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George W. Bush On The Issues 2000

George W. Bush 2000 On The Issues


Governor Bush believes that roughly one-quarter of the surplus should be returned to the people who earned it through broad tax cuts – otherwise, Washington will spend it.  His plan will promote economic growth and increase access to the middle class by cutting high marginal rates.  It will also double the child credit, eliminate the death tax, reduce the marriage penalty, and expand Education Savings Accounts and charitable deductions. The largest percentage cuts will go to the lowest income earners.  As a result, 6 million families will no longer pay federal income tax.

Governor Bush’s Principles

Trust People: Governor Bush believes all taxpayers should be allowed to keep more of their own money. Every family faces different challenges: some need better childcare, some need tutoring for their children, and others need more after-school programs.  Government cannot tailor its programs to the needs of each family.  The best way to help all families is to let each family keep more of its income – and spend it as it deems appropriate.

Lower the Record-High Tax Burden: Federal taxes are the highest they have ever been during peacetime:
  • Americans work more than four months a year on average to fund government at all levels.

  • The typical family now pays nearly 40 percent of their income in taxes after accounting for all federal, state, and local taxes.  This is more than twice the rate paid by the typical family in 1955.

    Cut Marginal Rates: As President Reagan demonstrated, the best way to encourage economic growth is to cut marginal tax rates across all tax brackets. According to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, “tax reductions can offer favorable incentives for economic performance,” “especially if designed to lower marginal rates.”  That is why Governor Bush’s tax reform proposal replaces the current five-rate structure with four lower rates.

    Increase Access to the Middle Class: Under current tax law, low-income workers often pay the highest marginal rates.  For example, a single waitress supporting two children on an income of $22,000 faces a higher marginal tax rate than a lawyer making $220,000.  As a result, the benefit to this waitress of taking an extra training course or working an extra shift is cut in half by the government.  Governor Bush believes that we need to take down this tollbooth on the road to the middle class.  Under his plan, this waitress will pay no income tax at all.

    Cut Taxes Responsibly: Governor Bush’s $460 billion tax cut over five years will contribute to raising the standard of living for all Americans.  His budget uses only about a quarter of the surplus for tax cuts, reserves all Social Security funds for Social Security only, and still leaves extra money for debt reduction, defense, education, and other priorities.

    Governor Bush’s Tax Cut Proposal

    1.  Increase access to the middle class for hard working families:
  • Cut the current 15 percent tax bracket to 10 percent for the first $6,000 of taxable income for singles, the first $10,000 for single parents, and the first $12,000 for married couples.
  • Double the child tax credit to $1,000.

    2.  Treat all middle class families more fairly:
  • Cut the maximum tax rate for the middle class to 25 percent (versus the current maximum rates of 28 and 31 percent).
  • Greatly reduce the marriage penalty by restoring the 10 percent deduction for two earner families, allowing them to deduct up to an additional $3,000.

    3.  Encourage entrepreneurship and growth:
  • Cap the top tax rate at 33 percent (down from the current 39.6 percent).
  • Eliminate the death tax.
  • Make the research and development tax credit permanent.

    4. Promote charitable giving and education:
  • Extend the deduction for charitable contributions to the 80 million taxpayers that do not itemize, and raise the cap on corporate giving.
  • Increase the annual contribution limit on Education Savings Accounts from $500 to $5,000 per child.

    Results of Governor Bush’s Tax Reform Proposal

    Under Governor Bush’s tax plan, the largest percentage reductions will go to the lowest-income earners. As a result:

  • Six million low- and moderate-income families will be removed from the income tax rolls entirely. That is one out of every five families with children.
  • The marginal income tax rate on millions of low-income families will fall by over 40 percent.

    Tax Policy Chart Greatest Reduction Low Income Families

    Tax Relief for Families of Four

  • A family of four making $35,000 will receive a $1,500 tax cut, a 100 percent reduction.
  • A family of four making $50,000 will receive a $2,000 tax cut, a 50 percent reduction.
  • A family of four making $75,000 will receive a $2,500 tax cut, a 25 percent reduction.

    Tax Relief for Single Parents

  • A single mother with one child making $22,000 will receive a $1,000 tax cut, a 100 percent reduction.
  • A single mother with two children making $32,000 will receive a $1,500 tax cut, a 95 percent reduction.

    Position Proposal & Speech

  • Fact Sheet:  A Tax Cut With A Purpose
  • Speech:  A Tax Cut With A Purpose

    The Texas Record

    Governor Bush reached across party lines to deliver the two largest tax cuts in Texas history:  $1 billion in 1997 and $2 billion in 1999. Under Governor Bush:

  • Texas has the 3rd lowest state tax burden in the country.
  • State budget surpluses have increased from $333 million to a high of $3.5 billion.
  • Texas remains one of only a handful of states without an income tax.

Source: George W. Bush for President 2000 Web Site

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