Americans for Prosperity launching Taxpayer Trust Tour

According to the Pierre Capitol Journal, on Wednesday, Americans for Prosperity will be launching a six city Taxpayer Trust Tour across South Dakota to garner recommendations for the 2007 legislature.
Stops include:

Sioux Falls (Noon, Wed at old courthouse museum)
Mitchell (5pm, Wed at Public Library)
Aberdeen (Noon, Thursday at Pizza Ranch)
Watertown (5pm, Thursday at 2nd Street Station)
Rapid City (Noon, Friday at Public Library)
Pierre (Noon, Monday location TBA)
I'll have a further report if I can make the Pierre event. Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
They arrived in SD a few weeks before the Nov election, and took positions on several ballot issues.
All without taxpayer input or even talking to sponsors of the measures.

If this tour is genuine concern for the taxpayer,GOOD, but I have my doubts. I still think they are financed by the tobacco companies and I bet their focus will be to reduce the tobacco tax, despite the fact the taxpayers have spoken.
Nicholas Nemec said…
This sounds like some astroturf group. IE fake grassroots.
Anonymous said…
There are so many lobbyists out there begging legislators for money here and money there for pet projects. I think it's good that AFP wants to give the taxpayers a voice.

When our state spending goes up so do our property taxes. If AFP advocates responsible spending we need more people doing the same.

Quit crying wolf and see what it is about.
Uncle Milt said…
AFP is a phony taxpayer organization. It's based in Washington D.C. and feeds on federal grant money-your tax dollars.

The last few years they have busied themselves with establishing state chapters that are associating themselves with the state Chambers of Commerce. This can only be seen as an effort to lobby state legislatures for big business interests under the guise of representing the individual taxpayer.

It’s odd they call their campaign the “Taxpayer Trust Tour.” Do they need to gain your trust? anon 11:52 says "There are so many lobbyists out there begging legislators for money here and money there for pet projects. I think it's good that AFP wants to give the taxpayers a voice." AFP ARE lobbyists and not for the individual taxpayer.

Why would we want Americas Foniest People to give us a voice. They need to trick you into supporting them to cloak themselves in legitimacy. No, we don't need a middleman. We send our voice to Pierre and Washington every November 7th.

anon 11:52 also says-"When our state spending goes up so do our property taxes."

This is a classic example of the ignorance on tax issues that we are burdoned with.

The state doesn't get a DIME of property taxes. State spending has NO effect on property taxes. They are for education, counties and cities.

South Dakotains would do well to tell these carpet baggers to go back to Washington and send our money back instead.
Anonymous said…
AFP is saying that state spending has been growing faster than people's paycheck over the past few years.

If AFP wants to pass taxpayer concerns onto legislators and the Governor why are you trying to discourage them Uncle Milt?

We should encourage more taxpayer participation in the legislative process. It is our money they are spending.

It's not rocket science. I think AFP is advocating for common sense

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