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Gary Herbert on Tax Reform
Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gary Herbert on other issues.
  • Don't stifle citizens & businesses with new tax burdens. (Jan 2010)

Senate:

UT 2012: 2012 Utah Senate Debates


Orrin Hatch on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator (UT): Click here for 32 full quotes OR click here for Orrin Hatch on other issues.
  • It will take political experience to reform the tax code. (Jan 2000)
  • Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Day Two Agenda: Tax Reform. (Dec 1999)
  • High taxes protect government bureaucracy. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax sales instead of income & savings. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports flat tax, but prefers “starting over”. (Oct 1999)
  • Get rid of the entire IRS code and the IRS itself. (Oct 1999)
  • Surplus means taxpayers paid too much -- so give it back. (Jul 1999)
  • Estate tax hurts Great Aunt Edna, not the wealthy. (Jul 1999)
  • Cutting capital gains helps most Americans, not just rich. (Jul 1999)
  • $792B is about Congress being a kid in a candy store. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports permanent research tax credit. (Mar 1999)
  • 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)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Lee on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mike Lee on other issues.
  • Taxes are necessary but inherently impinge on liberty. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports the FairTax and the flat tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)

House:


Rob Bishop on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (UT-1): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Rob Bishop 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)
  • Rated 65% 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)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Jim Matheson on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (UT-2): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jim Matheson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 30% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Chris Stewart on Tax Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Stewart on other issues.
  • Just three rates: 10%, 15% and 25%. (Nov 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rocky Anderson on Tax Reform
Justice Party challenger for President: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rocky Anderson on other issues.
  • Big tax cuts just cause more record deficits. (Oct 2012)
  • Strongly supports progressive taxation. (Feb 2012)
  • Massive tax favors to the very wealthiest is an obscenity. (Dec 2011)
Jon Huntsman on Tax Reform
Republican UT Governor: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jon Huntsman on other issues.
  • Rip out $1.1T in loopholes from the corrupt tax code. (Jan 2012)
  • Individual tax rates: 8%, 14%, 24%; corporate rate: 25%. (Sep 2011)
  • Eliminate loopholes & make code flatter & simpler. (Sep 2011)
  • Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Created UT flat tax;but only top rate got 30% cut. (Jul 2011)
  • Pro-business agenda, including targeted tax cuts. (Jan 2011)
  • Historically high tax burden is now below national average. (Jan 2008)
  • Removed half of the sales tax on food. (Jan 2007)
  • Restructure taxes to be more business-friendly. (Nov 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Pete Ashdown on Tax Reform
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pete Ashdown on other issues.
  • Supports flat tax starting at $20,000 in income. (Jun 2006)
Jason Chaffetz on Tax Reform
2012 Senate Challenger; Republicam House member (UT-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jason Chaffetz on other issues.
  • Signed the taxpayer protection pledge: no increases. (Nov 2008)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (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)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Scott Howell on Tax Reform
2000 Democratic Challenger for Senate (UT): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott Howell on other issues.
  • Increase tax on high earners; decrease tax on low earners. (Nov 2000)
Dan Liljenquist on Tax Reform
Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dan Liljenquist on other issues.
  • Broaden the base; prefer FairTax. (May 2012)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
Jason Chaffetz on Tax Reform
2012 Senate Challenger; Republicam House member (UT-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jason Chaffetz on other issues.
  • Signed the taxpayer protection pledge: no increases. (Nov 2008)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (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)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Leavitt-Gov on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1993-2003); Sec. HHS & EPA: Click here for Mike Leavitt-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Olene Walker on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (2003-2004): Click here for Olene Walker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Merrill Cook on Tax Reform
2010 Republican challenger (lost primary): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Merrill Cook 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)
Merrill Cook on Tax Reform
Former Republican (until 2001) (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Merrill Cook 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)
Paul Van Dam on Tax Reform
2004 former Democratic challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Paul Van Dam on other issues.
  • The wealthiest pay a lot of taxes. (Oct 2004)
  • Most tax cuts are by and for the economic elite. (Aug 2004)
Enid Waldholtz on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Enid Waldholtz on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Robert Bennett on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator (UT): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Robert Bennett on other issues.
  • Biggest tax burden already falls on the wealthiest 1%. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 73% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Sam Granato on Tax Reform
2010 Democratic challenger: Click here for Sam Granato on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Hansen on Tax Reform
Republican (District 1): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for James Hansen on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Chris Cannon on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (UT-3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Chris Cannon 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 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 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 70% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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