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Today, President Trump will sign funding legislation that was passed by Congress that will once and for all end the potential of the Cadillac Tax that imposes a 40% tax on health plans that cost over $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for families. While there is an extension for highly dangerous jobs (police, fire, railroad and electrical linemen etc.) many employers have used the potential of this tax to influence negotiations in an attempt to reduce the level of benefits our members receive.

While the tax was a crucial funding mechanism for the subsidies on the ACA exchanges it would have been catastrophic to our members and their health insurance. Congress also approved the removal of a medical device tax and a health insurance plan tax, both were being delayed along with the Cadillac tax that was set to be implemented in 2022. The State PBA is grateful to our national affiliate, NAPO who took the lead lobbying congress to repeal this poorly designed tax on a benefit that is so important to our members.

December 20, 2019
NAPO Victory! Cadillac Tax Repealed
 
In significant victory for NAPO and our members, Congress repealed the “Cadillac Tax”, the 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans, as part of the Fiscal 2020 appropriations agreement (H.R. 1865).  NAPO pressed Congressional leaders to support the inclusion of the Cadillac Tax repeal as part of any year-end, must pass legislative package. We applaud Congress for finally listening to us, to employers, workers, health plans and employee organizations who have been calling for the repeal of the tax since 2015 and we thank them for protecting public safety employees' hard-earned health benefits. 
 
The Cadillac Tax was not just a tax on health plans; it was a loss of earned wages and benefits. Over the years, law enforcement officers through collective bargaining have often given up pay increases in order to secure better health care coverage. Under the excise tax, they were being penalized for entering into those good faith agreements with their employing jurisdictions. If the Cadillac Tax was allowed to be implemented, it would force public safety employees to pay the tax in the form of wage cuts, higher premiums, increased out-of-pocket costs, and lower benefits.
 
The repeal of the Cadillac Tax ensures public safety employees can maintain affordable, full coverage healthcare for themselves and their families.

Mr. Mark Parker
Chairman, President and CEO
Nike World Headquarters
One Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Re: Colin Kaepernick and Nike's ''Just Do It'' Campaign

Dear Chairman Parker,

On behalf of the more than 241,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association across the country, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your selection of Colin Kaepernick for Nike's ''Just Do It'' ad campaign. Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died.

The inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in Nike's ''Just Do It" ad campaign also perpetuates the falsehood that police are racist and aiming to use force against African Americans and persons of color. In reality, officers across the nation risk their lives not only protecting the athletes featured in Nike's various campaigns, but also serve aspiring athletes across the country who use the Nike brand, through the thousands of Police Athletic Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brother/Big Sister programs where our officers donate their time and energy. They deserve to have the respect and full support of corporate citizens like Nike.

Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote ''Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.'' The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has ''sacrificed everything''. To truly understand what it means to ''believe in something'' and ''sacrifice everything'', you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of ''sacrifice''.

In featuring Mr. Kaepernick in the ''Just Do It'' campaign, Nike grossly insults the men and women who really do make sacrifices for the sake of our nation. We are calling on all our member officers, their families and friends to join in boycotting all Nike products.

Sincerely,

Michael McHale
President

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Dear Commissioner Goodell,

Your league is at it again. On behalf of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), I am writing to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing disrespect for American police officers evinced by many of the NFL’s players.

NAPO is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action, and education. Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

Despite assurances from the league and its representatives over the off-season, the first full week of pre-season games shows only a return to the same shenanigans on the field. At the same time that U.S. police line of duty deaths are up from last year, and while the men and women of our nation’s armed services continue to pay with their own blood to defend each one of us, your league’s employees publicly disrespect our flag, our national anthem, our veterans, and our police.

Your inaction in the face of blatant flouting of the norms of our nation, and your league’s own rules, has, unfortunately, come to be expected. Whether it was Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance celebrating cop-killers, or Isaiah Crowell’s Instagram image of an assailant slitting the throat of a police officer, you willfully turn a blind eye. How ironic that your league’s own logo deliberately calls to mind the American flag, with its red, white and blue coloring and background of white stars on a field of blue. America’s law enforcement officers and their families only wish you had the integrity to defend our nation’s flag as vigorously as you defend your company’s own logo.

But once again, there has been no response from you or the NFL. It is shameful that you have yet again sat silent while members of your organization abuse our nation’s defenders.

Sincerely,
William J. Johnson
Executive Director

View Official Letter Here