Tommy Thompson on Tax Reform
Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)
Replace alternative minimum tax with flat tax
Q: In addition to the Bush tax cut, name a tax youíd like to cut.
A: I was governor of Wisconsin and vetoed 1,900 items, and reduced taxes $16.4 billion. I think the biggest problem weíve got in
America is the alternative minimum tax thatís bringing more middle-income people in. Letís put it in -- letís have the people have a flat tax and have the option of paying whichever is least.
Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC
May 3, 2007
Cut taxes 91 times in Wisconsin, totaling $16.7 billion
We cut taxes in the very first budget and havenít stopped since. We cut taxes 91 times totaling $16.7 billion. These cuts saved the average Wisconsin family $8,400. And they infused new money into the economy to help stimulate growth and prosperity.
And tonight, the stateís national tax ranking has fallen to ninth in the nation. And when the cuts we enacted for years 2000 and 2001 are factored into the equation, we can say with confidence that Wisconsin is finally out of the top 10 states.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address
Jan 31, 2001
Tax cuts are an investment in working families
The governor said tax cuts are a sound investment in stronger families, and the $1 billion in tax cut reductions enacted by the budget and the rebate checks builds on his record of reducing the tax burden on working families.
Gov. Thompson proposed a $339 million permanent income tax cut, the largest middle-class income tax cut in state history. Governor Thompson has cut taxes a remarkable 91 times saving the average Wisconsin family more than $8,400.
Source: WI Governorís website
Jan 8, 2001
No national sales tax or VAT.
Thompson adopted the National Governors Association policy:
State tax policy is closely linked to federal policy. 36 states currently use either federal income or federal tax liability as the state tax base for personal income taxes. It is critical that Congress and the administration do not enact tax reform in a vacuum, but in consultation and in partnership with the nationís Governors.
Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy Statement EC-9 00-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2000
- National Sales or Value-Added Tax The nationís Governors oppose a national sales or transactional value-added tax. Such taxes would intrude into a tax area that has traditionally been reserved for and relied on by state and local governments. If enacted, either of these taxes would seriously threaten the ability of state and local governments to maintain their tax base.
- Current Income Tax If Congress decides to reform the current tax system, they should reduce the complexity of current income taxes; increase incentives to work, save, and invest; and increase efficiency and fairness. As part of any reform of the
current income tax, the nationís Governors would oppose any modification to the deductibility of state income taxes, property taxes, and the interest on state and local bonds.
- Transition If major tax reform is enacted, it should not be implemented for at least three years, to give states ample time to adjust their own tax systems.
- Information Needs of the StatesThe ability of states to tax various revenue sources depends to a large extent on information that only the federal government can collect. This is becoming much more important given the complexity of both the international and domestic economies in tracing where goods and income are generated. It is critical that the federal government separate tax reform per se from the information that is collected from individuals, businesses, and corporations with respect to income generated. The data collection role of the federal government must be developed in partnership with state and local governments.
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