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Tom Foley on Tax Reform
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tom Foley on other issues.
  • Aggressively reduce spending so we can reduce taxes. (Oct 2010)
Dan Malloy on Tax Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Malloy on other issues.
  • Fairer and more progressive sharing of taxation. (Nov 2010)
David Walker on Tax Reform
Republican Challengr for Lt. Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Walker on other issues.
  • No retroactive tax increases; reduce relative tax burdens. (Jul 2014)
  • Make effective tax rates progressive, not marginal tax rates. (Mar 2012)
  • Broaden base; make top rate 25%; make capital gains 25%. (Mar 2012)

Senate:

CT 2012: 2012 Connecticut Senate Debate


Richard Blumenthal on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Richard Blumenthal on other issues.
  • Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks. (Oct 2010)
  • Don't hold middle-income tax cut hostage to wealthiest 2%. (Oct 2010)
  • Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong. (Sep 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts only for people earning under $250K. (Aug 2010)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Susan Bysiewicz on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger (Lost primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Susan Bysiewicz on other issues.
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts and end corporate welfare. (Dec 2011)
Linda McMahon on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Linda McMahon on other issues.
  • Economy is fragile; don't raise taxes in a recession. (Oct 2010)
  • Don't raise taxes on anyone, including middle class. (Oct 2010)
  • Make Bush tax cuts permanent or CT loses 8.500 jobs. (Sep 2010)
  • Hold top rates to 35% and keep capital gains rate down. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
Chris Murphy on Tax Reform
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy 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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
Christopher Shays on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 59% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

House:


Joe Courtney on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Joe Courtney 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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
Rosa DeLauro on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CT-3): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Rosa DeLauro 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 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)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Elizabeth Esty on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Esty on other issues.
  • End special Bush tax cuts for millionaires. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Jim Himes on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Himes on other issues.
  • Supports tax increases & Obamacare. (Apr 2010)
John Larson on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (CT-1): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for John Larson 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 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 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Jodi Rell on Tax Reform
Republican CT Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jodi Rell on other issues.
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Joseph Lieberman on Tax Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (CT, retiring 2012), ran for V.P. with Gore, ran for president 2004: Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Joseph Lieberman on other issues.
  • New tax cuts to 95% of taxpayers. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax the richest 2% to pay for a tax cut to the other 98%. (Jan 2004)
  • Fresh Start on tax cuts for 98% of all taxpayers. (Nov 2003)
  • Tax fairness & tax relief for the middle class, not the rich. (Nov 2003)
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts on highest income Americans. (Sep 2003)
  • Gore’s tax credits acknowledge existing needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Exciting tax credits for health, elder care, & retirement. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax cuts for working families, not the wealthy. (Aug 2000)
  • Cut capital gains tax; it has helped economy. (May 2000)
  • $792B tax cut is premature and unrealistic. (Jul 1999)
  • 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 permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Chris Murphy on Tax Reform
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy 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)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
John Rowland on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1995-2004): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Rowland on other issues.
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Gary Franks on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gary Franks on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Tax Reform
Former Republican challenger, U.S.Rep.: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Rated 54% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Miriam Masullo on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Miriam Masullo on other issues.
  • FairTax: Do something about our broken tax system. (Aug 2004)
  • Replace federal graduated income tax with Fair Tax. (May 2004)
Jack Orchulli on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jack Orchulli on other issues.
  • Don’t use taxes to punish risk. (Oct 2004)
  • End estate tax and marriage penalty. (Oct 2004)
  • Bring more of federal tax pot to CT. (Aug 2004)
  • Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent. (Aug 2004)
Rob Simmons on Tax Reform
2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep.: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Chris Dodd on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (CT): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Chris Dodd on other issues.
  • Make taxes fair but also pro-growth. (Jun 2007)
  • Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class. (Feb 2007)
  • 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 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 NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Sam Gejdenson on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Sam Gejdenson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Rated 54% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)
Barbara Bailey Kennelly on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 1): Click here for Barbara Bailey Kennelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Barbara Kennelly on Tax Reform
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 1): Click here for Barbara Kennelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ned Lamont on Tax Reform
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ned Lamont on other issues.
  • Estate tax essential to progressive taxation system. (Jun 2006)
  • Push back against the ill-advised tax cuts. (Jan 2006)
Jim Maloney on Tax Reform
Democrat (retired) (District 5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jim Maloney on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
Alan Schlesinger on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Alan Schlesinger on other issues.
  • Opposes higher taxes and more wasteful spending. (Jul 2006)
  • Supports Tax Simplification. (Jun 2006)
Christopher Shays on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 59% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Rob Simmons on Tax Reform
Republican (District 2): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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