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Peter Shumlin on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Shumlin on other issues.
  • Eliminate loopholes, pass progressive taxes. (Sep 2011)
  • Raise state budget reserve from 5% to 8%, for tough times. (Jan 2011)

Senate:

VT 2012: 2012 Vermont Senate Debates


Patrick Leahy on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (VT): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Leahy 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 18% 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)
John MacGovern on Tax Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John MacGovern on other issues.
  • Lower individual and corporate tax rates. (Aug 2012)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Bernie Sanders on Tax Reform
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich. (Jun 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% 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)

House:


Peter Welch on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Peter Welch on other issues.
  • Tax cuts to wealthiest 1% are irresponsible. (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)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Feb 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Howard Dean-Gov on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Governor (2005-2008); pres. candidate 2004: Click here for Howard Dean-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Douglas on Tax Reform
Republican VT Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jim Douglas on other issues.
  • Reduced property tax rate by 7 cents. (Nov 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Jim Jeffords on Tax Reform
Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jim Jeffords on other issues.
  • $1 trillion is right size for tax cut; Bush is too high. (Feb 2001)
  • 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 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 NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jack McMullen on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack McMullen on other issues.
  • The Bush tax cuts are working. (May 2004)
  • Do not repeal tax cuts: they was working. (Dec 2003)
Len Britton on Tax Reform
2010 Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Len Britton on other issues.
  • Favors flat tax, but keep lower income tax too. (Jul 2010)
Larry Drown on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger: Click here for Larry Drown on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Daniel Freilich on Tax Reform
2010 Independent Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Daniel Freilich on other issues.
  • Make taxes more progressive. (Mar 2010)
Greg Parke on Tax Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Greg Parke on other issues.
  • Completely eliminate federal estate tax. (Jun 2006)
  • Let people take care of their own hard earned money. (Jan 2006)
Richard Tarrant on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Richard Tarrant on other issues.
  • Raise the estate tax exemption but donít eliminate it. (Jun 2006)
  • Extend capital gains and dividend tax cuts. (Jun 2006)
Bernie Sanders on Tax Reform
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich. (Jun 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% 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)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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