State of Rhode Island Archives: on Tax Reform


Barry Hinckley: Lower rates for families, lower rates for businesses

When it came to taxes, both men agreed the Country's tax code was broken. However, they differed on how to go about fixing it. "Our tax system is a nightmare right now. CVS pays a full 35 percent tax rate. But, companies like Carnival Cruises pay zero. It makes no sense," Whitehouse said. "We need a fairer and simpler tax code, but it can't put more of a burden on the middle class."

When asked about the 9-9-9 plan proposed by former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Hinckley said at least it's a new idea. "Our current tax code is four million words long. We need a new tax code to compete in the 21st century," Hinckley said. "We need lower rates for families, lower rates for businesses."

Whitehouse said Cain's plan, which called for nine percent income tax, nine percent capital gains tax and nine percent sales tax, would shift the tax burden to the middle class. "It's not a fresh idea, it's a lousy idea," Whitehouse said.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Sheldon Whitehouse: Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea

When it came to taxes, both men agreed the Country's tax code was broken. However, they differed on how to go about fixing it. "Our tax system is a nightmare right now. CVS pays a full 35 percent tax rate. But, companies like Carnival Cruises pay zero. It makes no sense," Whitehouse said. "We need a fairer and simpler tax code, but it can't put more of a burden on the middle class."

When asked about the 9-9-9 plan proposed by former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Hinckley said at least it's a new idea. "Our current tax code is four million words long. We need a new tax code to compete in the 21st century," Hinckley said. "We need lower rates for families, lower rates for businesses."

Whitehouse said Cain's plan, which called for nine percent income tax, nine percent capital gains tax and nine percent sales tax, would shift the tax burden to the middle class. "It's not a fresh idea, it's a lousy idea," Whitehouse said.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Sheldon Whitehouse: $2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget

Whitehouse slammed the debt reduction plan proposed in the House by Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan. "The Ryan budget is disastrous," said Whitehouse, who maintained it balanced the budget on the backs of middle-class Americans, while shielding the rich. When asked what measures he would support, Whitehouse said eliminating $4 trillion over the next 10 years; with $2 trillion in cuts and $2 trillion in revenues, or tax increases. "Republicans have not identified one single loophole in the tax code they would get rid of," Whitehouse said.

Hinckley then criticized Whitehouse for being partisan. "How do you come to the middle when you vote with your leadership 96% of the time. If you don't like it, mark it up and send it back. This is an all-hands-on-deck situation." Hinckley then criticized the Bush and Obama administrations, calling them both "train wrecks." "My children are going to have to pay this back," he said.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Stephen Laffey: Tax cuts are good for America

Q: How do you reconcile that you will not as a Senator vote to raise taxes? A: Nobody made any promises but we were forced to raise taxes. When I took over as mayor of Cranston, we were 30 days on defaulting in debt, missing payroll, on and on and on. We did, we put in a supplemental tax in the first couple of weeks. I believe the tax cuts have been good. Proof is in the pudding. Revenue to the federal treasury in the past two years is up 12% to 14% or $500 billion. The tax cuts are good for America.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Property taxes are regressive

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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