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Dr. Benishek: "Keeping Taxes Low Will Grow the Economy"

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Location: Washington, DC

Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today expressed his support of an extension of the current federal tax rates through next year to provide certainty to Northern Michigan's job creators.

"Keeping taxes low for our job-providers will help Northern Michigan's economy. I have visited business owners all over the First District and they are telling me that higher taxes will hurt their companies. We need to provide some economic certainty for our job creators as soon as possible," said Dr. Benishek, a doctor in Iron Mountain for 28 years.

Unless action is taken by the President and Congress, the tax rates put in place in 2001 and 2003 will expire on January 1, 2013. The result will be a tax increase of $165 billion on the American people. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a Northern Michigan family of four earning $30,000 per year will see their taxes increase by $2,310 if Congress does not act to extend the current tax rates.[1]

"Recently, former President Bill Clinton announced his support for maintaining the current tax rates. He was right to point out that tax increases will crush our country's economic growth. I am hopeful President Obama and my colleagues in Congress will vote with me to prevent the job-killing taxes increases that will come at the end of this year if we don't act," added Dr. Benishek.

A recent report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned of economic consequences if the current tax rate is not extended. The report asserts that, "higher tax rates would discourage people from working and saving, further reducing output and income."[2]

"With the economy struggling, Northern Michigan families and business owners can't afford a tax hike. As a doctor who ran a small business, I know this looming threat is fueling the flames of economic uncertainty. I believe Congress and the Administration must stop these impending tax increases now," stated Dr. Benishek.

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