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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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From Curtis Coleman, possible Republican candidate for U.S. Senate:

Curtis Coleman Signs ‘No New Taxes’ Pledge to Protect Arkansas Families

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Curtis Coleman, the chief executive officer of an Arkansas-based food safety company who has filed an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate, traveled to Washington, D.C. today to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).



Coleman, a former “Arkansas Entrepreneur of the Year’ award winner and CEO of Safe Foods Corporation, one of the fastest growing food safety companies in the U.S., said the taxpayer pledge is “necessary to protect Arkansas families from a growing tax burden being imposed by federal lawmakers.”

“I’m proud to sign this important pledge as a sign of my commitment to restoring prosperity for all Arkansans,” said Coleman who filed a Senate exploratory committee in May.

The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

“Arkansans are anxious about the economy and how we’re going to pay for an increasing tax burden on families and businesses, fueled by ill-advised policies and out-of-control deficit spending,” said Coleman.

“Lower taxes and regulations are at the heart of our ability to compete in the international arena,” said Coleman, whose business is making food safer on four continents. 

Coleman said he is concerned about recent policies in the U.S. Congress which would impose a greater tax burden on working Arkansans and limit their ability to find good, decent paying jobs with benefits to provide for their families.

“How we pay for these new health care and other programs has a great impact, not only on Arkansans’ quality of life and economic security, but also on our international security and our ability to defend our interests outside of our borders,” he said.

Coleman said his business experience in 48 U.S. states and more than 30 countries has provided him with “first-hand knowledge of the issues related to international competition in a global marketplace” and how international politics can interfere with or threaten the safety and security of American consumers.

“American taxpayers need candidates that understand the financial issues facing the U.S. today,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Curtis Coleman shows hardworking families that he understands that letting them keep more of their money is not only good for the family budget but good for the economy as well,” said Norquist.

Coleman made his remarks at a morning event hosted by the Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C.

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