Lake Worth, Fla – July 26, 2016 – Late yesterday, Florida House District 90 candidate Artie Lurie signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Lurie is the Libertarian Party of Florida candidate running against Democratic Party of Florida incumbent Lori Berman. There is no Republican candidate in the race.
By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents make a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is made to a candidate’s constituents, who deserve to know where candidates stand on the tax issue. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge. A database of those who have signed the Pledge can be found here.
Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become practically required for Republicans seeking office and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.
Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.
Here is Lurie’s letter to Americans for Tax Reform and his signed pledge:
Thank You for sending me the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. I have enclosed an attachment to this email with the signed pledge witnessed by my friends of liberty. As a Libertarian, I am committed to the principles of freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government. The focus of my campaign is to point out that government is way too big and too intrusive into our lives. In fact, I have already pledged to the voters of my district and all Floridians at the start of my campaign that my goal is to make government as small as possible so there wouldn’t be any need to collect one dime in sales taxes or even corporate taxes. Repealing the state sales tax will save Floridians an average of $3000 a year to spend it, save it, or give it away as they think best. Repealing the corporate sales tax will allow businesses to prosper and create thousands of jobs, and attracting more businesses to move to Florida. I urge all candidates and elected officials to sign this pledge as I have and work to reduce government so we can have the free country our founding fathers intended it to be.
Yours in Liberty,
Libertarian for Florida State House District 90