12,000 Petitions Delivered to End Child Care Fraud Program

We just delivered 12,000 of your petitionsto the Governor and legislators that say "End the Fraudulent Child Care Program". Right now, Governor Walz, Senator Gazelka and Speaker Hortman are meeting behind closed doors deciding the spending priorities for the next two years. They are on the cusp of funding this massively fraudulent program with your tax dollars.

$100 Million of the $250 Million annual program is going towards fraudulent child care claims. There is no accountability at the Department of Human Services, therefore there is no way to protect our dollars other than to end the program.

 

Action 4 Liberty believes that programs like the Child Care Assistance Program that has rampant fraud need to be defunded. On top of that, paying for people's child care is not a proper role of the state government. Tell your legislator to end the fraudulent child care program now.


DFL vs GOP Comparison on Child Care Fraud Funding

Tuesday, May 14th - Legislators from both the House and Senate are going through the massive HHS Omnibus bill in conference committee this week as the 2019 Legislative Session winds down. Monday is the mandatory date for adjournment at the Capitol.

Action 4 Liberty is staying on top of the proceedings at the Capitol, but we want to equip you to follow what's going on as well.

HHS Omnibus Bill Link: HF 2414

Conference Committee Schedule & Video: Click here

At this stage, the Democrats plan to fully fund the fraudulent child care program in the upcoming biennium to the tune of $232 Millionof your tax money. The Republican Senate wants to fund it by $105 Million. Although they don't fund it in FY 2021, we believe they are going to give into the Democrats in the conference committee.

We say the program should be defunded and shut down now. Funding people's child care is not a proper role of the government and the only way to truly end the fraud, is by removing the program. 


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See Our Aerial Banner to End Child Care Fraud?

$100 Million of YOUR money is being stolen through the fraudulent child care program and flown to Somalia in bags of cash. How do you feel about that?

Well, Action 4 Liberty is not fine with it - which is why we are flying a banner right now over the Minnesota Capitol, the chair of the HHS Committee’s district and the chair of the Human Services Reform Committee’s district.

Our message is simple. HEY GOP: END CHILD CARE FRAUD!

You see, it’s up to Republicans in the Senate to do something about this issue. Democrats in the House have shown their true colors. They have no plans to go after the fraud out of fear of being labeled “islamophobic” or “racist” because the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has defined the issue this way.

But $100 Million of stolen taxpayer money should be a concern to everyone, regardless of race, religion or political party.

Republicans are the last best hope to end this fraudulent program. They have a 3-person majority in the Minnesota Senate.

But we have just learned that Senate Republicans are about to cave to the Democrats and fully fund the fraudulent Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in the next two-year budget.

We say END THE PROGRAM NOW!

It’s the not the role of the state government to fund people’s child care in the first place. In fact, it’s not even an enumerated power given to our elected officials in the state Constitution.

On top of that, the only way to ensure our tax money is not stolen in the future is to cut the head off the snake. If Democrats get their way, more fraudulent claims will be processed - and more of your dollars will be sent overseas!

That’s why we are flying our banner in Minnesota. We are bringing awareness to thousands of Minnesotans about this important issue.

Can you help us fly the banner again? Chip in $10, $25, $50, $100 or moreto help get our plane back up in the air in this last week of the 2019 Legislative Session.

The only way to get these Republican Senators to act is if they see our message. In these last few days of session, online messages would be lost - but who can ignore a plane towing a banner talking directly to THEM?

We are going to promote our message by dominating the sky over the Capitol. And you can help us with that.

Please consider helping with a gifttoday and let’s get our plane back up in the air.


State Revenue $573 Million Higher than Expected

 

The Management and Budget office release a reporttoday showing that the Minnesota state government took in $573 Million more in revenue this year than was originally forecasted. This means, the high taxes in this state continue flowing into our state coffers while politicians at the Capitol look for ways to spend the money.

Message to Democrats: There is no need to raise our taxes on gasoline or extend the provider tax when our state has this much money. 

Message to the Republican Senate: Stop creating new fees and start reducing the high taxes in this state so Democrats can't spend more of our money!

 


What You Can't Buy Mom on Mother's Day if Walz Gas Tax Passes

Sunday is Mother's Day. Like all good husbands and sons, this is a day to treat the most important women in our life like a queen (perhaps that should be every day, am I right?). The vast majority of the working families that Democrats like to talk about on the campaign trail struggle every Mother's Day to buy the women in their lives a nice gift.

Sure, spending money isn't the most important thing in the world. There are plenty of things we can do for our mothers and wives that don't cost a thing. But spending money on them is far more important than paying more in taxes to a bloated, wasteful government.

If Governor Walz had his way, the average working family would pay another $200-300 a year in taxes on gasoline. This awful tax is disguised as a necessity to pay for our roads, but our state government is running a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. They have plenty of revenue to fix the roads!

So what does $300 cost a working family? Well, I'm sure most of them would like to spend that money on mom to buy her a:

Taking the money from our Mother's Day budget to fund a big, bloated government is not Minnesota Nice. Tell your Republican Senator to stand against the Walz gas tax!

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Walz Gas Tax Will Cost You a Dozen Nightcrawlers on the Opener

Governor Walz will spend Saturday morning on the water for the traditional Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. This year the event will be held in Albert Lea, a mere 101 miles from St Paul (many of us travel further).

If Walz and Democrats had their way, that round trip would cost you an additional $2-$3 depending on how bad towing your boat affects your gas mileage. In other words, Walz' gas tax increase will cost you a dozen nightcrawlers for the Opener.

In case you're worried, I'm sure Walz' trip won't hurt him financially. Costs are most likely covered by you, the taxpayer.

Annually, the gas tax increase would cost an average family nearly $300. We assume Walz' fishing expeditions are the typical politician PR gigs, so from an angler's perspective, let's break down what that $300 could buy us so he can learn a little something about fishing in Minnesota.

Here are a few items that $300 could buy:

  • 43 new Rapalas
  • A nice pair of new waders
  • Fixing the 'ol outboard
  • Helix 5 Fish Finder with GPS
  • A really sweet new St Croix rod, or
  • 7 highly dependable Ugly Sticks

It doesn't matter what kind of fishing budget you have, if Governor Walz and Democrats have their way, you will have less money to spend on the lake this summer. That's not Minnesota Nice of them!

Action 4 Liberty believes in lowering government spending and reducing taxes. Our state is running a massive $4 Billion budget surplus. Walz has plenty of money for roads and infrastructure, he just needs to prioritize spending on the right areas of government. 

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Senate Republicans Spend Most of Surplus

Minnesota legislators started the 2019 Legislative Session with a massive $4 Billion surplus. If they didn't spend a dime of new money on our bloated state government that wastes money on MNLARs fixes, Brazilian wood rest stops on I-35 and a fraudulent child care program, we taxpayers could have had a huge tax cut. Taxes on social security income could have been eliminated. The death tax could have been distinguished. And large tax reductions across the board could have been passed.

Instead, the Senate Republicans have spent about 85% of that surplus on more government according to the most recent budget negotiations with Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka was willing to spend an additional $200 Million of our surplus money to compromise with tax happy Governor Walz. His proposal out of the gate already spent the majority of the surplus, leaving only $800 Million for the Senate tax bill.

A budget surplus means that taxpayers have been overtaxed. The conservative belief is that money should be returned to taxpayers. But Gazelka and Republicans Senators seem determined to spend the money on more government.

Governor Walz and House Democrats take things to a whole new level. They blew through the budget surplus with new spending measures and want to increase taxes on top of that. At least, as of the writing of this article, it appears the Republican Senate isn't willing to compromise on the gas tax.

Action 4 Liberty remains focused on holding Republican Senators accountable. They keep telling us during election years that they believe in small government, but they don't actually do that once elected at the Capitol. We think you deserve better representation. Your taxes should be going down; not going towards more bloated government.

 


Only One Loser in Capitol Negotiations: YOU

We're less than two weeks away from the Legislature's mandatory adjournment and the negotiations between the Republican Senate and the Democrats is starting to heat up. On one hand, the Democrats have proposed ballooning the budget to nearly $49.5 Billion and increasing the gas tax and reinstating the 2% provider tax. On the other hand, Republicans have spent the majority of the budget surplus with their $48 Billion budget proposal, but have so far put their heals in the dirt on tax increases.

(Note: The Republican Senate did vote for a tax on insulin manufacturers and opiates)

Here are two offers on the table last night...At this point, the loser in the negotiations is YOU, the taxpayer. The budget surplus will not be returned to your pocket like it should because Republicans are already growing spending even more. Word on the street, is that the GOP likely will compromise on reinstating the provider tax so they can get their insurance company bailout bill passed (aka Reinsurance).

Action 4 Liberty believes Republican Senators should not follow the lead of Senator Gazelka and vote against all spending increases and taxes. It doesn't matter what deals are made with Governor Walz behind closed doors, each Senator can vote his or her conscience. 


Will Our Gas Taxes Increase this Year?

Governor Walz and Democrats are pushing full steam ahead on their proposal to increase the state gasoline tax by 70 percent (or a 20 cents per gallon hike). Minnesota is listed as the Least Tax Friendly State according to Kiplinger. However, our gasoline tax is amongst the middle of the pack in comparison to the rest of the states in the country. The proposed hike would put us fourth worst, right behind Pennsylvania, California and Washington.

An average family would pay between $200-300 more per year under the Democrat proposal. Walz alleges the funds are needed to fix our roads & bridges, but billions of taxpayer money is being squandered on unwise fiscal projects in a bloated $48 Billion state budget. On top of that, Walz and legislators began the session facing a massive $4 Billion surplus, which all players at the Capitol have allocated towards other spending projects.

Republicans are in charge of the Senate, so we aren't we safe?

So far the Republican Senate has talked tough on the gasoline tax, stating that no tax increase will pass. However, the Senate's newest member, Jason Rarick (R - Pine City), stated multiple times on the campaign trail that he would be willing to compromise on a gas tax hike. Also, Senator Jim Abeler (R - Anoka) was one of a handful of Republicans who voted in favor of the previous gasoline tax increase during the Pawlenty years.

If Democrats are unified on the issue in the Senate, only two Republican defectors are needed for the gas tax to pass. Local 49 just launched a tv commercial campaign targeted at getting both Republican and Democrat districts on board. WATCH HERE.

Action 4 Liberty and our allies strongly oppose the gas tax increase. Republicans need to be unified against raising a dime of taxes. We will target any Republican who votes for this hurtful tax.