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John Raese on Tax Reform

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Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K

Manchin is a popular governor serving his second term and known even by West Virginians who don't closely follow politics. To overcome that, the Republicans are trying to make the election a referendum on President Barack Obama. Manchin is banking on his popularity and track record, telling West Virginians to trust he'll be an independent voice.

Raese called the state of the nation's economy "almost catastrophic" and focused heavily on creating a pro-business environment, saying he would push for less regulation and taxation of corporations. He also advocated making tax cuts for people who earn more than $250,000 permanent, arguing it would stimulate investment.

Manchin, however, said he wouldn't "mess with or increase" taxes during a time of turmoil and touted his own ability to cut taxes by $235 million since he took office.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

Supports tax cuts to spur economic growth and job growth

I am a Ronald Reagan Republican and I support tax cuts to spur economic growth and job growth. The Reagan tax cuts led to some of the most prosperous years in American history - 22 million new jobs were created in seven years. The Bush tax cuts have also stimulated job growth, but we need to do more and go further. The Bush tax cuts should be made permanent, because if they’re not, then when they come off the books we’ll be socking Americans with another tax increase they don’t need.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, RaeseForSenate.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2006

Supports flat tax or national sales tax

The tax code needs to be reformed and simplified, and I am open to all proposals for reform including going to a flat tax or a national sales or consumption tax. Interestingly, many Eastern European countries that used to be under the thumb of repressive communism are pressing forward with a flat tax and we could learn a lesson from their enthusiasm to enact a tax code that rewards achievement instead of punishing it.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, RaeseForSenate.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2006

Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes.

Raese signed Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Source: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" 10-ATR on Aug 12, 2010

Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases.

Raese opposes the CC survey questions on increasing taxes

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q11 on Aug 11, 2010

Opposes increasing tax rates.

Raese opposes the CC Voters Guide question on tax rates

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Increasing federal income tax rates"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q11a on Oct 31, 2012

Supports eliminating the inheritance tax.

Raese supports the CC Voters Guide question on the inheritance tax

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Permanent elimination of the "Death Tax""

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q11b on Oct 31, 2012

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