them into office, have a right to know how their tax dollars are spent!”

“I have hand delivered letters to Gov. Brownback and each member of the Kansas Legislature, asking for transparency regarding individual pension amounts, as well as meaningful pension reforms that will be both fair and sustainable.”

“Private sector taxpayers are struggling in the ‘Great Recession,’ with an average income of $42,000.  The unemployment/underemployment rate (U6) is 15.1%.  The maximum Social Security annual payout is $22,000, regardless of how much one may have earned in their working career.”

Click the links below to view the estimated pensions and the letter to the governor and legislature.

KSALLink.com | Top 25 Local Government Salaries; Projected Lifetime Pensions Revealed

KSALLink.com | Top 25 Local Government Salaries; Projected Lifetime Pensions Revealed

Findings from TUA’s pension project on Saline, Kansas, are featured in this story from KSALLink.com. An organization that believes government pensions are out of control, and unsustainable, revealed the top 25 salaries and projected pensions from Saline County, the City of Salina, and Salina teachers Wednesday. Taxpayers United of America is currently traveling the country,

Wichita Business Journal | Taxpayer group balks at pension payouts; officials say estimates are overblown

Wichita Business Journal | Taxpayer group balks at pension payouts; officials say estimates are overblown

Findings from TUA’s pension project on Saline, Kansas, are featured in this article from Wichita Business Journal. Advocacy group Taxpayers United of America has been touring Kansas this week criticizing what it says are excessive city, county and school district pension programs funded by property tax increases. The Salina Journal reports that according to the

Cigarette Tax Hikes Usually Backfire

Cigarette Tax Hikes Usually Backfire

Raising cigarette taxes in most instances have backfired on states hoping to get a windfall on the higher taxes. Unintended consequences are the rule, not the exception. States raising cigarette taxes usually find that consumers alter their purchasing patterns. They start getting their cigarettes from sources with lower or no taxes. These sources may be

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