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Dave Heineman on Tax Reform
Republican NE Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Dave Heineman on other issues.
  • Eliminated sales tax exemptions, to eliminate income tax. (Jan 2013)
  • To build economy: no new taxes. (May 2011)
  • I will continue to lower taxes. (Nov 2006)

Senate:

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Deb Fischer on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Deb Fischer on other issues.
  • Voted for the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history. (May 2012)
  • No increase in local property taxes. (May 2012)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
Ben Nelson on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (NE): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Ben Nelson on other issues.
  • Supports making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 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 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)
  • Rated 42% 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)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Shane Osborn on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Shane Osborn on other issues.
  • Cut taxes; reduce spending; Balanced Budget. (Oct 2013)
Ben Sasse on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ben Sasse on other issues.
  • Taxation should be as simple as possible. (Nov 2013)

House:


Jeff Fortenberry on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (NE-1): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Fortenberry on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Marriage Tax and the Death Tax. (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)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Adrian Smith on Tax Reform
Republican: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Adrian Smith 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)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Lee Terry on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (NE-2): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Lee Terry 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 68% 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)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Johanns on Tax Reform
Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mike Johanns on other issues.
  • No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • As governor I opposed higher taxes; will do same in Senate. (Mar 2008)
  • $60M in property tax relief over next two years. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Jon Bruning on Tax Reform
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jon Bruning on other issues.
  • Federal government taxes too much & listens too little. (Jul 2011)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
Pat Flynn on Tax Reform
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pat Flynn on other issues.
  • Replace IRS with the FairTax. (Jul 2011)
Mike Johanns on Tax Reform
Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mike Johanns on other issues.
  • No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • As governor I opposed higher taxes; will do same in Senate. (Mar 2008)
  • $60M in property tax relief over next two years. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Bob Kerrey on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger (previously Senator): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bob Kerrey on other issues.
  • Support the Buffett rule: lower tax on wages. (Aug 2012)
  • Voted YES 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)
Don Stenberg on Tax Reform
Republican Senate challenger (NE): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Don Stenberg on other issues.
  • Fight for no new taxes & to extend Bush tax cuts. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
Doug Bereuter on Tax Reform
Republican (Until 2004) (District 1): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Doug Bereuter 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)
  • Rated 53% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Jon Christensen on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jon Christensen on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Jim Exon on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for Jim Exon on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Charlie Matulka on Tax Reform
2002 Democratic Senate Challenger (NE): Click here for Charlie Matulka on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Barrett on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Barrett on other issues.
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Chuck Hagel on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (NE): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Chuck Hagel 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 78% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Scott Kleeb on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Scott Kleeb on other issues.
  • Supports $1B in tax funds for research on celluosic ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • Keep middle-class out of AMT, estate tax, and capital gains. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax relief for middle class families. (May 2008)
  • Simplify the tax code. (May 2008)
  • Balance tax cuts with need to bring deficit under control. (May 2008)
Steven Larrick on Tax Reform
Green Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Steven Larrick on other issues.
  • We need a more progressive income tax. (Oct 2008)
Tom Osborne on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Tom Osborne on other issues.
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 59% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Tony Raimondo on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tony Raimondo on other issues.
  • Continue most of President Bush’s tax cuts. (May 2008)
Peter Ricketts on Tax Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Ricketts on other issues.
  • Supports line-item veto and fair & simple taxes. (Feb 2006)
  • Death tax is based on jealousy of high achievement. (Feb 2006)
David Kramer on Tax Reform
Republican challenger, state party chair (lost May primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Kramer on other issues.
  • Make President Bush’s tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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