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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Charlie Baker on Tax Reform
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
  • Make MA taxes competitive with other states. (Nov 2010)
  • Signed the no-new taxes pledge. (Sep 2010)
Tom Menino on Tax Reform
Mayor of Boston: Click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Deval Patrick on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Reduce sales tax; and raise income tax. (Jan 2013)
  • Let municipalities raise property, meals, and lodging taxes. (Jan 2009)
  • Cut property tax; expand circuit breaker & senior exemption. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Cut the property tax, not the income tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Restore local aid so towns can cut property taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports local meals tax and local-option taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes tax rollback because it would raise property taxes. (May 2006)
  • Allow cities to raise local meals tax-trust local officials. (Jan 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Dan Wolf on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

MA 2014: 2014 MA Senate debate


Mo Cowan on Tax Reform
Democratic Appointee: Click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gabriel Gomez on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Kerry on Tax Reform
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 37 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • Abolishing state income tax would be calamitous. (Oct 2008)
  • The middle class has seen their tax burden go up under Bush. (Oct 2004)
  • Support the part of Bush’s tax cut given to the middle class. (Oct 2004)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes on earnings under $200,000. (Oct 2004)
  • More tax cut for all people earning less than the $200,000. (Oct 2004)
  • Enron received $254 million after the Bush tax cut. (Oct 2004)
  • Homeland security should come before tax cut for the wealthy. (Sep 2004)
  • Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families. (Aug 2004)
  • More tax cuts for people who make less than $200,000. (Jul 2004)
  • Keep child tax credit, and new 10% tax bracket. (Jan 2004)
  • Kerry vs. Bush on taxes is a fight we deserve to have. (Jan 2004)
  • GOP tax policy comforts the comfortable. (Oct 2003)
  • 10% bracket in Bush tax cuts was Democrats’ idea. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts reach 32 million in middle class. (Sep 2003)
  • We’re tired of being trickled on--Middle class tax cuts now. (Jun 2003)
  • Trade a tax cut for the huge cuts in student loans. (Sep 1996)
  • They’re not Bush tax cuts, they’re Democrat tax cuts. (Oct 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: No, Kerry did not vote 350 times to raise taxes. (Oct 2004)
  • I supported or voted for tax cuts over 600 times. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 14% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ed Markey on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Higher-income people should pay their fair share of taxes. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Elizabeth Warren on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Stop protecting loopholes for millionaires. (Sep 2012)
  • End tax breaks to the already-rich and already-powerful. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)

House:


Michael Capuano on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Katherine Clark on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Keating on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 9): Click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Joe Kennedy III on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • Tax system where everyone pays fair share. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Jim McGovern on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Richard Neal on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
John Tierney on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 24% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Niki Tsongas on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Niki Tsongas on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Bob Massie on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Setti Warren on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barney Frank on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 26% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Steve Lynch on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ed Markey on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey on other issues.
  • Higher-income people should pay their fair share of taxes. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
John Olver on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Olver on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Tom Birmingham on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
  • $500 million tax cut for all taxpayers. (Nov 2001)
  • $750 tax credit for senior housing. (Nov 2001)
Paul Celucci on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Chris Gabrieli on Tax Reform
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
  • Cut the income tax AND cut property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports responsibly rolling taxes back to 5.0%. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports tax rollback, but fought it in the past. (May 2006)
Steve Grossman on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
  • Fund health care with greater cigarette tax. (Feb 2002)
  • Supports income tax rollback. (Feb 2002)
Kerry Healey on Tax Reform
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
  • Avoid property tax increases by reducing waste. (Sep 2006)
  • Failure to roll back taxes cost people $2 billion since 2000. (Sep 2006)
  • More local aid, to keep property taxes low. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes local meals tax and local-option taxes. (Jun 2006)
  • Immediately roll back the state income tax to 5%. (Apr 2006)
Carla Howell on Tax Reform
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
  • Ending income tax gives average taxpayer $10,000 annually. (Sep 2000)
  • Abolishing income tax enriches communities & families. (Sep 2000)
  • End the income tax; small govt doesn’t need it. (Jan 2000)
Christy Mihos on Tax Reform
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
  • Get money out of Beacon Hill and back to cities & towns. (Sep 2006)
  • Roll back taxes but restore local aid. (Sep 2006)
  • Cap property tax; increase local aid. (Jul 2006)
  • Roll back state income tax from 5.3% to 5%. (Jul 2006)
  • Set aside 40% of state revenue for local aid. (Jun 2006)
  • Constant property taxes until property is sold. (Jun 2006)
  • Cut the income tax to five percent. (Sep 2005)
Shannon O'Brien on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
  • 3% investment tax credit should be permanent. (Feb 2002)
Robert Reich on Tax Reform
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Estate tax pushes tax policy in regressive direction. (Apr 2011)
  • Property tax & sales tax shouldn't replace income tax. (Apr 2011)
  • Bush tax cuts for rich are bad for the economy. (Jun 2008)
  • Postpone state tax cut. (Apr 2002)
  • Avoid raising taxes, but a pledge is irresponsible. (Feb 2002)
  • Tax system must be fair without big breaks for business. (Jan 2002)
  • Ask rich to bear the burden before cutting education. (Jan 2002)
  • No tax cut. Period. (May 2001)
  • Expand EITC & raise bottom of SSI tax, as tax cut to poor. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes marriage penalty bill: It’s a tax cut to the wealthy. (Feb 2000)
  • Consider tax breaks for hiring & retaining workers. (Jul 1998)
  • Deficit reduction must include investments and growth. (Jun 1994)
Tom Reilly on Tax Reform
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
  • No right to ignore will of the voters on income tax rollback. (Sep 2006)
  • Lift lottery fund cap to increase local aid. (Jun 2006)
  • Rollback taxes to 5.0% to keep promise to voters. (May 2006)
  • Disallow cities to raise local meals taxes-no more burden. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Tax Reform
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 32 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Limit the number of tax deductions for everyone with a cap. (Oct 2012)
  • We need to cut taxes and reduce regulations for businesses. (Oct 2012)
  • I am not proposing a $5T tax cut for the rich. (Oct 2012)
  • To close loopholes: Perhaps allow any deductions up to $25K. (Oct 2012)
  • Reduce top income tax from 35% to 25%. (Jan 2012)
  • 2002: refused to sign gimmicky "no new taxes" pledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Tax rate flatter & simpler but still progressive for now. (Nov 2011)
  • I don't want to raise taxes in the middle of a recession. (Nov 2011)
  • Rich are doing fine; Poor have safety net; Middle needs help. (Oct 2011)
  • $200,000 income threshold for no interest & dividend tax. (Sep 2011)
  • FairTax is structured poorly against the middle class. (Sep 2011)
  • Eliminate taxes on dividends & interest but not via FairTax. (Mar 2010)
  • Fees are appropriate for the government to provide services. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the Bush tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Never opposed 2003 Bush cuts, but never supported. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families. (Dec 2007)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; Dems pledge to raise taxes. (Sep 2007)
  • Death tax just doesn’t make sense. (Aug 2007)
  • Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002. (May 2007)
  • End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains. (May 2007)
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)

    Massachusetts

  • 1996: flat tax is unfair to the middle class. (Nov 2011)
  • I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor. (Aug 2011)
  • Raised MA taxes by 5%, via $700M in fees. (Nov 2008)
  • Raised service fees like highway ads, from $200 to $2,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised $240M in MA fees, but only covering cost of services. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees. (May 2007)
Grace Ross on Tax Reform
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
  • We don’t have enough income tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback kills cities via property tax increase of 35%. (Sep 2006)
  • Tax rollback gives middle class $100s, but $100,000s to rich. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes papital gains tax rebate. (Jul 2006)
  • Postpone reduction of income tax to 5%. (Jul 2006)
  • Make taxes progressive. (Jun 2006)
Jane Swift on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Warren Tolman on Tax Reform
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Weld on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1991-1997): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • 1990s: Produced nine tax cuts as governor of Tax-achussets. (Nov 2005)
Peter Blute on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Chase on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
  • Make estate tax repeal & Bush tax cuts permanent. (Sep 2006)
Joe Kennedy on Tax Reform
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marty Meehan on Tax Reform
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan on other issues.
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Joe Moakley on Tax Reform
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Peter Torkildsen on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Jeff Beatty on Tax Reform
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
  • Abolishing state income tax would act as economic stimulus. (Oct 2008)
  • When taxes are cut, you get more take home pay. (May 2008)
Michael Capuano on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Bill Delahunt on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 24% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ted Kennedy on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Paul Kirk on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
  • Supports FairTax Plan and decreasing taxes. (Feb 2006)
Ed O`Reilly on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ogonowski on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
  • Make Bush tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2008)
Stephen Pagliuca on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Job Focused Tax Reform: incentives, training, & funding. (Nov 2009)
  • Raise federal capital gains tax should from 15% to 20%. (Nov 2009)
Jack Robinson on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Kevin Scott on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
  • Supports flat tax and cutting top rate from 39% to 17%. (Dec 2005)
  • Simplifying taxes would save $194B annually. (Dec 2005)
Bob Underwood on Tax Reform
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • Lower all taxes by reducing government. (Aug 2008)
Martha Coakley on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Nominee: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Bush tax cuts favor wealthy Americans. (Jan 2010)
  • AdWatch: Get taxes up from more employment, not tax increase. (Jan 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts for the lowest four tax brackets. (Jan 2010)
  • Some taxes are investments like for infrastructure & schools. (Jan 2010)
  • Consider a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge. (Dec 2009)
Joe L. Kennedy on Tax Reform
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Alan Khazei on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
  • Supports a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge. (Dec 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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