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Issue Position: Lower Taxes

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It's not complicated. The American economy works best when Americans are allowed to keep more of their money to spend or save as they please instead of giving it to Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. I have always been a strong believer in the economic power of lower taxes and I will staunchly defend that position in Congress.

As I've traveled the second district, it never ceases to amaze me at how hard the people of Kansas work. From the farmer who works from dusk "til dawn, to the small business owner that works to create jobs, our economy will flourish when taxes are low. In Congress, I will vote to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. Included within both of those measures are the Child Tax Credit that helps middle-class families, and an elimination of the Marriage Penalty Tax. Both of these must be extended. In addition, we should abolish the federal death tax, which affects farmers who want to pass their farms onto their children and the Alternative Minimum Tax at both the individual and corporate level.

In June of 2007, I made a commitment to Kansas voters to fight any efforts to increase the marginal income tax by signing the American's for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Growing up on a dairy farm taught me the value of hard work, but also the value of a person's word. This pledge gives you my word on taxes.

America has always been the beacon of innovation and Kansas, at the heart of the nation, has a whole lot to offer the American and Global Economy. In order to stay competitive with the rest of the world, we must provide a climate where innovators can invent and businesses can grow here at home.


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