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IWF Leads Coalition Letter Against a New Payroll Tax and New Paid Leave Entitlement Program


Independent Women’s Forum today led a coalition of 33 freedom movement organizations and activists united against a new payroll tax and new paid leave entitlement program.


“Everyone wants new parents to be able to have the time off they need to care for a new baby,” explained IWF President Carrie Lukas, “But the wrong way to approach this issue is to have government take over and decide what kind of benefits are right for every single working woman and man.  And that’s exactly what a new paid leave entitlement program would do. Once government begins collecting a new payroll tax and promising a new stream of benefit payments for every qualified worker, then all existing compensation packages are affected. It won’t matter if you’ve liked what your employer is providing or not.  You’d be a part of a one-size-fits-all government system, which would create far more problems than it would solve.”

In Opposition to A New Payroll Tax and Paid Leave Entitlement Program


April 1, 2019


Dear Senators and Members of Congress,


Everyone wants workers to be able to take time off from work when they need it.

Thanks to an improving economy, employers are increasingly offering paid leave benefits to employees, including hourly workers. This is great news, and a trend that we want to continue. However, imposing a payroll tax on workers and creating a one-size-fits-all government entitlement program would be the wrong way to expand access to paid leave benefits.

  • A new payroll tax would leave all workers with less money in every paycheck. This would particularly burden lower-income workers, making it harder for them to make ends meet and save for retirement and other critical needs.

  • Higher payroll taxes reduce employment opportunities.

  • A one-size-fits-all federal benefit will discourage companies from offering their own paid leave benefits. Some employees would end up with less flexibility and worse paid leave benefits as a result.

  • Paid leave entitlement programs tend to benefit those with higher incomes and burden those with lower incomes. Research has found this to be the case with paid leave programs enacted in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, and Belgium. This isn’t fair.

We the undersigned, representing millions of American workers, oppose a new payroll tax and federal paid leave entitlement program because we want to preserve opportunity, flexibility, and fairness.


Sincerely,


Carrie Lukas President Independent Women’s Forum


Grover Norquist President Americans for Tax Reform


Heather Higgins Chief Executive Officer Independent Women’s Voice


Ramesh Ponnuru Visiting Fellow American Enterprise Institute


Tammy Bruce President Independent Women’s Voice


Tim Chapman Executive Director Heritage Action for America


Lisa B. Nelson Chief Executive Officer American Legislative Exchange Council


Frayda Levin Former Small Business Owner


Jason Pye Vice President of Legislative Affairs FreedomWorks


Christina Sandefur Executive Vice President Goldwater Institute


Jenny Beth Martin Honorary Chairman Tea Party Patriots Action


Bob Carlstrom President The Carlstrom Group, LLC


Katie McAuliffe Executive Director Digital Liberty


Elizabeth Nolan Brown President Feminists for Liberty


Cliff Maloney President Young Americans for Liberty


Penny Nance CEO and President Concerned Women for America


Rebekah Bydlak Executive Director Coalition to Reduce Spending


Matthew Kandrach President Consumer Action for a Strong Economy


Pete Sapp President National Taxpayers Union


Ryan Ellis President Center for a Free Economy


James L. Martin Founder/Chairman 60 Plus Association


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis President 60 Plus Association


Rick Manning President Americans for Limited Government


Andrew Langer President Institute for Liberty


Karen Kerrigan President & CEO Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council


Andrew F. Quinlan President Center for Freedom and Prosperity


David Williams President Taxpayers Protection Alliance


Phil Kerpen President American Commitment


Kat Murti Executive Director Feminists for Liberty


Tom Giovanetti President Institute for Policy Innovation


Maureen Blum President Strategic Coalitions & Initiatives


Jeffrey Mazzella President Center for Individual Freedom


Janet Morana Executive Director Priests for Life

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