State of Texas Archives: on Tax Reform


Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents

Democrats Paul Sadler and Sean Hubbard agreed on the issues, but still posed a stark contrast. Sadler is a seasoned former state legislator, while Hubbard is a 31-year-old party activist. Both expressed support for President Barack Obama's health care laws, Planned Parenthood clinics and allowing tax cuts to expire for the nation's wealthiest residents.
Source: Associated Press in CBS DFW on 2012 Texas Senate debate May 4, 2012

Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents

Democrats Paul Sadler and Sean Hubbard agreed on the issues, but still posed a stark contrast. Sadler is a seasoned former state legislator, while Hubbard is a 31-year-old party activist. Both expressed support for President Barack Obama's health care laws, Planned Parenthood clinics and allowing tax cuts to expire for the nation's wealthiest residents.
Source: Associated Press on ABC News on 2012 Texas Senate debate May 3, 2012

David Dewhurst: State income tax would pass over my dead, cold body

Cruz needled Dewhurst on Texas' budget, claiming that Dewhurst "was playing games" and never cut the budget, which Dewhurst denied.

The moderator noted that the state budget has increased substantially during Dewhurst's tenure. Dewhurst came right back with: "I cut state spending," he said, adding that he made clear a state income tax would pass "over my dead, cold body." (Not having a state income tax has no bearing on whether the state budget increased under his watch).

Source: BurntOrangeReport.com on 2012 Texas Senate Debate Apr 21, 2012

David Dewhurst: I favor a fairer and flatter tax

Cruz says he will throw his body in front of a train to stop Obamacare.

Dewhurst: I think everyone on stage can give a good speech and say roughly the same thing. [Can he] say he's actually done it.

Source: KVUE coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Apr 2, 2012

Ted Cruz: Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code

Dewhurst: "I am in favor of a fairer tax, a flatter tax."

Dewhurst: I've been involved in repeatedly cutting spending by billions and taxes by billions.

Cruz on Dewhurst income tax: In 2006, he told the Associated Press "I think I'd rather see a tax that's based on income."

Cruz: "It's interesting when people try to run away from their records. Dewhurst was dragged kicking and screaming to cut the budget."

Source: KVUE coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Apr 1, 2012

Tom Leppert: Flat tax is an opportunity to expand the base

Leppert: A flat tax is an opportunity to expand the base. The tax code has more words than the Holy Bible.

Cruz on flat tax proposal: There is a permanent elite in Washington in both parties protecting tax code.

James says he supports a flat tax "at the lowest possible rate."

Dewhurst: "I am in favor of a fairer tax, a flatter tax."

Source: KVUE coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Mar 31, 2012

David Dewhurst: Passed the largest tax cut in Texas history

A proven conservative leader and businessman who built a successful company from the ground-up, David Dewhurst will fight Obama's war on the American economy.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Mar 27, 2012

Elizabeth Ames Jones: When raising taxes, government takes a little more freedom

I believe individuals, families and businesses should keep more of what they earn. Every time the government raises taxes, they aren't just taking money--they're also taking a little more freedom by denying people the right to use their hard-earned money as they see fit. I trust most people to make the right decisions, and I believe that the Federal Government attempts to do way too much. We must stop this irresponsible binge spending and dramatically reduce the size and scope of the federal government.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.jonesfortexas.com Jul 17, 2011

Rick Perry: Balance our budget without raising taxes

We just can't forget that dollars do far more to create jobs and prosperity in the people's hands, than they can in the government's. Taking more money away from Texas families and employers is not the answer to our challenges because they've already sacrificed plenty. Balancing our budget without raising taxes will certainly set a nice example for the rest of the nation, but we have a bigger motivation. Balancing our budget without raising taxes will keep us moving forward out of these tough economi times, creating more jobs and opportunity and leaving Texas more competitive than ever. Now, the mainstream media and big government interest groups are doing their best to convince us that we're facing a budget Armageddon. Texans don't believe it and they shouldn't because it's not true. Are we facing some tough choices? Of course, but we can overcome them by setting priorities, cutting bureaucracy, reducing spending and focusing on what really matters to Texas families.
Source: 2011 Texas State of the State Address Feb 8, 2011

Jon Roland: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax

Q: Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?

A: Yes.

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Barack Obama: Tax cut for seniors and those making $75,000 a year or less

Everywhere you go, you meet people who are working harder for less, wages and incomes have flatlined, people are seeing escalating costs of everything from health care to gas at the pump. In some communities, they have been struggling for decades now. This has to be a priority of the next president. We have to restore a sense of fairness & balance to our economy. Weíve got to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas and invest those tax breaks in companies that are investing here in the US. We have to end the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy and to provide tax breaks to middle-class Americans and working Americans who need them. If you are making $75,000 a year or less, I want to give an offset to your payroll tax that will mean $1,000 extra in the pockets of ordinary Americans. Senior citizens making less than $50,000, you shouldnít have to pay income tax on your Social Security. We pay for these by closing tax loopholes and tax havens that are being manipulated.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year

When Bush came into office, he inherited a balanced budget and a surplus. It is gone. We now are looking at a projected deficit of $400 billion, under the new Bush budget, and a $9 trillion debt. We borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis. I will get us back to fiscal responsibility. I will make it clear that the Bush tax cuts on the upper income, those making more than $250,000 a year, will be allowed to expire. My priorities are middle-class tax cuts and support for the middle class, to make college affordable, retirement security possible, health insurance affordable. Itís important that we look at where the money has gone under Bush -- no-bid contracts, cronyism, outsourcing the government in ways that havenít saved us money and have reduced accountability. We can get back on the path we were on. It was one of the reasons why the economy was booming. Iíve got that clearly in my economic blueprint, because itís part of what we have to do again.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Rick Perry: Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending

Today I have proposed a budget that invests in healthcare and higher education, a budget that cuts property taxes and eliminates accounting gimmicks, and that grows the Rainy Day Fund to more than $4 billion. Not only that, it expands upon the record property tax cut of last year by setting aside an additional $2.5 billion for tax relief.

One way to provide tax relief is in the form of a rebate. The appeal of a one-time rebate is that future legislatures don't have to find the money to sustain it. However, the will of the Legislature may be to provide rate relief instead. Either way is better than the alternative: which is having the money spent on more government.

And for the record, I don't believe cutting taxes is the same thing as spending. A spending cap is meant to stop runaway spending, not runaway tax relief.

Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Paul Sadler: No state sales tax; decrease property tax

Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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