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Terry Branstad on Tax Reform
Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Terry Branstad on other issues.
  • Reduce commercial & residential property tax. (Jun 2011)

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Bruce Braley on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Braley on other issues.
  • Roll Back the Bush Tax Cut for Millionaires. (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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Jun 2012)
Sam Clovis on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sam Clovis on other issues.
  • Transition from personal income tax system to a FairTax. (Nov 2013)
Joni Ernst on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joni Ernst on other issues.
  • Passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history. (Oct 2013)
  • IRS is a predatory, bureaucratic, out-of-control disaster. (Sep 2013)
Chuck Grassley on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (IA): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Chuck Grassley on other issues.
  • Voted NO 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 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Matthew Whitaker on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matthew Whitaker on other issues.
  • Taxes are too high and the tax code is too complex. (Sep 2013)

House:


Leonard Boswell on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (IA-3): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Leonard Boswell 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)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 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 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Bruce Braley on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Braley on other issues.
  • Roll Back the Bush Tax Cut for Millionaires. (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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Jun 2012)
Steve King on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IA-5): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Steve King on other issues.
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Tom Latham on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (IA-4): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Tom Latham on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES 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 "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 57% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
David Loebsack on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for David Loebsack on other issues.
  • Donít repeal the estate tax; do repeal Bush 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)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Chet Culver on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Chet Culver on other issues.
  • Close corporate tax loopholes for property tax relief. (Jan 2007)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Tom Vilsack on Tax Reform
Democratic IA Governor: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Tom Vilsack on other issues.
  • GOP tax cuts & deregulation hurt middle-class families. (Sep 2012)
  • Embraces middle-class tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • Support growth measure but not accompanying tax cuts. (Jun 2004)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Tom Harkin on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (IA): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Tom Harkin 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 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 75% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Greg Ganske on Tax Reform
Former Republican Nominee (2002): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Greg Ganske on other issues.
  • 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 YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jim Lightfoot on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Lightfoot on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Daryl Northrop on Tax Reform
2004 former Green challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Daryl Northrop on other issues.
  • Keep estate tax and dividends tax. (Oct 2004)
Art Small on Tax Reform
2004 former Democratic challenger; previously State Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Art Small on other issues.
  • Eliminate Bush tax cuts and tax breaks for special interests. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax cuts drove up other government expenses. (Apr 2004)
  • Bush tax cuts mostly benefited the wealthy. (Apr 2004)
  • Tax cuts have short-term benefit and long-term costs. (Jan 2004)
Roxanne Conlin on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic Challenger: Click here for Roxanne Conlin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
George Eichhorn on Tax Reform
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for George Eichhorn on other issues.
  • Lower taxes and burdens that limit economic growth. (May 2008)
  • Abolish the death tax and the marriage penalty. (May 2008)
Greg Ganske on Tax Reform
Republican (District 4): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Greg Ganske on other issues.
  • 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 YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jim Leach on Tax Reform
Republican (District 1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jim Leach on other issues.
  • 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 permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 39% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jim Nussle on Tax Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jim Nussle on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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 YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Steven Rathje on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steven Rathje on other issues.
  • Make Tax Cuts Permanent. (Mar 2008)
  • End the Death Tax. (Mar 2008)
Christopher Reed on Tax Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Reed on other issues.
  • Lower taxes means increased revenue, via the Laffer curve. (Jun 2008)
  • Taking back the current tax cuts is bad for America. (Jun 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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