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Stacey Abrams on Tax Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
Click here for 2 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Ask everyone to do their fair share. (May 2017)
  • Keep graduated income tax instead of 5.4% flat tax. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Tax Reform
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 6 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Leave tax rates low for everyone. (Nov 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (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)
  • Death Tax is a pernicious double tax. (Apr 2015)
Michael Bennet on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
Click here for 6 full quotes by Michael Bennet OR click here for Michael Bennet on other issues.
  • Tax cuts for families; sponsored American Family Act. (May 2019)
  • Cut taxes $12B on small businesses. (Oct 2010)
  • Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts. (Sep 2010)
  • Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families. (Jul 2009)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports increasing income tax rates. (Nov 2016)
Joe Biden on Tax Reform
Former 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)
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  • Wealth tax is counterproductive and unconstitutional. (Jan 2019)
  • Progressive tax yes; wealth tax no. (Jan 2019)
  • The wealthy prefer the current rigged system. (Jan 2019)
  • Wealth tax is unconstitutional counterproductive. (Jan 2019)
  • Tax cuts paying for themselves defies reality. (Dec 2017)
  • GOP tax bill is an economically indefensible blunder. (Dec 2017)
  • 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)
Cory Booker on Tax Reform
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
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  • Expand Earned Income Tax Credit. (May 2019)
  • Helped people claim earned-income tax credit. (Apr 2019)
  • Promised no taxes; but meant "no on one city tax increase". (Apr 2017)
  • Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough. (Jul 2011)
  • One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget. (Feb 2010)
Steve Bullock on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MT Governor
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  • Many people not benefitting from economy. (May 2019)
  • Don't benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle class. (Apr 2016)
  • $400 personal rebate instead of $100M property tax cut. (Jan 2013)
Pete Buttigieg on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
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  • The wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes. (Apr 2019)
Julian Castro on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary
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  • Senior/disabled property tax freeze favored wealthy. (Feb 2019)
  • Raise the top marginal tax rate; negotiate the numbers. (Jan 2019)
  • Top earners, corporations should pay "fair share". (Jan 2019)
  • Stop taking from middle class & favoring the rich. (Sep 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Tax Reform
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
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  • I will not add taxes on anyone earning under $250,000. (Oct 2016)
  • FactCheck: Hillary's plan raises taxes only for top 5%. (Oct 2016)
  • I have always been in favor of banning carried interest. (Oct 2016)
  • Trump loophole: $4B tax benefit for Trump family. (Sep 2016)
  • Trickle-down hasn't worked; no slashing taxes on wealthy. (Sep 2016)
  • Single-payer care & free college will mean high taxes. (Dec 2015)
  • Millionaires should pay 30% tax rate instead of 0%-10%. (Dec 2015)
  • Pledge for no increase in middle tax taxes. (Dec 2015)
  • Wealthy pay too little and middle class pay too much. (Oct 2015)
  • 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)
  • Supports increasing income tax rates. (Nov 2016)
  • Opposes eliminating the death tax. (Nov 2016)
Bill de Blasio on Tax Reform
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Favors tax increases on wealthy. (May 2019)
  • OpEd: NYC property taxes favors the wealthy. (May 2019)
  • Fight the agenda of Trump tax giveaway to the wealthy. (Jan 2019)
John Delaney on Tax Reform
Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
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  • Increase marginal rate, tax investments like income. (Jan 2019)
  • Allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy to expire. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Tulsi Gabbard on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
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  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (NY)
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  • Extend Bush-era tax cuts, except earners over $250K. (Oct 2010)
  • 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Mike Gravel on Tax Reform
Libertarian for President; Former Democratic Senator (AK)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • Automatic return-free tax system by online IRS filing option. (Apr 2019)
  • Progressive tax: 60% at $1 million, and up from there. (Apr 2019)
  • Eliminate income tax so the wealthy can’t “game” the system. (Nov 2007)
  • Tax code is corrupt & serves the wealthy. (Jun 2007)
  • Wipe out the income tax! -- it’s regressive. (Feb 2007)
  • National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports a national sales tax to replace IRS. (Jan 2007)
  • Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS. (Dec 2006)
  • Tax system unfairness only superceded by incomprehensibility. (Apr 2006)
  • Less regressive tax on poor; more capital gains on rich. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Tax Reform
Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
Click here for 6 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Tax credits for middle class & working families. (May 2019)
  • Tax relief for middle class; repeal 2017 tax cuts. (May 2019)
  • Monthly tax credit would provide base income. (Apr 2019)
  • LIFT Act: $500 monthly tax credit for eligible middle class. (Jan 2019)
  • Payments to needy, not tax breaks for the rich. (Oct 2018)
  • Expand EITC, Child Tax Credit, and R&D Tax Credit. (Aug 2016)
Howie Hawkins on Tax Reform
Green Challenger
Click here for 4 full quotes by Howie Hawkins OR click here for Howie Hawkins on other issues.
  • Graduated wealth tax & graduated estate tax. (May 2019)
  • Local property taxes upstate are the highest in the nation. (Aug 2018)
  • Simple, steeply progressive wealth & income taxes. (Nov 2006)
  • Shift to progressively-graduated income and wealth taxes. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Governor
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  • $5 trillion of tax cuts to the wealthy is not the answer. (Oct 2012)
Larry Hogan on Tax Reform
Republican Maryland Governor
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  • Roll back taxes by cutting $1.75B in waste, fraud, & abuse. (Nov 2014)
Jay Inslee on Tax Reform
Democratic WA Governor; Former Representative (WA-1)
Click here for 14 full quotes by Jay Inslee OR click here for Jay Inslee on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 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 YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 24% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
John Kasich on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Click here for 15 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Reduce tax withholding by 3.1%. (Aug 2018)
  • My plan is no fantasy; I moved Ohio from $8B to $2B surplus. (Oct 2015)
  • No taxes on small business; kill the death tax. (Oct 2015)
  • Eliminated the Ohio estate tax but hiked cigarette taxes. (Mar 2015)
  • $3 billion in tax cuts for job creators. (Feb 2015)
  • Lower taxes to create competitive climate. (Nov 2010)
  • 1970s: In Ohio Senate, unwilling to raise taxes. (May 2006)
  • 10% tax cut to promote charitable giving. (May 1999)
  • Tax credits (100%) for charitable donations. (May 1999)
  • $776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Amy Klobuchar on Tax Reform
DFL Sr Senator (MN)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Amy Klobuchar OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Changes in corporate tax would fund infrastructure. (Mar 2019)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts except for those earning over $250K. (Oct 2012)
  • Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year. (Oct 2006)
  • Reduce $250B deficit by rolling back capital gains & top 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Middle class tax cuts good; but current cuts are for rich. (Jan 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)
  • CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts. (Jul 2018)
  • CC:Keep the inhertiance tax. (Jul 2018)
Wayne Messam on Tax Reform
FL Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Shifting tax burden from business not in national interest. (Apr 2019)
Seth Moulton on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MA Rep.
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  • For tax reform that doesn't favor the rich. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports increasing federal income taxes. (Aug 2014)
  • Opposes tax increases, according to Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Opposes tax increases, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Beto O`Rourke on Tax Reform
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 8 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Tax capital at same rate as regular income. (Jun 2019)
  • Voted for oil tax; opposed 2017 tax legislation. (Apr 2019)
  • Wealth tax would generate revenue for 'common benefit'. (Mar 2019)
  • Everyone should sacrifice, with higher top marginal tax rate. (Mar 2019)
  • GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class. (Nov 2017)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
  • CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts. (Jul 2018)
  • CC:Keep the inhertiance tax. (Jul 2018)
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)
Mike Pence on Tax Reform
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 22 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • Lower taxes across the board, and we'll get growth. (Oct 2016)
  • Simplify the tax code. (Jan 2015)
  • Across-the-board tax relief better than stimulus bill. (Jan 2010)
  • 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)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 76% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Tim Ryan on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (OH-17)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Tim Ryan OR click here for Tim Ryan on other issues.
  • Against tax cuts; they're counterproductive. (Apr 2019)
  • 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 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)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 75% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Bernie Sanders on Tax Reform
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 47 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Medicare-for-All raises taxes on middle class, but net gain. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports progressive taxation; closing loopholes for wealthy. (Apr 2019)
  • Top rate of 77% for estates over $1 billion. (Apr 2019)
  • 1974: 100% tax over $1 million. (Mar 2019)
  • Close loopholes that let wealthy avoid taxes. (Feb 2019)
  • Raise income tax & fix estate tax: hardly Marxist ideas. (Feb 2019)
  • Replace carried-interest loophole with progressive taxation. (Aug 2017)
  • Raise funds in a progressive way, for ObamaCare & everything. (Feb 2017)
  • 1980s: progressive property tax, plus Meals & Rooms tax. (Nov 2016)
  • Tax code is rigged to favor top 2% of billionaires. (Nov 2016)
  • 0.1% tax on Wall Street speculation. (Nov 2016)
  • End loophole that allows zero taxes via Cayman Islands. (Feb 2016)
  • Wealthiest will pay more but not as much as under Eisenhower. (Nov 2015)
  • Tax increases may affect more than top 1%. (Oct 2015)
  • Increase tax on wealthy; close loopholes for corporations. (Sep 2015)
  • Raise top marginal income tax rate from 39% to over 50%. (Sep 2015)
  • Increase estate tax rates on inheritances over $3.5M. (Jun 2015)
  • Double the capital gains tax for the wealthiest 2%. (Apr 2015)
  • We need a progressive tax system based on ability to pay. (Mar 2015)
  • Real tax reform based on ability to pay. (Jan 2015)
  • Filibustered against Obama-Republican tax deal. (Dec 2010)
  • Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap the home mortgage interest deduction at $300,000. (Jun 1997)
  • Property taxes are highly regressive & hurt poor & seniors. (Jun 1997)
  • 1% room-and-meal tax instead of property tax. (Jun 1997)

    Voting Record

  • Lower cutoff for estate tax from $5.4M to $3.5M. (Sep 2015)
  • 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)
  • CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts. (Jul 2018)
  • CC:Keep the inhertiance tax. (Jul 2018)
Howard Schultz on Tax Reform
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President
Click here for 2 full quotes by Howard Schultz OR click here for Howard Schultz on other issues.
  • Would increase taxes on rich, sketchy on details. (Mar 2019)
  • Tax cuts for the middle class; but wealthy pay more. (Feb 2019)
Joe Sestak on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral
Click here for 4 full quotes by Joe Sestak OR click here for Joe Sestak on other issues.
  • No flat tax; focus on the working family, not Wall Street. (Apr 2010)
  • Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
Tom Steyer on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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  • Tax reform bill keeps the rich happy but hurts middle class. (Oct 2017)
Eric Swalwell on Tax Reform
Withdrawn Democratic Presidential Challenger; CA Rep
Click here for 3 full quotes by Eric Swalwell OR click here for Eric Swalwell on other issues.
  • The wealthy should pay more taxes. (Jan 2019)
  • Fairer tax system with tax increase on wealthiest Americans. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Donald Trump on Tax Reform
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 34 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Comparison of Warren wealth tax to Trump wealth tax. (Jan 2019)
  • People want tax cuts; don't understand tax reform. (Feb 2018)
  • Doubled standard deduction for all; average $2000 tax cut. (Jan 2018)
  • 1991: Reagan tax cut a catastrophe; 2017: Reagan led economy. (Aug 2017)
  • OpEd: 1986 tax reform was revenue-neutral; 2017 reform isn't. (Aug 2017)
  • Cutting corporate taxes will be a great job creator. (Apr 2017)
  • FactCheck: Cutting carried interest gains $18B in revenue. (Oct 2016)
  • Get rid of carried interest and cut taxes big league. (Oct 2016)
  • OpEd: Can't release tax returns while under audit? Nixon did. (Oct 2016)
  • I'm gonna cut taxes and regulations big league. (Sep 2016)
  • Tax cuts for the wealthy, who will create tremendous jobs. (Sep 2016)
  • Cut taxes by $10T but don't increase deficit. (Oct 2015)
  • Repeal estate tax; it's double taxation. (Oct 2015)
  • Estate tax is unfair double taxation. (Oct 2015)
  • Do away with carried interest; it's unfair. (Oct 2015)
  • OpEd AdWatch: Trump more liberal on taxes than Democrats. (Sep 2015)
  • FactCheck: Proposed 14% tax on wealthy in 2000, but not now. (Sep 2015)
  • No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: One-time wealth tax could cause stock market collapse. (Sep 2015)
  • Raise graduated taxes on hedge fund managers. (Sep 2015)
  • One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt. (Jun 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1986 tax laws destroyed incentives retroactively. (Oct 1997)
  • High tax rate encourages investment risk. (Oct 1997)
  • 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)
  • Opposes increasing income tax rates. (Nov 2016)
  • Supports eliminating the death tax. (Nov 2016)
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)
Arvin Vohra on Tax Reform
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Ch
Click here for 2 full quotes by Arvin Vohra OR click here for Arvin Vohra on other issues.
  • End welfare & other programs, and then abolish income tax. (Mar 2018)
  • UK should cut taxes and cut regulations. (Jun 2016)
Elizabeth Warren on Tax Reform
Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB
Click here for 14 full quotes by Elizabeth Warren OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Increase taxes on millionaires & billionaires. (May 2019)
  • Proposes wealth tax for fortunes over $50 million. (Apr 2019)
  • Comparison of Trump wealth tax to Warren wealth tax. (Jan 2019)
  • 2% wealth tax on assets over $50M; 3% over $1B. (Jan 2019)
  • Wealth tax: $4.1 billion per year on fortune of $137 billion. (Jan 2019)
  • Curb inequality: 2% tax on assets over $50M; 3% over $1B. (Jan 2019)
  • Making housing affordable by raising estate tax. (Sep 2018)
  • Reagan tax cuts reduces revenue and increase national debt. (Apr 2017)
  • Demand the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. (Apr 2017)
  • Lots of wealth in America but it stays at the top. (Jul 2016)
  • Who pays? Everyone, or just the little guys? (Apr 2014)
  • Stop protecting loopholes for millionaires. (Sep 2012)
  • End tax breaks to the already-rich and already-powerful. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Bill Weld on Tax Reform
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Favors cutting spending, cutting taxes. (Apr 2019)
  • Cut capital gains tax; look at flat tax on income. (Feb 2019)
  • I am releasing my returns and Trump should release his. (Oct 2016)
  • Cut taxes without abolishing the IRS. (Jun 2016)
  • 1990s: Produced nine tax cuts as governor of Tax-achussets. (Nov 2005)
  • Cut taxes 15 times as governor. (Oct 1996)
  • My across-the-board tax cuts exceeded $1 billion. (Oct 1996)
  • Roll back more than $2 billion in recent tax increases. (Jan 1996)
Marianne Williamson on Tax Reform
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for Marianne Williamson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Andrew Yang on Tax Reform
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
Click here for 5 full quotes by Andrew Yang OR click here for Andrew Yang on other issues.
  • Value-added tax would generate $800B taxes & $700B GDP. (Jun 2019)
  • Fund programs from tech companies now paying no tax. (Apr 2019)
  • Value Added Tax would generate $800 billion. (Apr 2019)
  • Revenue Day: make paying taxes a celebration. (Mar 2019)
  • Value-Added Tax as part of new capitalist philosophy. (Feb 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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