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Joe Biden on Tax Reform
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 29 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less. (Oct 2012)
  • Not mathematically possible to cut $5T in loopholes. (Oct 2012)
  • Tax revenue increases must be part of budget deal. (Apr 2012)
  • Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us. (Nov 2011)
  • Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy. (Apr 2010)
  • Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not vote with Obama on tax increase. (Oct 2008)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don’t need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B. (Jul 2007)
  • Eliminate the tax cut just for those people in the top 1%. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Mike Bloomberg on Tax Reform
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 5 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Raised property taxes to 18.5%, highest in history. (Sep 2010)
  • 2004: Refunded $250M to residential taxpayers, not business. (Sep 2010)
  • $400 property tax rebate to all homeowners. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised taxes on high-earners to incent municipal employees. (Jun 2007)
  • Raised property taxes 18% to pay off budget deficit. (Mar 2007)
John Bolton on Tax Reform
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    No stance on record.
Jeb Bush on Tax Reform
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 9 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package. (Mar 2013)
  • Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends. (Dec 2009)
  • 1987: supported sales service tax; 1998: opposed it. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers". (Feb 2007)
  • Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense. (Jun 2001)
  • Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority. (Jun 2001)
  • Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Ben Carson on Tax Reform
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  • Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing. (Feb 2013)
  • Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Not unpatriotic for rich to take advantage of loopholes. (Jan 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Tax Reform
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 31 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Absolutely no tax increase on people earning under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Perhaps raise capital gains tax, but at most to 20%. (Apr 2008)
  • Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: cut taxes for the middle class. (Feb 2008)
  • Wealthy should go back to paying pre-Bush tax rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Want to restore the tax rates we had in the ‘90s. (Dec 2007)
  • Freeze estate tax at 2009 level of $7 million per couple. (Oct 2007)
  • Why cut off payroll contribution at $95,000? (Jun 2007)
  • Cut alternative minimum tax, not billionaire tax cuts. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand child tax credit for child’s first year. (Dec 2006)
  • End Bush tax cuts;take things away from rich for common good. (Oct 2006)
  • To get America back on track, cut short tax cuts. (Sep 2005)
  • Social issues matter; wrong time for tax cuts. (Nov 2000)
  • NY share of federal taxes is too high. (Feb 2000)
  • GOP tax plan would hurt New York’s students. (Aug 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Just Say No to GOP tax plan. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ted Cruz on Tax Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code. (Apr 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
Andrew Cuomo on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by Andrew Cuomo OR click here for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.
  • Tax cut for middle class; increase taxes on wealthiest 1%. (Jun 2014)
  • A flat tax is not a fair tax. (Jan 2012)
  • Enacted NY's first-ever property tax cap: 2% per year. (Jan 2012)
  • NY has 2nd highest state and local tax burden in the nation. (Jan 2011)
  • Freeze state taxes; cap local taxes; cap spending. (Nov 2010)
  • Tax business based on how much business they do in NY. (Feb 2002)
Rahm Emanuel on Tax Reform
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
Click here for 9 full quotes by Rahm Emanuel OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Overhaul tax code for those who NEED wealth. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Newt Gingrich on Tax Reform
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
Click here for 19 full quotes by Newt Gingrich OR click here for Newt Gingrich on other issues.
  • Flat tax at 15%; reduce government to make that work. (Jan 2012)
  • Obama divides us by going after people who make over $250K. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama's "balanced approach" is code for raise taxes. (Jul 2011)
  • Death tax is a direct assault on civil society. (Jun 2011)
  • Energy taxes are taxes on people earning under $250K. (Feb 2009)
  • Match the Chinese and have zero capital gains tax. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted against Reagan tax increases & Bush tax increases. (Feb 2008)
  • Flat tax proposal criticized for losing popular tax breaks. (Dec 2007)
  • Tax hikes retard growth and depress revenues. (Dec 2007)
  • Change tax policies to make US companies competitive abroad. (Sep 2007)
  • Create tax incentives that encourage R&D. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate the capital gains tax to encourage investing. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposing taxes is a key conservative value. (Jul 1998)
  • Input of public judgement for any major tax reform. (Jul 1998)
  • EITC is an invitation to fraud. (Jul 1998)
  • Taxes are too complicated and IRS is too intimidating. (Jul 1996)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Nikki Haley on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes by Nikki Haley OR click here for Nikki Haley on other issues.
  • Reduce tax burden every single year: eliminate 6% bracket. (Jan 2013)
  • Flatten individual income tax from six brackets to three. (Jan 2012)
  • 29 taxes out of 32 create little revenue but add bureaucracy. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Huckabee on Tax Reform
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 40 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • In AR, eliminated marriage penalty & bracket creep. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system can't be fixed, not even with Duct Tape & WD-40. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system punishes people for working & productivity. (Feb 2008)
  • Signed tax pledge to not raise marginal tax rates. (Feb 2008)
  • Supported Bush tax cuts then; I support them now. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: To be revenue-neutral, FairTax raises some taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: FairTax does not bring underground into economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax will tax the average American much less. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax and its prebate untax the poor and the elderly. (Jan 2008)
  • Net change as governor: same income tax; 1› more sales tax. (Jan 2008)
  • Raising fees is the same as raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised AR net tax burden by $500M to comply with court order. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised some taxes based on court orders and voter approval. (Dec 2007)
  • Support FairTax with a tax credit for the poor. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax would not eliminate IRS; just change role. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax is 23%; Bush’s study missed prebate & other aspects. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export. (Oct 2007)
  • FairTax eliminates all taxes on productivity & saving. (Sep 2007)
  • Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code. (Aug 2007)
  • Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul. (Aug 2007)
  • FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement. (May 2007)
  • Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax. (May 2007)
  • First governor in Arkansas history to ever lower taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Wouldn’t propose new taxes, but won’t pledge against taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Raised Arkansas taxes 5 times, but lowered taxes 94 times. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports national flat tax to keep up with globalization. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminated AR marriage penalty & capital gains on home sales. (Jan 2007)
  • Illustrated hypocrisy with “Tax Me More Fund”. (Jan 2007)
  • We ought to un-tax innovation, un-tax income. (Jan 2006)
  • Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls. (Jan 2001)
  • Remove sales tax on food; it's regressive. (Sep 1997)
  • No tax increase under any circumstances. (Nov 1992)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Tax Reform
Republican UT Governor
Click here for 10 full quotes by Jon Huntsman OR click here for Jon Huntsman on other issues.
  • Rip out $1.1T in loopholes from the corrupt tax code. (Jan 2012)
  • Individual tax rates: 8%, 14%, 24%; corporate rate: 25%. (Sep 2011)
  • Eliminate loopholes & make code flatter & simpler. (Sep 2011)
  • Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Created UT flat tax;but only top rate got 30% cut. (Jul 2011)
  • Pro-business agenda, including targeted tax cuts. (Jan 2011)
  • Historically high tax burden is now below national average. (Jan 2008)
  • Removed half of the sales tax on food. (Jan 2007)
  • Restructure taxes to be more business-friendly. (Nov 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Bobby Jindal on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. (Apr 2013)
  • Simplify our complicated tax code by blowing it up. (Mar 2013)
  • The more you pay in taxes the less you are free. (Nov 2010)
  • Create jobs by lowering tax rates for families & business. (Feb 2009)
  • Federal tax rebate should be exempted from state income tax. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate the permanent tax on business utilities. (Mar 2008)
  • Speed up the elimination of the tax on capital debt. (Mar 2008)
  • Use vehicle taxes & license fees for transportation expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • Make the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Gary Johnson on Tax Reform
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • 23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS. (May 2012)
  • Get rid of income tax and capital-gains tax. (Feb 2012)
  • FairTax on all new goods & services, with prebates for poor. (Feb 2012)
  • FairTax would absolutely reboot the American economy. (Sep 2011)
  • Replace tax system with a FairTax. (Sep 2011)
  • Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax. (Sep 2011)
  • Reduce state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%. (Jul 2011)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Peter King on Tax Reform
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Our tax code is excessively complex and convoluted. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 59% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Tax Reform
Democrat
Click here for 2 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases. (Jan 2014)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Barack Obama on Tax Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 47 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for 11 older headlines OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Tax cuts won't help us compete with China; invest instead. (Oct 2012)
  • I've cut taxes for middle-class families & small businesses. (Oct 2012)
  • We need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share. (Sep 2011)
  • We cut taxes 25 times, for 95% of Americans. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Tax cut only helps 75% or workers, not 95%. (Feb 2009)
  • Yes, earmarks are abused, but small compared to tax cuts. (Sep 2008)
  • Trickle-down economics has failed. (Aug 2008)
  • Adjust capital gains tax up to where Reagan set it. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax cut for middle class and relief to struggling homeowners. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jul 2008)
  • Maintain the inheritance tax on wealthy. (Jul 2008)
  • Middle class tax cut helps offset rising cost of gas & food. (Jun 2008)
  • Under Bill Clinton, rich people didn’t feel oppressed. (Apr 2008)
  • Stimulus package: $500 tax cut, & Social Security supplement. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore progressive tax; close loopholes; relief to seniors. (Oct 2007)
  • Tax incentives to create jobs at home instead of offshore. (Jun 2004)
  • Last thing we need now is a permanent tax cut. (Jan 2008)

    Taxing the Wealthy

  • Bring back the Clinton tax rate for income above $250,000. (Oct 2012)
  • It's unfair for a nurse to pay a higher tax rate than Romney. (Oct 2012)
  • 47% who don't pay income tax pay many other taxes. (Sep 2012)
  • No tax breaks for millionaires; GOP always wants tax cuts. (Sep 2012)
  • Buffett rule: millionaires pay minimum of 30% in taxes. (Jan 2012)
  • No across-the-board tax cuts for the wealthy. (Jan 2010)
  • Tax cuts for wealthy got us into the current deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • No $300 billion on tax cuts for those who don’t need them. (Sep 2008)
  • Tax cut for 95% of all working families, not corporations. (Aug 2008)
  • I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it. (May 2008)
  • No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue. (Apr 2008)
  • I’m not bashful about it: wealthy will pay more taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Trillion dollar giveaway: the Paris Hilton Tax Break. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce Bush tax cuts to pay for health care & other programs. (Jun 2007)
  • Estate tax only affects the wealthiest 1/2 of 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush tax cuts help corporations but not middle class. (Jun 2004)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Voted for non-binding tax increase on $42K income. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: didn’t vote to raise taxes 94 times; at most 54. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Sarah Palin on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 17 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Core GOP belief is limited government and limited taxation. (Feb 2010)
  • 1992: First campaign focused on reducing property taxes. (Nov 2009)
  • To end recession: slay the death tax and cut capital gains. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: No, Reagan didn't end 1980s recession by tax cuts. (Nov 2009)
  • Under Obama plan, small businesses will see tax increases. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Undoing Bush tax cut only hits families over $83K. (Oct 2008)
  • No Alaska sales tax; and $3,200 payments annually. (Sep 2008)
  • Everybody benefits when government takes less. (Sep 2008)
  • Raising taxes hurts small business and hurts jobs. (Sep 2008)
  • Elected mayor based on tax cut promise. (Aug 2008)
  • As mayor, cut property taxes & increased sales tax. (Aug 2008)
  • $60M annually for municipal revenue sharing. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate taxes that inhibit business. (Jan 2008)
  • Repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax. (Jan 2007)
  • Mitigate impact of new $50M annual cruise ship tourism tax. (Oct 2006)
  • No income tax; no taking the people’s dividends. (Oct 2006)
  • Would support a seasonal sales tax, but no income tax. (Oct 2006)
Deval Patrick on Tax Reform
Democrat
Click here for 10 full quotes by Deval Patrick OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Reduce sales tax; and raise income tax. (Jan 2013)
  • Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes. (Jan 2009)
  • Cut property tax; expand circuit breaker & senior exemption. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut the property tax, not the income tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Restore local aid so towns can cut property taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports local meals tax and local-option taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes tax rollback because it would raise property taxes. (May 2006)
  • Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials. (Jan 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Rand Paul on Tax Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Economic growth comes when we lower taxes for everyone. (Jan 2014)
  • Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposed to increasing taxes during recession. (Feb 2011)
  • Joe Taxpayer gets stuck with the bill for budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rick Perry on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • No state can tax and spend its way to prosperity. (Mar 2014)
  • 7% flat tax on all income; keep it simple. (Jan 2012)
  • Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead. (Feb 2011)
  • Balance our budget without raising taxes. (Feb 2011)
  • Give taxes dose of accountability, transparency & restraint. (Jan 2009)
  • Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rob Portman on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Any tax increase would hurt the fragile economy. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Condoleezza Rice on Tax Reform
Secretary of State
Click here for the full quote by Condoleezza Rice OR click here for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.
  • Keep taxation low; tax funds must be well-spent. (Oct 2005)
Mitt Romney on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 32 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Limit the number of tax deductions for everyone with a cap. (Oct 2012)
  • We need to cut taxes and reduce regulations for businesses. (Oct 2012)
  • I am not proposing a $5T tax cut for the rich. (Oct 2012)
  • To close loopholes: Perhaps allow any deductions up to $25K. (Oct 2012)
  • Reduce top income tax from 35% to 25%. (Jan 2012)
  • 2002: refused to sign gimmicky "no new taxes" pledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Tax rate flatter & simpler but still progressive for now. (Nov 2011)
  • I don't want to raise taxes in the middle of a recession. (Nov 2011)
  • Rich are doing fine; Poor have safety net; Middle needs help. (Oct 2011)
  • $200,000 income threshold for no interest & dividend tax. (Sep 2011)
  • FairTax is structured poorly against the middle class. (Sep 2011)
  • Eliminate taxes on dividends & interest but not via FairTax. (Mar 2010)
  • Fees are appropriate for the government to provide services. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the Bush tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Never opposed 2003 Bush cuts, but never supported. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families. (Dec 2007)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; Dems pledge to raise taxes. (Sep 2007)
  • Death tax just doesn’t make sense. (Aug 2007)
  • Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002. (May 2007)
  • End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains. (May 2007)
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)

    Massachusetts

  • 1996: flat tax is unfair to the middle class. (Nov 2011)
  • I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor. (Aug 2011)
  • Raised MA taxes by 5%, via $700M in fees. (Nov 2008)
  • Raised service fees like highway ads, from $200 to $2,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised $240M in MA fees, but only covering cost of services. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees. (May 2007)
Marco Rubio on Tax Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • 2007: Replace all property taxes by adding 2.5% to sales tax. (Feb 2014)
  • Replace property taxes with a consumption tax. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Proposed consumption tax called "largest tax increase". (Jun 2012)
  • Eliminate Florida property tax; or cap it at 1.35%. (Jun 2012)
  • We need new taxpayers, not new taxes. (Apr 2012)
  • No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%. (Oct 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners. (Oct 2010)
  • Address market uncertainty by making Bush cuts permanent. (Aug 2010)
  • 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax. (Mar 2010)
  • Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep. (Mar 2010)
  • Capital gains tax is double taxation. (Feb 2010)
  • Simplify our tax code; reduce the tax burden. (Feb 2010)
  • Supermajority vote for any tax increases. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Paul Ryan on Tax Reform
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 25 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • Are we for more revenues? No, we're not. (Jan 2013)
  • FactCheck: JFK cut rates by 20%, but from twice today's rate. (Dec 2012)
  • Tax cuts grow the economy and create jobs. (Oct 2012)
  • 20% across-the-board tax cut via bipartisan negotiation. (Oct 2012)
  • Eliminate double taxes like the death tax and AMT. (Aug 2012)
  • CBO: Ryan increases revenue to 19% of GDP without saying how. (Apr 2012)
  • Road Map: simplified two-level flat tax. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Bernie Sanders on Tax Reform
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 20 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Rick Santorum on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 20 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Just two income tax rates: 10% and 28%. (Jan 2012)
  • Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goes. (Jan 2012)
  • 84% of Americans pay more tax if we have national sales tax. (Oct 2011)
  • Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B. (Sep 2006)
  • More child credit for larger families earning over $110,000. (Apr 2006)
  • Death should not be a taxable event. (Feb 2001)
  • Tax burden increases inequities & decreases savings. (Apr 1996)
  • Tax credits are for families who pay taxes. (Nov 1995)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Donald Trump on Tax Reform
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 9 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • 4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax. (Dec 2011)
  • Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic. (Dec 2011)
  • Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much. (Jul 2000)
  • Personally avoids sales tax, but knows many people like it. (Dec 1999)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years. (Nov 1999)
Jesse Ventura on Tax Reform
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 15 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • OpEd: Reduction of deficit were "Jesse taxes". (May 2010)
  • Cut fees on only some watercraft, as unconstitutional. (Apr 2008)
  • Remove "license tab fees": a hidden sales tax. (Apr 2008)
  • Base property tax on services needed, not on value of home. (Apr 2008)
  • Replace property-tax-funded schooling with general funds. (Apr 2008)
  • Modernize, simplify, & clarify tax system. (Dec 2000)
  • Repeal the 16th Amendment. (Jul 2000)
  • Replace income with national sales tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Let people keep as much of their money as possible. (Jan 1999)
  • $600 “Jesse Checks” tax rebate to every taxpayer. (Jan 1999)
  • Replace income tax with 15% national sales tax. (Jan 1999)
  • Supports national consumption tax to equalize tax burden. (Nov 1998)
  • Reform outdated property tax system. (Oct 1998)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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