State of Minnesota Archives: on Tax Reform


John Walsh: Tax cuts for the wealthy only seek to preserve privilege

Sen. John Walsh leveled his strongest attack yet against his likely challenger, Republican Steve Daines, calling Daines the purveyor of a "cruel ideology" that "only seeks to preserve privilege."

Walsh, speaking to the annual Democratic Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena Saturday evening, slammed Daines for votes to "privatize Medicare," cut tax rates for the wealthy, shut down the federal government last October and cut food stamps.

But Walsh saved his sharpest words for Daines, who national Republicans consider as one of their best chances to pick up a Democratic-held seat in the U.S. Senate.

He pointed to Daines' 2013 vote for the proposed House Republican budget, which would have converted Medicare to a system of subsidies to help the elderly buy private insurance or traditional Medicare, as well as reduced tax rates for the wealthy and most taxpayers.

Source: Ravalli Republic on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 9, 2014

Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases

McFadden has started to flesh out his positions on top issues. He takes a traditional Republican line on some, saying he wouldn't vote for tax increases and lining himself up as against abortion rights.

But he steered a middle course on some hot-button issues. On immigration, McFadden said any changes to immigration law would have to start with securing U.S. borders, but said he isn't opposed to finding a way for millions of immigrants now here illegally to obtain citizenship.

Source: CBS Minnesota WCCO on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 23, 2013

Tim Pawlenty: Get Minnesota out of the top ten states in taxes

It's plainly obvious that Minnesota's tax system is not even close to competitive. We've made some progress by achieving a decades-long goal of getting Minnesota out of the top ten states in taxes. We've dramatically slowed down state government spending And even in this economy, we've seen Minnesota's GDP grow more than 25% during my time in office. While our unemployment rate is too high, it's significantly below the national average.
Source: Minnesota 2010 State of the State Address Feb 11, 2010

Amy Klobuchar: Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year

KENNEDY: Ms. Klobucharís $1.5 trillion increase in taxes would be devastating for the economy and would kill jobs.

KLOBUCHAR: This Congress has taken a $200 billion budget surplus and turned it into a $250 billion budget deficit. One out of 12 federal tax dollars that you pay goes to interest on that debt. We need to roll back the Bush tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year. Thatís the top 1%; that brings in $56 billion a year. Closing the tax shelters, $70 billion a year; taking back the oil giveaways, that balances the budget. We canít keep living on a credit card.

KENNEDY: If you look at her tax proposal of $1.5 trillion, the top 1% only covers about a third of that. When someone like Ms. Klobuchar says she wants to tax the rich, the middle class gets drenched.

KLOBUCHAR: The proposals Iíve made does not change the tax cut for the middle class, in fact it adds tax cuts for the middle class. Weíre going to pay for it by rolling back the tax cut on those in the top 1%.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Tax relief promotes job growth

Q: Which taxes should be made permanent, and which should be allowed to expire?

KENNEDY: The solution is to focus on the spending side. How do we control spending so we can keep taxes low and keep growing jobs? Ms. Klobucharís $1.5 trillion increase in taxes would be devastating for the economy and would kill jobs. We ought to continue with the tax relief that helps to promote that job growth.

KLOBUCHAR: We need to roll back the Bush tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year.

KENNEDY: If you look at her tax proposal of $1.5 trillion, the top 1% only covers about a third of that. When someone like Ms. Klobuchar says she wants to tax the rich, the middle class gets drenched.

KLOBUCHAR: The proposals Iíve made does not change the tax cut for the middle class, in fact it adds tax cuts for the middle class. Weíre going to pay for it by rolling back the tax cut on those in the top 1%.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Bush tax cuts will be paid for by young people in the future

Q: Which taxes should be made permanent, and which should be allowed to expire?

KENNEDY: We ought to continue with the tax relief that helps to promote that job growth.

FITZGERALD: The Bush tax cuts are set to expire on a schedule set forth by Republicans. Weíre in a war. You do not have tax cuts when youíre running $300 billion deficits. You have tax deferments, which falls on the backs of young people and young families, who are going to have to pay off this debt. That impedes their ability to earn and to pay for their retirement. I do not support extending the Bush tax cuts.

KLOBUCHAR: We need to roll back the Bush tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year. Thatís the top 1%; that brings in $56 billion a year.

FITZGERALD: The tax code is incentivized by those who can afford to cheat, shirk, and duck their tax responsibility. We need to have clear and concise legislation on our tax policy, which we donít have right now.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Norm Coleman: Clinton tax increases failed to create jobs

Q: Do you favor extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?

A: I have to respond to Senator Wellstoneís comments. The economic plan heís talking about was the Clinton tax increase in 1993. And I think itís absolutely outrageous to somehow lay claim that 18,000 jobs were grown in St. Paul because Bill Clinton raised taxes.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Senatorial debates Oct 21, 2002

Norm Coleman: Permanently repeal the estate tax

On the controversial estate tax, Coleman said he favors a permanent repeal.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Aug 30, 2002

Norm Coleman: Wrong, wrong, wrong to not topple Saddam in 1991

Coleman said Bush needs to make a case for war to the nation, in much the same way Kennedy spelled out his administrationís position during the Cuban missile crisis. And Coleman, whoís long been critical of Wellstoneís record on defense, said Wellstone should have supported the initial invasion of Iraq. ďThe senator was wrong, wrong, wrong in the first Gulf War when he opposed U.S. involvement and opposed going after Saddam Hussein. We should have gone after him then. That was a mistake,Ē Coleman said.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Aug 30, 2002

Mark Dayton: Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich

I believe in tax cuts targeted to the middle class and I oppose a massive tax cut for the rich. We should use our surplus for targeted tax cuts for working people and to pay down our national debt. Examples of targeted tax cuts include: expanding child tax credits to $1,000 per child, increasing the childcare and dependant tax credit to 50% and, providing for tax deductions for college tuition expenses, including room and board.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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