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Mike Beebe on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mike Beebe on other issues.
  • Cut regressive grocery sales tax now; eliminate it later. (Jan 2011)
  • Phase out the sales tax on utilities for manufacturers. (Jan 2007)
  • Get rid of the regressive sales tax on food. (Jan 2007)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Frank Gilbert on Tax Reform
Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Frank Gilbert on other issues.
  • Taxes should not be a form of punishment. (Aug 2014)
  • Don't raise any taxes, and eliminate income tax. (Jul 2014)
Tim Griffin on Tax Reform
GOP Lt.Gov Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tim Griffin on other issues.
  • Tax relief encourages sustainable economic growth. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Ross on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (AR-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Mike Ross on other issues.
  • I support lower tax rates. (Jul 2014)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

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John Boozman on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (AR-3): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Boozman on other issues.
  • Support the FairTax; abolish the Internal Revenue Service. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 60% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Tom Cotton on Tax Reform
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Tom Cotton on other issues.
  • Support pro-growth policies with simple & low tax rates. (Nov 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pryor on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (AR): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Mark Pryor on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Rated 19% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

House:


Rick Crawford on Tax Reform
Republican (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rick Crawford on other issues.
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
Mike Ross on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (AR-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Mike Ross on other issues.
  • I support lower tax rates. (Jul 2014)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Steve Womack on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steve Womack on other issues.
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal the death tax, immediately and with no expiration. (Jan 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Asa Hutchinson on Tax Reform
Republican Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Asa Hutchinson on other issues.
  • Don't raise any taxes, while reducing individual tax rate. (Jul 2014)
  • Tax reduction will spur job growth. (Dec 2013)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Mark Swaney on Tax Reform
2014 Green Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Swaney on other issues.
  • Higher taxes on the wealthy, and on wealthy institutions. (Aug 2014)
Tom Cotton on Tax Reform
Republican (Senate run 2014) (District 4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Tom Cotton on other issues.
  • Support pro-growth policies with simple & low tax rates. (Nov 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Tim Griffin on Tax Reform
Republican (Governor run 2014) (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tim Griffin on other issues.
  • Tax relief encourages sustainable economic growth. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Huckabee on Tax Reform
Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 40 full quotes OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • In AR, eliminated marriage penalty & bracket creep. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system can't be fixed, not even with Duct Tape & WD-40. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system punishes people for working & productivity. (Feb 2008)
  • Signed tax pledge to not raise marginal tax rates. (Feb 2008)
  • Supported Bush tax cuts then; I support them now. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: To be revenue-neutral, FairTax raises some taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: FairTax does not bring underground into economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax will tax the average American much less. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax and its prebate untax the poor and the elderly. (Jan 2008)
  • Net change as governor: same income tax; 1› more sales tax. (Jan 2008)
  • Raising fees is the same as raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised AR net tax burden by $500M to comply with court order. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised some taxes based on court orders and voter approval. (Dec 2007)
  • Support FairTax with a tax credit for the poor. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax would not eliminate IRS; just change role. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax is 23%; Bush’s study missed prebate & other aspects. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export. (Oct 2007)
  • FairTax eliminates all taxes on productivity & saving. (Sep 2007)
  • Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code. (Aug 2007)
  • Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul. (Aug 2007)
  • FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement. (May 2007)
  • Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax. (May 2007)
  • First governor in Arkansas history to ever lower taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Wouldn’t propose new taxes, but won’t pledge against taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Raised Arkansas taxes 5 times, but lowered taxes 94 times. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports national flat tax to keep up with globalization. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminated AR marriage penalty & capital gains on home sales. (Jan 2007)
  • Illustrated hypocrisy with “Tax Me More Fund”. (Jan 2007)
  • We ought to un-tax innovation, un-tax income. (Jan 2006)
  • Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls. (Jan 2001)
  • Remove sales tax on food; it's regressive. (Sep 1997)
  • No tax increase under any circumstances. (Nov 1992)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Dale Bumpers on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dale Bumpers on other issues.
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Tim Hutchinson on Tax Reform
Former Republican Sr Senator (until 2002): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Tim Hutchinson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
David Pryor on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for David Pryor on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Marion Berry on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (AR-1): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Marion Berry on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
John Boozman on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (AR-3): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Boozman on other issues.
  • Support the FairTax; abolish the Internal Revenue Service. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 60% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Jay Dickey on Tax Reform
Republican (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jay Dickey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Tom Formicola on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Tom Formicola on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Holt on Tax Reform
Republican challenger for Senate (AR): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Holt on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes instead of making taxes more progressive. (Apr 2010)
  • Taxes should be cut further. (Oct 2004)
  • Support a tax rate that is flatter and fairer. (Jul 2004)
Asa Hutchinson on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Asa Hutchinson on other issues.
  • Don't raise any taxes, while reducing individual tax rate. (Jul 2014)
  • Tax reduction will spur job growth. (Dec 2013)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Rebekah Kennedy on Tax Reform
Green Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rebekah Kennedy on other issues.
  • Reasonable progressive tax on large estates. (May 2008)
Blanche Lambert Lincoln on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (AR): Click here for 23 full quotes OR click here for Blanche Lambert Lincoln on other issues.
  • Extend tax cuts for low and middle income. (Oct 2010)
  • The ultrawealthy should not receive tax cuts. (Sep 2010)
  • National sales tax of 23% is just a bad idea for Arkansans. (Sep 2010)
  • Like to see tax cuts for the lower and middle class. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 20% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 40% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Vic Snyder on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (AR-2): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Vic Snyder on other issues.
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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