Thomas Kean Jr. on Tax Reform

Republican challenger


No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes

Excerpts from legislation: Increases the top tax rate contingent on enactment of homestead benefit legislation. A new top marginal rate is set at 10.75% for earning over $1,000,000 (an increase from 8.97% for those earning over $500,000); lower brackets maintain the same rates. The purpose of the bill is to fund an enhanced homestead benefit, to temper the regressivity of the property tax for the bulk of NJ's property taxpayers.

Excerpts from veto message: I will not permit the State to succumb to the legislature's enduring addiction to profligate taxing and spending. I also have vetoed AB 3029, which would have increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide relief to only a subset of NJ's taxpayers. All of our taxpayers are already subject to one of the nation's highest state income tax rates. Instead, we should be lowering taxes for all New Jerseyans.

Legislative outcome:Kean voted NAY; passed House 47-31-2 & Senate 24-16-0; Vetoed by Governor

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3201 , Jun 28, 2012

Repeal the unfair Death Tax & the Marriage Penalty Tax

Q: Should recent tax changes be made permanent?

KEAN: I believe NJ residents should not pay a single penny more in taxes until we have wholesale government reform. This means making the federal tax cuts permanent. I will fight to end the Marriage Penalty Tax for good, ensure that the Alternative Minimum Tax does not entrap the middle class and repeal the unfair Death Tax that penalizes hardworking people for the achievements of a lifetime.

MENENDEZ: Tom Kean Jr’s solution is to make permanent President Bush’s tax cuts to the wealthiest 1%-of which he is one. My opponent wants to eliminate the estate tax for the wealthiest one half of 1%-of which he is one, as well. I believe in fair and fiscally responsible tax cuts. I sponsored an amendment to protect middle-class families from the alternative minimum tax. I’ve supported tax cut packages that would have provided meaningful relief to families. If the cuts are made permanent, $2 trillion will be added to our debt over the next decade.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate , Sep 2, 2006

Make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts

Tom strongly believes that working New Jersey families should be allowed to keep more of their hard earned money and is committed to keeping income tax rates low by making permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, ending the unfair Marriage Penalty tax for good, and ensuring that the Alternative Minimum Tax does not entrap middle class Americans. Tom also supports a repeal of the unfair Death Tax that penalizes hardworking Americans for the achievements of a lifetime.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.TomKean.com, “NJ Issues” , May 2, 2006

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