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George Pataki on Tax Reform

Republican NY Governor

 


In NY, I cut taxes with Dem Legislature

I would lower the tax on manufacturing to the lowest in the developed world--12 percent. My plan, the Tax Foundation said, would create five and a half million new jobs over the next decade. I will get my plan enacted because, when I was governor of New York, I passed sweeping tax cuts in a Democratic state with a Democratic legislature.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 2nd-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

Raise taxes on fat-cat hedge fund managers

I would throw out the entire corrupt tax code. What I would do is get rid of the 1.4 million every year in exemptions and loopholes, dramatically lower the rates. The normal American person is paying higher taxes than they should because of loopholes, and one of them is that carried interest loophole. I would tax that income the same as ordinary income. I'd lower the rate to 24 percent for all Americans, but I would not give a special break to the Wall Street fat cats.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Keep home mortgage deduction & charitable deductions

Q [to SANTORUM]: Jeb Bush has proposed a tax reform plan, and in it, he limits deductions, including the popular home mortgage deduction. Would you?

SANTORUM: [My 20/20 plan] eliminates all the deductions and special interest provisions.

Q [to PATAKI]: Would you also be for doing away with people's deductions for their mortgages.

PATAKI: No, I would not. I would keep that deduction. I would keep the home mortgage deduction, the charitable deduction, and others.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Throw out incomprehensible tax code: simpler, lower rates

We do this and small businesses will thrive. We will make things and build things here in America again. We will create and innovate. Jobs will flourish and peoples' faith in America's future will soar. Some say this can't be done. That the course of history leads inexorably towards bigger, more expensive, more powerful government. Don't you believe that for a second.
Source: 2016 presidential campaign website: Announcement speech , May 28, 2015

Eliminate the marriage penalty & cut taxes

First, let's strengthen families and create jobs by lowering the burden taxes place on New Yorkers. We've proven time and again how tax cuts create the financial freedom that yields even greater opportunities for New York's citizens.

If our goal is to position New York State to thrive in the face of evolving global competition, our fight to cut taxes must continue. This year, I will send to you a pro-family tax cut program--a series of measures that will reduce the tax burden on working families, stimulate the economy and foster the competitiveness that will attract even more investment and jobs to New York. Let's completely eliminate the marriage penalty to encourage rather than penalize marriage in New York State.

Source: State of the State address to 2006 New York Legislature , Jan 4, 2006

Phase out estate and gift taxes

[In his first term, Pataki] called for a three-year phaseout of estate and gift taxes, which send many affluent New Yorkers to Florida; he pushed his STAR school tax relief plan to rebate taxes and give more aid to schools. He stayed aloof from Senate President Joseph Brunoís crusade to end state-wide rent controls, brokering a compromise which left controls intact in Manhattan.
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics , Jul 6, 2000

No national sales tax or VAT.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy Statement EC-9 00-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2000

Let states independently determine estate taxes.

Pataki adopted a letter to Congressional leaders from 37 Governors:

We are writing to request equal treatment between states and the federal government on estate tax changes. Regardless of oneís view about phasing out the federal estate tax, the Governors are absolutely united in opposing any action that would discriminate against states in the phase-out of the state and federal estate taxes. This issue needs to be addressed before the Senate goes to conference with the House.

Governors believe that the ability of states to independently determine their own tax revenue policy is a basic tenet of federalism. Moreover, no federal tax bill should be enacted without close consultation with the states.

At the very least, there must be equity in the treatment of the state death tax credit in the tax bill the Congress considers with the proposed phase-out of the federal estate tax. Governors oppose provisions that impose disproportionate impacts on state revenue systems. The changes proposed by the Senate would have abrupt, significant adverse impacts on state revenues at a particularly onerous time for many states. The potential impact on states would begin next year and have a potential impact of between $50 and $100 billion over the next ten years.

We urge the leaders to respect those rights and to restore fairness.

Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress 01-NGA19 on May 23, 2001

Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts.

Pataki adopted the Republican Main Street Partnership issue stance:

Not only has the Republican-led Congress achieved a balanced budget for the first time since 1969, but it has also created a budget surplus -- a feat not previously even imaginable. It is currently projected that the Fiscal Year 1999 budget surplus will be along the order of some $80 billion, of which $66 billion is earmarked for Social Security. This envious state of affairs would seem to indicate that equitable, far-reaching tax reductions may be in order -- not as an ideological or political strategy, but as a primary element of an economic growth policy and a legitimate tool for holding down unnecessary government growth in times of surplus.

The United States is enjoying steady economic prosperity thanks in no small measure to prudent fiscal policies implemented by the Republican-led Congress. However, we must look not only at the positive side of the economy but also at the problems the economy faces -- at the present time and into the twenty-first century. Limiting government spending (i.e., spending caps) is a good beginning to address some difficulties. In addition, current and future Congresses should maintain a balanced federal budget, pay down the national debt (which will help protect Social Security for current and future generations), redefine the federal government's role in the society and, finally, think about fair tax reductions for the American people and the businesses that drive our economy. [We need] an evaluation of implementing tax cuts based on their social fairness.

Source: Republican Main St. Partnership Issue Paper: Fiscal Policy 98-RMSP6 on Sep 9, 1998

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