"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path.” - Winston Churchill
A Major Win In Florida!
Noted business author Tom Peters says, “Celebrate what you
want to see more of.” This week we celebrate a major FairTax® achievement in
Florida, and this is definitely something for which we want to see a lot more.
After months and months of diligent education by a dedicated
team of grassroots volunteer leaders from the Florida FairTax Educational
Association (FFTEA), on May 9, 2014, the Florida legislature passed Senate
Memorial 118 “urging the U.S. Congress to repeal all taxes on income and enact
a national retail sales tax as specified in HR 25, the FairTax Act of 2013.”
Volunteer state director and FFTEA managing director Mark
Gupton spent months educating 36 Representatives, 18 Senators and their staff
on the merits of a consumption tax. AFFT grassroots steering committee chairman
and FFTEA director Steve Hayes, and AFFT director of research and FFTEA
director Dr. Karen Walby made five committee presentations, which resulted in the
committees passing the legislation prior to debate on the floor of each
This outstanding FFTEA leadership team, supported by an
equally outstanding group of FFTEA grassroots volunteers, was rewarded when
this historic piece of legislation received unanimous approval and minimal
opposition during the floor vote in both chambers of the Florida legislature. After
the Memorial was passed Ken Detzner, Florida Secretary of State, further
codified the legislation by forwarding it to President Obama. The Secretary also encouraged the President
and Congress to enact HR 25.!
You may view the Secretary’s letter to the President and a
copy of the Memorial here.
Florida State Senator Alan Hayes led the effort in the Florida
Senate and Representative Charles E. Van Zant led the effort in the Florida House.
As Mark Gupton noted in his announcement, “without their leadership and
guidance, we would not have achieved success.” Please join us in sending a note
of appreciation for their outstanding effort. You may send your notes to:
Senator Alan Hays
871 S. Central Avenue
Representative Charles E. Van Zant
3841 Reid Street, Ste 5
Steve Hayes and I just returned from Washington, D.C., where
we had back-to-back meetings to brief HR 25 co-sponsors Congressman Tom Price
(GA-6), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) and Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-7)
on the governance transfer of the FairTax campaign to grassroots leaders, and the
direction of tax reform in the 113th Congress.
We also discussed the state of current tax reform
initiatives with the executive editor of a prominent Washington newspaper and
the senior fellow for economic policy at a major Washington research
The bottom line feedback from everyone is the governance
transfer is a very strong move for both AFFT and the FairTax campaign, and the
anticipation is it will have a major impact on the energy, focus and future
success of the campaign. Additionally, Rep. Woodall remains optimistic that
the anticipated vote on HR 25 by the House Ways and Means Committee is still
possible in the 113th Congress.
Houston Delegate Meeting
This week we are also celebrating the conclusion of
Americans For Fair Taxation’s (AFFT) delegate elections. This historic event, establishes the first
ever, grassroots led board of directors for AFFT and the FairTax campaign. Congratulations to the men and women who were
nominated and elected, and to those who participated in the nomination and
election process. You may view a list of
the 2014 delegates here.
Newly elected AFFT delegates are preparing for their
national delegates meeting in Houston, TX from June 13-15, 2014. This meeting will
complete the transfer of AFFT governance from the current board of directors to
volunteer grassroots leaders.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine will keynote the welcome dinner on
Friday evening at which time the current board of directors will be honored for
their longstanding leadership and support of the FairTax campaign. Delegates will also hear by phone from Rep.
Rob Woodall and Rep. Tom Price during their deliberations on Saturday and
Sunday, June 14 and 15. Rep. Kevin Brady will be joining by phone or in person
if his schedule permits.
Yes, it’s been a good week for the FairTax campaign
and more good things are on the horizon. Thank you all for your continued support and dedication. Your letters to
Congress, activism and financial gifts are making a difference! And, your
personal notes to me are deeply appreciated.
Until next week,