Tax hikes are on the table if Vasquez wins seat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert Vasquez, a Republican vying for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat, is the only Republican candidate in the race that has failed to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, President George W. Bush, 47 U.S. senators, and 222 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, six Governors and over 1,260 state legislators have signed the Pledge as well.

“By not signing the Pledge, Robert Vasquez is giving himself an opening to raise taxes on his constituents, which he’s already done when he was commissioner of Canyon County,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

In September of 2004, Commissioner Vasquez voted to raise property taxes on county residents. Taxes rose from $450 per $100,000 of taxable property to $472.34 per $100,000, a nearly 5% increase. The new budget created over forty new positions in several different county departments.

“However, I applaud Robert Vasquez for being honest enough to tell Idahoans that he is considering more tax hikes,” Norquist continued. “Most politicians are not so upfront about such an obviously unpopular decision.”