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Eliot Cutler on Tax Reform
Independent Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Eliot Cutler on other issues.
  • Property tax and sales tax are regressive. (Dec 2013)
  • Shift burden from property tax as part of strategic reform. (Oct 2013)
Paul LePage on Tax Reform
Republican Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Paul LePage on other issues.
  • End marriage penalty; increase personal exemptions. (Feb 2011)
  • Reduce Maine's excessive tax burden. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Michael Michaud on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (ME-2): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Michael Michaud 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (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)

Senate:

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Shenna Bellows on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Shenna Bellows on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Susan Collins on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator (ME): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Susan Collins on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Scott D`Amboise on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott D`Amboise on other issues.
  • Advocate "live within your means" tax reforms. (Jul 2011)
Cynthia Dill on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Cynthia Dill on other issues.
  • Require the wealthy to pay their fair share. (Jun 2012)
Olympia Snowe on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (ME): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Olympia Snowe on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 52% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 40% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Charlie Summers on Tax Reform
Secretary of State; Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Charlie Summers on other issues.
  • Cut taxes and government spending. (Mar 2012)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)

House:


Michael Michaud on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (ME-2): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Michael Michaud 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (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)
Chellie Pingree on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (ME-1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chellie Pingree on other issues.
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts; close tax loopholes. (Nov 2008)
  • Close corporate tax loopholes. (Sep 2002)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


John Baldacci on Tax Reform
Democratic ME Governor; previously Rep. (ME-2): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Baldacci on other issues.
  • 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)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Matt Dunlap on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matt Dunlap on other issues.
  • Lower middle class taxes; remove fat cat tax breaks. (Mar 2012)
Angus King on Tax Reform
Independent Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Angus King on other issues.
  • 73,000 pages of tax code is too much. (Sep 2012)
  • Decrease income taxes, but no flat tax. (Nov 1998)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Angus King on Tax Reform
Former Independent Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Angus King on other issues.
  • 73,000 pages of tax code is too much. (Sep 2012)
  • Decrease income taxes, but no flat tax. (Nov 1998)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Tom Allen on Tax Reform
2008 Senate challenger; Democratic Representative (ME-1): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Tom Allen on other issues.
  • Restore PayGo rules; undo 2001 & 2003 tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Tom Allen on Tax Reform
2008 Senate challenger; Democratic Representative (ME-1): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Tom Allen on other issues.
  • Restore PayGo rules; undo 2001 & 2003 tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
William Cohen on Tax Reform
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for William Cohen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Longley on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Longley on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Jean Hay Bright on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jean Hay Bright on other issues.
  • Opposes decreasing overall taxation of the wealthy. (Dec 2005)
  • Repealing estate tax shifts burden to working class. (Sep 2005)
Eric Mehnert on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Eric Mehnert on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chellie Pingree on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (ME-1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chellie Pingree on other issues.
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts; close tax loopholes. (Nov 2008)
  • Close corporate tax loopholes. (Sep 2002)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
John Baldacci on Tax Reform
Democratic ME Governor; previously Rep. (ME-2): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Baldacci on other issues.
  • 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)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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