Jim Gilmore on Tax Reform
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Warner countered that the tax increase was needed to close a $6 billion budget shortfall that he said he inherited from Gilmore. Gilmore said he left office with a balanced budget. Gilmore said Warner's tax increase did little to help road-building, and they were proof that Warner would support higher federal taxes as well. "Taxes are coming at us like a freight train," Gilmore said. Gilmore was referring to Obama's proposal to roll back Bush's tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans. Warner said he supports eliminating those tax cuts as a way of reducing the federal deficit.
Warner said he has expressed support only for rolling back top-tier tax breaks by the Bush administration and is against tax increases on small businesses.
REALITY: The update to the Joint Finance Committee letters are public, e-mailed to all General Assembly members, and posted on the web just after the Governor receives it. The monthly revenue reports also are widely reported by the media
A: I think the president did the right thing when he cut taxes for people in this country. He created a good economy. We are still enjoying the benefits of that economy today. I think there are some other places that I would like to do some things a bit differently.
Q: Like what?
A: Well, for one thing, I think that we need to be focusing a great deal upon energy independence.
A: I've been a governor of Virginia. I ran on a tax cut proposal, and I ran on eliminating the car tax in Virginia. I received terrific opposition. I kept my promise, and we eliminated that car tax. Now, the question is, who is actually going to do what they say they're going to do? I have actually lived up to my word. The alternative minimum tax is continuing to drive people in the middle class into higher and higher tax brackets.
A: This is the heart of the campaign: We have to control spending, or higher taxes are certain. Tax cuts put more money back into the control of families trying to make ends meet and take of their children.
A: I have studied the fair tax and the flat tax. I have not decided the best approach to empowering people through tax reform. Many Americans fear that we will institute the fair tax, and still keep the income tax. We will determine the best policy, and get started to help taxpayers.
A: In fact, I had to struggle against Democrats AND Republicans. Holding the line is best for regular people. We must drive this point home.
A: The issue is not whether we pay taxes, but how much in taxes, what kind of taxes, and for what purpose. My tax cut program in Virginia is intended to help individual working men and women have a better quality of life and more control over their own budgets. Government is about setting priorities. Medicaid programs and homeland defense are both very important and should be a first call on tax dollars. I always followed a program of reducing taxes where possible and minimizing the impact of program reductions. The current elected officials are responsible for the choices they make in budget reductions just as I was responsible when I was Governor.
The car tax cut is about people and principle. The car tax may not be a heavy burden to some Virginians. But many Virginians, one or two hundred dollars makes a real difference in their lives.
[And] the principle: People have grown cynical about government. We overwhelmingly enacted this together and most of us have campaigned on it. Together, letís keep the trust of the people. I ask you to support the car tax cut not only because it was a campaign promise, but also because it makes a real difference in the lives of the people we serve. Even though our budget may be tight, I ask you to make the people and their priorities your priority.
|Other candidates on Tax Reform:||Jim Gilmore on other issues:|
2008 Senate retirements:
Incoming Obama Administration:
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
OR:*Merkley over Smith
House of Representatives
SenateMatch (matching quiz)
Senate Votes (analysis)