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Steve Beshear on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steve Beshear on other issues.
  • Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases. (Feb 2011)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

Senate:

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Matt Bevin on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matt Bevin on other issues.
  • Higher taxes mean fewer private sector jobs. (Oct 2013)
Alison Grimes on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alison Grimes on other issues.
  • Close tax loopholes for wealthy to pay for college loans. (Jun 2014)
Mitch McConnell on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (KY): Click here for 23 full quotes OR click here for Mitch McConnell on other issues.
  • Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral. (Jul 2013)
  • 1977 AdWatch: Horse Sense understands when tax cuts are real. (Sep 2010)
  • Resolve to lower capital gains taxes. (Aug 2008)
  • 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 76% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rand Paul on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Economic growth comes when we lower taxes for everyone. (Jan 2014)
  • Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposed to increasing taxes during recession. (Feb 2011)
  • Joe Taxpayer gets stuck with the bill for budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

House:


Andy Barr on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Andy Barr on other issues.
  • Decrease marginal rates, death tax, and capital gains tax. (Nov 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
  • Repeal the death tax, immediately and with no expiration. (Feb 2013)
Ben Chandler on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (KY-6): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Ben Chandler 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 33% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Brett Guthrie on Tax Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Brett Guthrie on other issues.
  • Make permanent the Bush tax cuts. (Nov 2008)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Thomas Massie on Tax Reform
Republican (District 4): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Massie on other issues.
  • Current tax system punishes achievement. (Nov 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
Hal Rogers on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (KY-5): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Hal Rogers 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 $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)
  • Rated 60% 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)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Repeal the death tax, immediately and with no expiration. (Jan 2013)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Ed Whitfield on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (KY-1): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Ed Whitfield 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 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)
  • Rated 60% 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)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal the death tax, immediately and with no expiration. (Feb 2013)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
John Yarmuth on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Yarmuth 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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Geoff Davis on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (KY-4): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Geoff Davis on other issues.
  • Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2004)
  • 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)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Ernie Fletcher on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (2003-2007): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Ernie Fletcher on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Paul Patton on Tax Reform
Former Democrat Governor (1995-2003): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Paul Patton on other issues.
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Wendell Ford on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Wendell Ford on other issues.
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Ken Lucas on Tax Reform
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 4): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Ken Lucas on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 34% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Dan Mongiardo on Tax Reform
2010 Dem. Challenger (lost primary); currently Lt. Gov.: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Mongiardo on other issues.
  • Help middle-class instead of trickle-down. (Oct 2004)
Scotty Baesler on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 6): Click here for Scotty Baesler on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Buckmaster on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic Challenger (lost primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Buckmaster on other issues.
  • Reward people for their success; don't spread the wealth. (Jan 2010)
Jim Bunning on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator (KY): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Jim Bunning 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 YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 73% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Jack Conway on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; formerly Attorney General: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jack Conway on other issues.
  • Keep Bush tax cuts during recession. (Oct 2010)
  • Every child born owes $38,000 of national debt. (Aug 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts for 5 to 10 more years. (Aug 2010)
Greg Fischer on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for Greg Fischer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ernie Fletcher on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Ernie Fletcher on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Trey Grayson on Tax Reform
Republican 2010 Senate Challenger; Secretary of State: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Trey Grayson on other issues.
  • Make recent tax cuts permanent. (Dec 2009)
Ron Lewis on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (KY-2): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Ron Lewis 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 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)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Bruce Lunsford on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Lunsford on other issues.
  • Eliminate the capital gains tax. (Aug 2008)
  • Let Bush tax cuts for top income brackets expire. (May 2008)
Anne Meagher Northup on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Anne Meagher Northup 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 55% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Lois Combs Weinberg on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger (KY): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Lois Combs Weinberg on other issues.
  • Limit tax breaks for the rich. (Oct 2002)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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