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Mike Bouchard on Tax Reform

 


Prioritize our spending and hold ourselves accountable

Renewing Michigan's economy starts with prioritizing our spending & holding ourselves accountable for the decisions we make. After all, just because we have checks in the checkbook doesn't mean we have money in the bank. What we see in Washington proves they just don't understand that. Unfortunately, Sen. Debbie Stabenow's tax-and-spend philosophy only adds to Washington's spending problem. In fact, she has voted over 76 times for higher taxes in the Senate and hundreds of times throughout her career.
Source: Campaign website, mikeformichigan.com, "Issues" Oct 1, 2006

Growth in government stunts economic growth

[Experts say], "Growth in government stunts general economic growth. Increases in government spending or taxes lead to persistent decreases in the rate of job growth." Unfortunately, Senator Debbie Stabenow's tax-and-spend philosophy only adds to Washington's spending problem. In fact, she has voted over 76 times for higher taxes in the Senate and hundreds of times throughout her career
Source: Campaign website, mikeformichigan.com Sep 30, 2006

Make the Bush tax cuts permanent

Since the second tax cut in 2003, the US economy has generated over five million jobs nationwide. Further, these tax cuts have lowered federal taxes for over 3.5 million Michigan residents. Unless we act to make these tax cuts permanent, the average Michigan family will see their taxes increase by nearly 50% in 2011. Sen. Stabenow opposed these tax cuts repeatedly, and opposes making them permanent. I will be a vote for making this lower rate permanent.

Some have argued that such tax cuts are responsible for the current federal deficit and have benefited only the very wealthy. In fact, federal revenues have grown from about $2 trillion in 2001 to about $2.3 trillion. At the same time, federal spending has increased from about $1.9 trillion to around $2.7 trillion. The problem isn't too little revenue, in my view, but too much spending. As President Kennedy once observed in defense of his own tax cuts, "a rising tide lifts all boats." The same was true for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

Source: Campaign booklet, "Renewing Michigan's Economy" Sep 14, 2006

Tax burden & government spending are too high

Bouchard's real world experiences helped him develop a strong foundation and commitment to his core values. He understands that the tax burden on working families is too high and that government spending is out of control in Washington. He has a proven record as a fiscal conservative having helped deliver balanced budgets every year, while cutting taxes and increasing our investment in education while in the state Senate.
Source: Campaign website, www.bouchardforussenate.com Mar 5, 2006

Reduced Real Estate Transfer Tax by $358M

[As Sheriff, Bouchard helped with] passing legislation which saves taxpayers $358 million annually through the reduction of the Real Estate Transfer Tax, Bouchard has been a leader, working to secure a future for the families of Michigan.
Source: Campaign website, www.bouchardforussenate.com Mar 5, 2006

Other candidates on Tax Reform: Mike Bouchard on other issues:
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Jennifer Granholm
MI Senatorial:
Bret McAtee
Carl Levin
Debbie Stabenow
Keith Butler
Leonard Schwartz

2004 Presidential:
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Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

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Sen.Hillary Clinton
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Rudy Giuliani
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