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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.


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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