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Jill Stein on Tax Reform

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Incomes rise for wealthiest 1% but their taxes have fallen

Q: What are your views on progressive taxation?

A: It's outrageous that the wealth of the top 1/10 of 1% has risen in the past decade while their taxes are cut via capital gains. No one is even talking, Democrat or Republican, about restoring the capital gains tax. The solutions even by progressive Democrats barely begin to scrape the surface of the problem.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

Fees and sales taxes hit lower and middle income hardest

What if we stopped hiking taxes and fees that target ordinary people and instead balanced the budget through fairer taxes?

Beacon Hill has allowed the budget to be balanced by raising a number of taxes and fees that hit working people hard. They have raised the sales tax, college tuition, MBTA fares, and tobacco taxes. By cutting aid to cities and towns, legislators have forced hikes in property taxes.

When all state and local taxes are considered, lower and middle income people in Massachusetts are paying at twice the rate of the top 1% highest income bracket. This is not a fair system, and Beacon Hill has made it even more unfair with tax hikes over the past decade.

Jill Stein will fight any attempt to balance the budget through tax or fee hikes that hit ordinary taxpayers. She will stand for the fairness solution--which means closing any budget gap by asking higher-income taxpayers to pay something closer to the rate that most people have been experiencing for years.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign website jillstein.org, "Issues" , Sep 29, 2010

Close tax loopholes & stop corporate welfare

We need to close existing tax loopholes and end the corporate welfare going to the wealthy friends of politicians. These favors give unfair and arbitrary advantage to industries with influence on Beacon Hill, impeding competition and discouraging innovation. Closing these loopholes can easily generate a billion dollars in revenue - more revenue than is lost in giving low and moderate income taxpayers the tax break they deserve.
Source: Campaign web site, www.JillWill.org, “Issues” , Oct 9, 2002

Replace “trickle down” with 50% tax cuts on lower incomes

The goal of our first administration will be to create a system in which the total tax burden is the same-as a portion of income-across the income spectrum. As part of this we will cut the income tax burden of low and moderate income people in half. By putting additional income in the hands of lower income people, this tax cut will provide a stimulus to the economy. On the day I’m elected governor, the trickle down theory of economics is dead on Beacon Hill.
Source: Campaign web site, www.JillWill.org, “Issues” , Oct 9, 2002

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