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December 2017

 


Beckerisms

Last Minute Fundraising Appeal
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a fantastic 2018! Hey, it's the end of the year and your last opportunity for 2017 to take advantage of Ohio's Political Contribution Tax Credit. This is not a deduction. It is a full dollar-for-dollar tax credit. While a tax deduction (like for charitable donations) reduces taxable income, a tax credit is far superior because it reduces the tax liability, hence increasing your refund by the same dollar amount. The credit is worth $50 per taxpayer and $100 on joint tax returns. That's why a married couple can send me $100 and have it cost them nothing! That's another way of saying FREE. Please click the donate button above by December 31st. Or my preference is that you mail your check to:
Friends of Becker
925 Locust Ln.
Cincinnati, OH 45245-1313
The check simply has to be dated in 2017 for it to qualify for the tax credit. If it's post marked in January, that's not a problem. But please don't hesitate and do it today.

Right-to-Work
I keep getting asked why we can't get Right-to-Work accomplished in Ohio. The "powers that be" tell me that it needs to be voted on by the people. Well, the only way the General Assembly can put an issue before the voters is via an Ohio constitutional amendment. Therefore, I've initiated the following:

·         HJR 8: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business."

·         HJR 7: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment.

·         HJR 9: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based.

·         HJR 12: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent.

·         HJR 10: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required.

·         HJR 11: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership.

As you might imagine, the unions bosses' heads have been spinning wildly since these went public. They believe that the best way to maintain union membership is through force rather than persuasion. Competing in the free market of ideas and the freedom of association is what they fear the most. It's so much easier to collect union dues when they use the words, "or else you're fired!"
The April 2013 issue of The Becker Report describes my personal experiences as a union member and working with union members. Oh, the memories…

The Letter the Cincinnati Enquirer Refused to Print

What is Senator Rubio thinking? His insistence on increasing the child tax credit is for the refundable portion. That means people can get “refunds” for taxes they never paid. In other words, it is simply using the tax code to issue welfare checks to people who don’t pay income taxes.
If the good Senator wants people to get welfare and stay within the bounds of Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution, he should travel to all 50 state capitals where those decisions can be lawfully made.
It is clear to any reasonable reader of the US Constitution that the federal government is not authorized to issue welfare payments of any kind. The General Welfare clause in the US Constitution is described in and limited to Article I, Section 8. Welfare payments are nowhere to be found in the enumerated powers and therefore unconstitutional.

President Trump's Tax Law
This is a very important victory for the American people on multiple levels. It is a major leap in the right direction.
The provisions I'm most excited about include:

·         Across the board reduction in individual and corporate tax rates.

·         Nearly doubling of the standard deduction.

·         Elimination of the unconscionable Obama Care individual mandate.

·         Expansion of the non-refundable portion of the child tax credit. (The refundable portion is also expanded but I do not support that.)

·         Reduction of the estate tax.

·         Oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Just for the record, President Trump continues to enjoy my full, complete, and unwavering support. Kudos to President Trump and the members of Congress who approved this new tax law.

Ohio House of Representatives - My current active House bills:

HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work

HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

HB 333 - Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.

HB 421 - Replica Title Bill

Video Central
Janet Porter on CNN (17 minutes)
Gowdy presses Deputy AG on possible bias against Trump (7 minutes)
Stossel: $2 Million Bathroom (4 minutes)
Gun Rights Are Women's Rights (5 minutes)
Why Teachers Unions Don't Want School Choice (5 minutes)
Teachers Unions vs. Students (5 minutes)
Professor Williams - Corporations pay no Taxes (1 minute)

Event Calendar
January 4, 2018
"First Friday" happy hour at the
beautifully renovated Ensemble Theatre from 5 PM to 7 PM. Register here.

January 19, 2018
March for Life - Washington DC

January 27, 2018
Constitution Boot Camp at Bethel United Methodist Church from 8:45 AM to 3 PM.

Becker for State Representative - Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).

If the above Donate button does not work, use the button at www.BeckerGOP.com.
You could donate for FREE! You may know that an Ohio Income Tax $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The "Ohio political contributions credit" is on line 9 of your Ohio IT 1040 Schedule of Credits. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why it will cost you nothing. I'm Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos:

Introduction (38 seconds)

Second Amendment (36 seconds)

Taxes (49 seconds)

Energy (55 seconds)

Pro-Life (42 seconds)

Creation Science and Evolution (42 sec.)

State Government Spending (45 sec.)

Donate (50 seconds)

State Government (37 seconds)

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Disclaimer

Nothing in this newsletter constitutes legal advice. I am not an attorney and do not play one on TV. This newsletter is not sanctioned by the GOP, ORP, or any organization, or affiliation. I am fully and solely responsible for its content. Although I strive for accuracy, this is not "The Gospel according to John." Additionally, I don't necessarily try to be "fair and balanced." After all, I didn't get into politics to be a news reporter. My agenda is to influence public policy consistent with Southern Ohio conservative values. For more information on my motivations or how to get involved, see:
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