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|AFP applauds Hoffmann for support|
The free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) recently applauded State Rep. Frank Hoffmann of West Monroe for signing the group's "No Climate Tax Pledge."
By doing so, Hoffmann joins more than 230 lawmakers 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 be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn't be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses," said AFP Policy Director Phil Kerpen. "We encourage all of Louisiana's elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge."
Louisiana now boasts nine signers, including: U.S. Sen. David Vitter, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise and John Fleming, State Send. A.G. Crowe and John Smith, and State Reps. Billy Chandler, Jerome Richard and Henry Burns.
Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment recently when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy bill. The bill escaped the lower chamber by seven votes, despite significant bipartisan opposition.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently scored the plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for years to come.
"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."
The pledge is available 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.