Image of Americans for Tax Reform applauding Mike Braun for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Americans for Tax Reform commends Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to be the next governor of Indiana. By signing the Pledge, Senator Braun makes a bold, written commitment to Hoosier taxpayers to oppose and veto any tax increases. 

Candidates often make campaign promises not to raise taxes, only to abandon taxpayers once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge allows candidates to put their commitment in writing – making it much stronger. By signing the Pledge, Sen. Braun has demonstrated a dedication to fiscal responsibility and pro-growth tax policies that taxpayers can rely on. 

“I strongly applaud Senator Braun for taking a principled stand and signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By making this commitment, he has demonstrated a true dedication to the values of fiscal responsibility and pro-growth tax policy. This pledge is a powerful symbol of his unwavering support for hardworking taxpayers and their right to keep more of their hard-earned money,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

As a U.S. Senator, Mike Braun has championed taxpayers and worked to protect them from abuse, sponsoring the “Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act” to protect citizen groups’ free speech rights, as well as the “Protect Taxpayer Privacy Act” to hold IRS employees accountable by increasing the penalty for releasing private taxpayer information, and the “IRS Customer Service Improvement Act.”

Norquist added, “With Mike Braun’s pledge, we can trust that he will continue to champion pro-growth policies, protect economic freedom, and resist any attempts to burden Hoosiers with unnecessary tax hikes as governor.”

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge was created in 1985 by Americans for Tax Reform as a way to solidify candidates’ commitments to taxpayers. President Reagan urged all candidates to sign the Pledge. He campaigned for and praised candidates who signed the Pledge. Today, over 1,400 elected officials and candidates across the federal and state level are Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers.

There are currently 189 Pledge signers in the U.S. House — including Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Majority Leader Steve Scalise — and 42 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate including Leader Mitch McConnell. 85% of Congressional Republicans have signed The Pledge and put their commitment to oppose tax increases into writing, contrasting the ZERO congressional Democrats who have made this commitment.