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Neil Abercrombie on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor; previously Representative (HI-1): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Neil Abercrombie on other issues.
  • Add alcohol & soft drink tax; repeal state tax deduction. (Jan 2011)
  • 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 YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Duke Aiona on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Duke Aiona on other issues.
  • Shift taxes from low-income families to higher-income. (Nov 2010)
David Ige on Tax Reform
Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Ige on other issues.
  • State must operate within its means instead of raising taxes. (Aug 2014)

Senate:

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Daniel Akaka on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (HI): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Daniel Akaka on other issues.
  • The Bush tax cuts helped the richest, not those in need. (Aug 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 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 16% 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)
Colleen Hanabusa on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Colleen Hanabusa on other issues.
  • Opposes flat-rate federal tax; supports increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
Mazie Hirono on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger; Representative (HI-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Mazie Hirono on other issues.
  • Eliminate tax breaks for the richest 2%. (Nov 2006)
  • Tax policy to spur growth. (Sep 2002)
  • 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. (Apr 2012)
Daniel Inouye on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (HI): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Daniel Inouye 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)
  • Rated 12% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Linda Lingle on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (HI): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Linda Lingle on other issues.
  • Simplify & bring down tax rate; then we'll collect more. (Mar 2012)
  • Pushed for substantial and permanent tax relief. (Nov 2006)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Eddie Pirkowski on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Eddie Pirkowski on other issues.
  • Eliminate all state taxes to zero. (Jun 2012)
  • 13% flat tax for all, zero business and estate taxes. (Jun 2012)
Brian Schatz on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator Appointee: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brian Schatz on other issues.
  • Use tax surplus to make long-term investments. (Jan 2006)
  • No state flat tax; increase sin tax & decrease sales tax. (Nov 1996)

House:


Charles Djou on Tax Reform
Republican Governor challenger (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Charles Djou on other issues.
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
Tulsi Gabbard on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Linda Lingle on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (HI): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Linda Lingle on other issues.
  • Simplify & bring down tax rate; then we'll collect more. (Mar 2012)
  • Pushed for substantial and permanent tax relief. (Nov 2006)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Cam Cavasso on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Cam Cavasso on other issues.
  • For Fair Tax and Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports President Bush’s tax cuts. (Oct 2004)
Colleen Hanabusa on Tax Reform
Democrat (Senate run 2014) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Colleen Hanabusa on other issues.
  • Opposes flat-rate federal tax; supports increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
Mazie Hirono on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger; Representative (HI-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Mazie Hirono on other issues.
  • Eliminate tax breaks for the richest 2%. (Nov 2006)
  • Tax policy to spur growth. (Sep 2002)
  • 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. (Apr 2012)
Ben Cayetano on Tax Reform
Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ben Cayetano on other issues.
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Ed Case on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger (2006); U.S. Rep.: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ed Case on other issues.
  • Bush tax cuts unaffordable; targeted middle-class cuts ok. (Aug 2006)
  • 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)
  • Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Neil Abercrombie on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor; previously Representative (HI-1): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Neil Abercrombie on other issues.
  • Add alcohol & soft drink tax; repeal state tax deduction. (Jan 2011)
  • 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 YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ed Case on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ed Case on other issues.
  • Bush tax cuts unaffordable; targeted middle-class cuts ok. (Aug 2006)
  • 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)
  • Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Patsy Mink on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Patsy Mink on other issues.
  • 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 YES 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)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Cynthia Thielen on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Cynthia Thielen on other issues.
  • Opposed tax increase for Honolulu rail project. (Oct 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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