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Deb Fischer on Tax Reform

 

 


Voted for the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history

The federal government doesn't have a budget problem because it taxes too little; it has a budget problem because it simply spends too much. I'm proud to have served seven years in the Nebraska Legislature balancing our state budget (as required by our state constitution) and voting for the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history. I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising not to raise taxes on individuals and businesses. I will take my budget-cutting skills to Washington and convince Congress to cut spending, not raise taxes. As Ronald Reagan showed us, reducing taxes spurs economic growth and creates private sector jobs and I will bring that philosophy to the U.S. Senate.

Our federal debt is almost $15 trillion dollars. That is just unacceptable. We simply can not continue to print money to pay our national debt. Our first priority must be to cut federal spending. We cannot tax our way to prosperity like President Obama has proposed.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, debfischer2012.com, "issues" , May 15, 2012

No increase in local property taxes

Deb Fischer said she has been a tax cutter in the Nebraska Legislature. She said new advertisements aired by one of her opponents, Attorney General Jon Bruning, mischaracterize her legislative record.

Jon Bruning's TV ad criticizes Fischer for opposing a constitutional amendment that would have placed a limit on state spending. Fischer noted that the amendment would have forced an increase in local property taxes and was rejected by Nebraska voters.

Bruning's campaign manager stood behind the ad: "The ad is 100% factual. Don Stenberg and Deb Fischer have been attacking Jon Bruning for months, and this ad sets the record straight."

Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate ad review , May 12, 2012

Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Fischer signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge against raising taxes

[The ATR, Americans for Tax Reform, run by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, ask legislators to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in each election cycle. Their self-description:]

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. Since its rollout in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts. Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Opponents' Opinion (from wikipedia.com):In Nov. 2011, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed that Congressional Republicans "are being led like puppets by Grover Norquist. They're giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, but never do they compromise on Grover Norquist. He is their leader." Since Norquist's pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as "no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell."

Source: Taxpayer Protection Pledge 12-ATR on Jan 1, 2012

Opposes increasing tax rates.

Fischer opposes the CC Voters Guide question on tax rates

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Increasing federal income tax rates"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q11a on Oct 31, 2012

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