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Scott Brown on Tax Reform

Republican Jr Senator


Never raise taxes in a recession; it hurts job creators

Warren portrayed herself as someone who was being honest and realistic when she said she would "raise revenues," a euphemism for taxes, and would even cut the military budget and redirect spending to education programs and improvements in the nation's infrastructure.

Brown said he would never raise taxes on anyone and particularly not in the midst of a three-year recession, because doing so would hurt the "job creators" and crush small businesses.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2012 Mass. Senate debates , Oct 11, 2012

Guilty as charged: I don't want to raise taxes

Warren said she favored a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction. Brown sought to depict Warren as a tax-increaser, and he deflected her attacks. "Her criticism of me is that I'm not gonna raise taxes, and that's an accurate criticism," he said. At another point, he said, "The criticism you're hearing. I don't want to raise taxes. Guilty as charged." He said of Professor Warren, "she's obsessed with raising taxes. The first thing, every single time, is to raise taxes."
Source: FutureOfCapitalism.com on 2012 Mass. Senate Debate , Sep 21, 2012

I'm not going to raise taxes on our job creators

Warren and Brown tangled over Brown's recent statement that he would vote against a plan to extend Bush era tax cuts, if the cuts were not extended for those earning over $250,000 a year. "He would let taxes go up for 98% of families in order to protect tax breaks for the top 2%," said Warren. "I'll make it crystal clear. I will not vote to increase taxes on working families, not ever."

Brown said the US Chamber of Commerce had said that Warren's tax policies were the "greatest threat to free enterprise." He added, "We already have a tremendous amount of tax revenue in Washington right now. I'm not going to raise taxes on our job creators."

Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Sep 20, 2012

Maintain Bush tax cuts after 2010

Doesn't want the Bush tax cuts to expire in 2010. Saying he's the only candidate who won't raise taxes, and he has aggressively framed his opponent as weak on this issue, saying lower taxes will trigger economic growth.
Source: Nancy Reardon, Quincy Patriot-Ledger: 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 14, 2010

15 percent across the board tax cut

Coakley's campaign, in an ad released this week, says Brown will "give more tax breaks to the wealthiest."

Brown has said he supports a 15 percent across the board tax cut, which would certainly include "the wealthiest" but would flow to people at all income levels.

Source: FactCheck "Bay State Battle" AdWatch: 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 13, 2010

Permanently eliminate the estate tax

Source: Lowell Sun on 2010 MA Senate debate , Jan 8, 2010

Voted NO on municipal meals tax, in addition to state tax

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: Education:Full Funding. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Any city or town shall be authorized to impose a local excise tax upon the sale of meals, of 1% of the total price thereof. The local excise tax imposed shall be paid by the vendor in the same manner as the excise tax due the commonwealth. All sums received shall at least quarterly be distributed, credited and paid by the state treasurer to each city or town. [Provides a new revenue source for cities and towns to pay for schools and other local services].

Relevant platform section: PART II: EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITY: Full Funding: "We reject policies that direct funds away from our public schools to finance political promises of tax reductions or to other unrelated purposes. We support just and equitable funding mechanisms that provide for vibrant public schools in all communities."

Source citation: Section 100 ; vote number 122

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jun 4, 2003

Voted NO on raising income tax to 5.95% to offset deficit

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part V: Fiscal Responsibility:Tax Fairness and Responsible Budgeting. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Taxable income shall be taxed at the rate of 5.95 per cent for tax years beginning in 2003, for Part B income [restore tax rate].

Relevant platform section: PART V: FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, TAX EQUITY, & PUBLIC STEWARDSHIP: Tax Fairness and Responsible Budgeting: "We believe that taxes should be fair and based on ability to pay, and that budgets should be fiscally responsible and balanced without gimmicks."

Source citation: Section 470 ; vote number 64

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Apr 30, 2003

Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes.

Brown signed Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Source: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" 10-ATR on Aug 12, 2010

Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Brown signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge against raising taxes

[The ATR, Americans for Tax Reform, run by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, ask legislators to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in each election cycle. Their self-description:]

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. Since its rollout in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts. Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Opponents' Opinion (from wikipedia.com):In Nov. 2011, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed that Congressional Republicans "are being led like puppets by Grover Norquist. They're giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, but never do they compromise on Grover Norquist. He is their leader." Since Norquist's pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as "no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell."

Source: Taxpayer Protection Pledge 12-ATR on Jan 1, 2012

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