In public appearances, Heitkamp has detailed her objections to a budget-cutting plan offered by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which potential GOP Senate rival Rick Berg has supported. Ryan's blueprint would reduce tax rates, including those for high-income Americans, and end guaranteed Medicare benefits for younger people once they reach retirement age, Heitkamp said.
It suggests ending some tax breaks, without being specific, Heitkamp said. "None of these (budget plans) are detailed. The problem is, they're all political documents. They're not real budgets. That needs to end, and we need to have a discussion," Heitkamp said. "I will tell you specifically what I think in the budget can work and what can't work."
I signed into law House Bill 1047, legislation that provides nearly $500 million in property tax relief and income tax relief during the 2011-2013 biennium.
|2012 Presidential contenders on Tax Reform:|
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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