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George Pataki Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 1:55 PM PERMALINK

Former Governor George Pataki (R-N.Y.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“I commend Governor Pataki for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the hard working taxpayers of this country,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Governor Pataki understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pledge signers. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and both candidates for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman – Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) – are pledge signers.. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

Though it is still relatively early in the 2016 nominating process, most of the GOP candidates have already made a written commitment to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House. Along with Pataki, these candidates include Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Jim Gilmore.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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John Kasich Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 4:28 PM PERMALINK

Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“I commend Governor Kasich for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the hard working taxpayers of this country,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). “Governor Kasich understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

Kasich is also a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer in his current capacity as Governor.

On Oct. 15, Kasich released a comprehensive national tax reform plan. Norquist has praised the Kasich plan as “significantly pro-growth.” ATR notes the following highlights:

For families. The current seven bracket system is replaced by a three bracket system and a top rate of 28 percent (the same top rate after President Reagan's 1986 Tax Reform Act). Tax deductions for charitable contributions and mortgage interest would be retained at current levels. The earned income tax credit is increased by 10 percent.

Capital gains and dividends rate cut. The capital gains and dividends tax is reduced from 23.8 percent today to 15 percent.

Death tax repealed. The 40 percent death tax is repealed entirely.

Business tax rates lowered. For corporations, the tax rate on profits is cut from 35 to 25 percent. For partnerships, S-corporations, sole proprietorships, and LLCs, the tax rate is cut from 39.6 percent to 28 percent. To make up for the slightly higher rate on flow-through firms, the research and development tax credit is doubled for smaller companies.

Full expensing. All business investments in plant and equipment will be deducted in full in the year of purchase. This will replace a long, multi-year deduction process in place today called "depreciation." No longer will the tax code say that a pencil can be deducted in one year, but a computer will take five years.

Territoriality. The U.S. is one of the only countries in the developed world which seeks to tax income earned in the United States as well as income earned overseas by U.S. companies. The Kasich plan transitions our "worldwide" tax system to the more typical and common sense "territorial" plan. Only income earned in the United States will be taxed by the United States. In order to finance this transition, overseas deferred earnings will face a one-time tax at a low rate.

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan are also pledge signers. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators are Pledge signers.

Though it is still early in the 2016 nominating process, most of the GOP candidates have already made a written commitment to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House. Along with Kasich, these candidates include Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Jim Gilmore.

 

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Norquist to Dem Candidates: Where Do You Stand on Hillary's Gun Tax?

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 2:44 PM PERMALINK

ATR President Grover Norquist today submitted the following question to CNN and Facebook in advance of tonight's Democrat presidential candidate debate:

 Beginning with Hillary’s opponents:

All of you have spoken about gun control in this campaign. Hillary Clinton called for a new 25% national sales tax on guns in congressional testimony on Sept. 30, 1993.

The idea was presented as legislation by New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.

Do you support Hillary’s new tax on gun sales? Is 25% too low, too high, or just right?

                                -Grover Norquist

Recently Clinton said she would push to “balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures.” A Washington Post headline declared her “the new standard-bearer for gun control.”

"Hillary has made it perfectly clear to the millions of gun owners in the United States: she doesn't like us, she doesn't trust us and she wants us to go away," said Norquist.

To view the question, click here.

VIDEO: Watch Hillary endorse a new 25% national gun tax

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Grover Norquist Statement on Carried Interest


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 11:34 AM PERMALINK

I oppose higher taxes on carried interest capital gains. On principle, capital gains should be taxed as capital gains not at artificially higher rates. In a conversation with a reporter about a world with drastically lower tax rates across the board, my position on carried interest capital gains was taken radically out of context. My point was and is that increasing taxes on carried interest capital gains is a shiny bauble conceived in left-wing academia, is not serious tax policy and is not part of a grown up conversation on tax reform.

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Initial Thoughts On Jeb Bush Tax Plan

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 11:49 AM PERMALINK

The good:

  • 100 percent immediate business expensing
  • Corporate rate reduced to 20 percent
  • Moves USA from moronic “worldwide” system of taxation to a “territorial” system which only taxes income earned in the United States.
  • Simplified three bracket system with a top rate of 28 percent
  • repeals 3.8 percent Obamacare savings surtax
  • kills the Death Tax
  • AMT eliminated
  • State and local tax deduction eliminated
  • Nearly doubles the standard deduction

Bad:

  • The unfortunate element is raising taxes on carried interest capital gains (raise rate from 23.8 to 28 percent.) No Republican should be for higher taxes on capital gains. This tax hike idea is supported by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The Democratic Left deeply wishes to tax ALL capital gains as ordinary income.

 

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Bobby Jindal Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 7:00 AM PERMALINK

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“I commend Governor Jindal for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the hard working taxpayers of this country,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Governor Jindal understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

Of the 17 GOP Presidential candidates, nine have experience serving as chief executive of a state. A study by Dan Clifton, head of policy research at Strategas Research Partners, provides an apples-to-apples comparison of their record on government spending. The chart below compares the average annual increase in general fund spending during each Governor’s term. During his time in office, Gov. Jindal has the most aggressive anti-spending record:

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan are also pledge signers. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

Though it is still early in the 2016 nominating process, most of the GOP candidates have already made a written commitment to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House. Along with Jindal, these candidates include Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Jim Gilmore.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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Jim Gilmore Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Former Governor Jim Gilmore (R-Va.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Governor Gilmore continues his commitment to the taxpayers of this country,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Governor Gilmore understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

Gilmore recently outlined The Growth Code, an aggressive pro-growth tax reform plan that includes a single 15 percent tax on all business income, three individual income tax rates of 10, 15, and 25 percent, immediate expensing of business investment, and a territorial tax system that allows American business earnings abroad to be returned to the U.S. without penalty.

Gilmore served as governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. He led a successful campaign to phase out the state’s much-loathed car tax, saving Virginia families millions of dollars. As soon as he left office, the legislature froze the phase out before it fully took effect. (The Tax Foundation has a nice summary here.)

Though it is still early in the 2016 nominating process, most of the GOP candidates have already made a written commitment to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House. Along with Gilmore, these candidates include Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee.

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan are also pledge signers.

On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge. The pledge-signing governors include Scott Walker (R-Wis.), John Kasich (R-Ohio), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Nikki Haley (R-S.C.).

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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Chris Christie Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 5:00 AM PERMALINK

Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

Governor Christie has consistently vetoed $1.6 billion in annual tax hikes passed by the Democrat-run legislature. Their attempt to create a new top tax bracket of 10.75 percent has been included in each of the five budgets sent to Christie. Democrats also sought to impose a 15 percent corporate tax surcharge in each of the last two budgets. Each time, the Governor's veto pen has been the only thing standing in the way of those taxes passing in the Garden State. 

“Governor Chris Christie has vetoed more tax hikes than any other Governor in modern American history,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “And he made those vetoes stick. Without the Christie governorship, New Jersey would be somewhere between Detroit and Greece.”

Though the 2016 nomination contest is just getting underway, most of the GOP candidates have already made a written commitment to the American people that they will oppose and veto any tax increase in the event they are elected to the White House. These candidates include Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee.

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Governor Christie continues his commitment to protect American taxpayers,” said Norquist. “Governor Christie understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan are also pledge signers. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

 

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Five Questions For the Candidates

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 1:21 PM PERMALINK

  1. The U.S. has one of the highest business income tax rates in the world. What is your plan to reduce this burden?
  2. The U.S. is the only developed country with a “worldwide” taxation system meaning an American business or citizen living abroad is required to pay taxes in both the U.S. and overseas. How would you reform this system to put Americans on a level playing field?
  3. Do you support putting the states in charge of highway building? Will you rule out a gas tax increase?
  4. Some politicians want to impose taxes on Americans who cannot vote them out of office. Do you oppose an online sales tax that would do just that?
  5. Do you agree the Export-Import bank is corporate welfare? Will you commit to keeping it dead?

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Norquist Statement on Walker Tax Record

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, July 13th, 2015, 4:18 PM PERMALINK

ATR president Grover Norquist issued the following statement today on the occasion of Governor Scott Walker’s entrance into the 2016 Presidential race:

“Walker signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge when he first ran for governor. He has kept that pledge. He has cut taxes repeatedly and significantly. He has seen every challenge as an opportunity to reform government to cost less rather than as an excuse to dig deeper into the pockets of taxpayers.”

 

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