Chris Gabrieli on Tax Reform


Cut the income tax AND cut property tax

REILLY: A big issue in this campaign is rolling back taxes. The people have voted on it [and we don't have] the right to ignore the will and the mandate of the people. I'm the only Democrat in this race who is willing to stand up and fight for the people.

PATRICK: Small wonder people say, give me my money back. But the tax to cut, is the property tax. That's the one squeezing people, and the only way to do that is to that is to restore state aid to cities and towns. And the only way to do that is to postpone the income tax and invest in ourselves.

REILLY: No one has a right on taxes to substitute your judgment for the will of the voters.

GABRIELI: I disagree with Deval [as saying] "here's what you can't do." I've put forward a can-do plan: We can cut the income tax by taking 40% of income growth [towards tax cuts], and leave 40% in there for continuing local aid and investments. But I can hold down the property taxes just as well. I don't think we should ignore the voters.

Source: MA gubernatorial debate on CBS4 news [Xref Reilly] Sep 13, 2006

Supports responsibly rolling taxes back to 5.0%

Q: Do you support rolling the income tax back from 5.3% to 5.0%?

A: I support responsibly rolling taxes back to 5.0%. The people voted for it, and middle class families need the relief. Over the course of this campaign, I will lay out a plan tied to specific revenue benchmarks that will allow us to get to 5.0% over a reasonable period of time, and without burdening local communities.

Source: Campaign website, www.gabrieli.org, "FAQs" Jun 3, 2006

Supports tax rollback, but fought it in the past

Chris Gabrieli last night said he was in favor of a tax rollback even though he donated $15,000 in 2000 to a political group that fought the plan. Gabrieli said he backs a voter-approved plan to roll the income tax back to 5 percent from 5.3 percent. But state campaign and finance records show Gabrieli donated $15,100 in 2000 to a political action committee called the Campaign for Massachusetts' Future, which fought against the proposed tax cut.
Source: Dave Wedge, Boston Herald, "Governor's debate" May 25, 2006

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CO Bill Owens
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FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
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PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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