Mark Kennedy on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (MN-6)
KENNEDY: The solution is to focus on the spending side. How do we control spending so we can keep taxes low and keep growing jobs? Ms. Klobuchar's $1.5 trillion increase in taxes would be devastating for the economy and would kill jobs. We ought to continue with the tax relief that helps to promote that job growth.
KLOBUCHAR: We need to roll back the Bush tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year.
KENNEDY: If you look at her tax proposal of $1.5 trillion, the top 1% only covers about a third of that. When someone like Ms. Klobuchar says she wants to tax the rich, the middle class gets drenched.
KLOBUCHAR: The proposals I've made does not change the tax cut for the middle class, in fact it adds tax cuts for the middle class. We're going to pay for it by rolling back the tax cut on those in the top 1%.
KENNEDY: We have had six million new jobs. The economy was flat on its back after 9/11. We passed tax relief to reward people--to let them keep more of their hard-earned money. Families, small business, those that take risk and create jobs. Six million new jobs have been created. We cannot be raising taxes, putting this economy back on its back, and also not growing jobs.
A: I do believe the tax cuts we passed need to be made permanent, that they are having a positive effect on the economy, that we need to continue growing the economy. The tax relief we passed turned around the country, and that's the path we need to continue on, not taking the risk of a huge tax increase.
The bill would allow more individuals to receive immediate $300 refunds, and lower the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 18%.
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