State of Montana secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Mark Perea: Opposes higher taxes on the wealthy

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, `Higher taxes on the wealthy`?

A: Oppose

Source: Email interview on 2016 MT Governor's race with OnTheIssues Nov 3, 2015

Conrad Burns: Families face 58% tax increase in--so make cuts permanent

BURNS: Weíve got to make the tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 permanent. If we donít, a young personís tax bill will go up by 48% in 2011. A family of four, their tax obligation will go up 58%. So I voted for that package, to make it permanent so we wonít face that higher federal obligation.

TESTER: If weíre going to talk about tax cuts, letís focus them on the middle class, when the bulk of that tax cut he talks about is focused on the very richest rich. The middle class needs to have some support in the tax code. But why do we have to give tax breaks to Paris Hilton in the process? That tax program that he talks about is dependent on deficit spending to make it work. Deficit spending is putting a tax on our children of $28,000. Itís time we had some common sense.

BURNS: He knows a lot about raising taxes. Heís never met a tax bill he didnít vote for. His record is very clear on that, and my record is very clear also. I donít vote for those tax increases.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Focus tax cuts on the middle class, not the rich

BURNS: Weíve got to make the tax cuts from 2001 & 2003 permanent. I voted to make it permanent so we wonít face that higher federal obligation.

TESTER: If weíre going to talk about tax cuts, letís focus them on the middle class, when the bulk of that tax cut he talks about is focused on the very richest rich. The middle class needs to have some support in the tax code, so we best not be messing around and letís do it. Instead of taking away things like the college tax credit, for working families trying to send their kids to college, which Burns did, and increase the taxes on them. Instead of talking about the marriage penalty, letís make it so it isnít a penalty. But why do we have to give tax breaks to Paris Hilton in the process? That tax program that he talks about is dependent on deficit spending to make it work. Deficit spending is putting a tax on our children of $28,000 -- every child is born with a $28,000 tax, in the form a national debt. Itís time we had some common sense.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Lowering state taxes shifts burden to local property tax

Q: As state senate president in 2005, you oversaw an increase of $1 billion in spending. What about fiscal restraint?

TESTER: Every tax cut measure had the unforeseen consequence of raising the property tax. We can be the good guys at the state level, but thatíd just make the school boards and county governments increase the mill levies [of the local property tax], and thatís not the way I do business. Iím accountable for what I do and I wasnít going to support that tax pullback. Some of that money went to increasing teacherís salaries, without forcing school boards to increase their mill levies, and in some cases could actually have them reduce their local property taxes. Last session, we eliminated taxes on 13,000 small businesses and we didnít increase taxes. Thatís the record with the Democratic governor and Democratic senate. We did it within a balanced budget, and we did it on time.

BURNS: He eliminated the business taxes on 13,000 businesses--but raised them on 16,000 businesses.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

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