Tax & Spend

Whether one opposes or supports laws that increase the amount government collects from taxpayers in order to spend more on projects and services, including infrastructure, special tax districts for new buildings, and benefit programs for the disadvantaged (e.g., sick, poor, and elderly).


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    As a small business owner, I have seen firsthand how legislation impacts economic development. Decision-making authority should be given to the levels of government closest to the issues, rather than the state micromanaging. Tax increases are NOT necessary. We simply need to give communities control again of their tax dollars so they can invest in roads, infrastructure, or other local projects.

    Scott Willis

    City Council,
    Westfield, Indiana

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  • OPPOSE
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    Too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages. Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.

    Donald J. Trump

    President,
    New York, New York

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  • STRONGLY SUPPORT
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    [W]e need a progressive tax system in this country that is based on the ability to pay. It is unacceptable that major corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their secretaries . . . [W]e have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

    Bernie Sanders

    President,
    Burlington, Vermont

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  • SUPPORT
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    I have several proposals: Number one, I’d like to apply the “Buffet Rule” on anyone at $1 million or more[.] … Then, I have a 4% surcharge on top of income at $5 million. … The tax system has not been effective at capturing money from people who are very successful. Our progressive tax system was one of the real accomplishments of the United States.

    Hillary R. Clinton

    President,
    New York, New York

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  • OPPOSE
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    It’s time for the next American revolution; it’s time to reignite growth in our economy. And the best way to do that is through fundamental tax reform . . . the Simple Flat Tax will ensure that low- and middle-income Americans have greater opportunities – not only through minimal taxes, but also through better, high-paying jobs that the Simple Flat Tax will generate.

    Ted Cruz

    President,
    Houston, Texas

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  • OPPOSE
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    If you cut taxes for corporations and you cut taxes for individuals, you’re going to make things move ... But we have to have fiscal discipline … When you’re in a position of managing regulations, when you reduce taxes, and when you have fiscal discipline – you see the job creators begin to get very comfortable with the fact that they can invest.

    John R. Kasich

    President,
    Columbus, Ohio

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