In recent years, the Hispanic community experienced tremendous economic strength as a result of numerous pro-growth federal policies that empowered individuals to build a better future for themselves and their families.  

Following the health and economic crisis in our country, it is imperative lawmakers continue to reduce barriers to opportunity. They can do so by:  

  • Stopping overspending, bailouts, and cronyism: In times of crisis, blanket approaches to government spending, like bailouts and spending proposals filled with items unrelated to relief, won’t help spur economic recovery when Americans need it most. Instead, Congress should act as good stewards of our hard-earned tax dollars by ensuring any spending is timely and relevant to the problems at hand.  
  • Removing barriers to work: The COVID-19 pandemic has put new strains on the economy and disrupted the lives of millions of Latinos across the nation. Policymakers should remove artificial barriers, unleash innovation, and support more work flexibility so people can pursue opportunities to improve their lives in a way that best fits their circumstances. 
  • Resisting regulatory actions detrimental to hardworking individuals, families, and entrepreneurs: Lawmakers should ensure any regulations issued are streamlined to address legitimate economic or social problems and be objective, non-discriminatory, and not more stringent than strictly necessary. 
  • Addressing financial regulations and increasing access to capital: Obtaining a loan and accessing capital is usually the first step for individuals trying to make their dreams a reality. Yet, too often, financial compliance and regulations needlessly limit access to capital. Congress should suspend, eliminate, or right-size the financial, accounting, and reporting requirements that stand in the way of economic recovery. 
  • Promoting entrepreneurial approaches to energy and environmental innovation: Environmental and climate regulations that constrain choice and replace what works for families with what works for politicians hurt the most vulnerable citizens. Energy enables economic opportunity and mobility and is the linchpin for individuals to escape energy poverty. Congress should oppose actions to prohibit certain energy technologies, revoke or withhold permits for energy infrastructure, impose costly taxes on carbon emissions, or implement other harmful policies. 

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Coalition Letter: Tax Relief Benefits Arizona Families, Workers, and Economy

Phoenix, AZ – Americans for Prosperity-Arizona (AFP-AZ), the LIBRE Initiative, and Concerned Veterans for America today led a coalition of leading taxpayer advocacy and government accountability organizations issuing a letter to state legislators in support of a tax reform proposal that would lower Arizona’s income tax rate to one flat rate of 2.5% with a … Read More
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North Carolina’s Taxpayers Deserve a Say in How Their Hard-Earned Money is Spent

NC Senate Should Pass SB 717 (Raleigh, NC) – Today, Americans for Prosperity and The LIBRE Initiative, voiced their support for North Carolina’s SB 717, otherwise known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. SB 717 is a constitutional amendment under consideration in North Carolina’s legislature that would place limits on state spending and require that tax increases go before … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative-Colorado calls out crazy commuter proposal

Latinos already are more likely to commute and have fewer options when it comes to teleworking than other Coloradans. Now, in a misguided attempt to reduce emissions, the state Department of Public Health and Environment wants to make getting to work even harder for them. In El Comercio de Colorado, Angle Merlos, coalitions director for The LIBRE Initiative-Colorado, … Read More
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Temporary Waiver of Jones Act is Further Evidence that Full Repeal is Needed

White House and Congress Should Repeal Outdated Law as Costs Continue to Rise (ARLINGTON, VA) – Today, The White House announced a temporary waiver of the Jones Act in order to ease anticompetitive shipping restrictions dating from 1920. The Biden administration noted that the waiver only applied to a single tanker and they are considering additional … Read More

LIBRE-Nevada urges lawmakers to tackle jobs, health care, criminal justice before time runs out

Writing in El Tiempo Las Vegas, The LIBRE Initiative-Nevada Community Engagement Director Eddie Diaz points to the urgency state lawmakers face in the final days of the legislative session. “Lawmakers should seize the opportunity to boost the economy, guard against future pandemics, and reform criminal justice. If they do, Nevada’s Hispanic community will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Diaz … Read More
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The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado Affirms Opposition to Gas Tax

The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado Affirms Opposition to Gas Tax (Denver, CO) – Today, The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado, a group committed to empowering the Hispanic community, reaffirmed its opposition to proposals to raise the gas tax on Coloradans. Legislators recently announced plans to introduce legislation that would enact higher fees on gas, while putting a state … Read More

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