Tax reform is probably the biggest and best achievement of the Republican Congress so far. But read this from Tallahassee’s James Madison Institute:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the final Tax Day under America’s old tax system looms, a new survey and study reveal significant misunderstandings about the newly passed income tax reforms, including whether it will be simpler and will save middle-income Americans money.
The study by The James Madison Institute, a free-market think tank dedicated to the principles of economic freedom and limited government, also found that states with more complex tax codes have higher preparation and filing costs for individuals and higher administration costs for state governments.
Predictably, the survey found Americans evenly split between feeling stressed, annoyed, or relieved about their taxes. But many of those surveyed see no relief in sight, despite the benefits in store next year. Although the tax reforms will substantially simplify income tax filings and will return an estimated $1,000 in additional tax payments to the average middle-income American, many taxpayers – including conservatives – aren’t convinced.
One of the largest crowds in recent club history attended the NPRC gathering last night at Leo’s, a meeting which saw the first effort in our monthly drive to broaden our appeal to young professional people in North County through a sponsored networking session. For this first event, Realtor and TV personality Quyen Trujillo hosted an hour of pleasant meeting and greeting in the large back room of the restaurant. Following that, the general meeting took place, and the featured speaker was Tim Bryce, who made it very clear that the Democrats are scared about the success of Republicans and our president and will leave no stone un-hurled in their fight to regain control of American politics. Two new members joined, and the membership team, caught a bit by surprise by the turnout and the energy, ran out of applications.
We’ll do even better next time.
Bring your Kentucky Derby Day Reservations and Give Them to Ron Ogden
Tim Bryce, our long time club colleague and former webmaster, promises “fire and brimstone” Thursday night when the North Pinellas Republican Club meets at Leo’s Italian Grille on US19.
Bryce, a well-known radio commentator who recently has been a columnist for HuffPost, will speak on “This is War,” his ideas about how we Republicans have to gear up for a highly-competitive 2018 election cycle.
Meanwhile, popular Oldsmar realtor and TV personality Quyen Le Trujillo is hosting the first of the club’s new pre-meeting social engagement hours, beginning at 5:30 at the same location.
The club urges members to arrive for the 5:30 social hour and then take part in the regular meeting to hear Tim Bryce. The regular meeting starts at 6:30.
Lee Hooper (L) and Sue Berfield were among the North Pinellas Republican Club members who attended Saturday night’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Around the club table, clockwise from front were Helena Nunn, Larry and Kim Marlin, Ron Ogden, Pam McAloon, Oldsmar Vice Mayor Dan and Paula Saracki, club president Ron Walker and Bill and Linda Wade. Others were Kim Berfield and Rachelle and Ellsworth Warmouth.
–Photos by Pam Hinds
See the Book Club page for an update about the NPRC Book Club May meeting and a list of books available for participants.