Friday, September 28, 2012

Press Release - Tammy Baldwin’s Rhetoric vs. Reality: Taxes

CONTACT: Lisa Boothe 608-620-5536 or

Tammy Baldwin Has Consistently Voted For
Higher Taxes
Baldwin Believes In Higher Taxes & More Spending

FACT: Baldwin Has Voted 159 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes

Tammy Baldwin Has Voted 159 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes. (Congressional Quarterly Vote Study,, Accessed 8/8/12)

FACT: Baldwin's Individual Mandate Tax Will Cost $1,200 For Middle Class Families

ASSOCIATED PRESS: "Nearly 6 million Americans - most of them in the middle class - will face a tax penalty for not carrying medical coverage once President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law is fully in place, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday. ... And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who'll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Tax Penalty To Hit Nearly 6M Uninsured People,
Associated Press, 9/19/12)

FACT: Baldwin Opposed President Obama's Tax Cut Compromise

Baldwin Stood To The Left Of President Obama When She Voted Against The Tax Cut Compromise. "Levin, D-Mich., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would extend the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years and revive the lapsed estate tax, setting the tax rate at 35 percent on estates worth more than $5 million for 2011 and 2012. It also would extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months and cut the employee portion of the Social Security tax by 2 percentage points." (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #647: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, 277-148: R 138-36; D 139-112, 12/17/10, Baldwin Voted Nay)
  • President Obama Said That Failure To Pass A Tax Cut Compromise Would Cause Taxes To Go Up By $3,000 For A Typical Family. President Obama: "Make no mistake: Allowing taxes to go up on all Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could cost our economy well over a million jobs." ("President Obama: Tax Cut Compromise Is Right Thing To Do,", 12/7/10)
  • Not Extending All Of The Bush Tax Cuts Would Causes Taxes To Increase By $2,900 On A Typical Household Making $50,000 A Year. "Here's some pressure for lawmakers: If they don't reach agreement on extending soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, nearly all their constituents back home will get big tax increases. A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis by Deloitte Tax, a tax consulting firm. The same family making $100,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $4,500." (Stephen Ohlemacher, "Expiring tax cuts will hit taxpayers at every level," The Associated Press <> , 9/16/10)
FACT: Failure To Extend These Tax Cuts Will Result In Higher Taxes For Every Working American

"The Standard Percent Rates -- The Baseline Percentage Of Your Income That Goes To The Government -- Will Universally Rise, At An Estimated Cost Of Roughly $157 Billion Annually; From 10 Percent To 15 (For Lowest-Income Earners), From 25 Percent To 28, From 28 Percent To 31, From 33 Percent To 36, And From 35 Percent To 39.6 Percent (For Highest-Income Earners)." (Joshua Rhett Miller, "Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts: How Will It Affect You?" Fox News <> , 10/11/10)

FACT: Baldwin Received A "F" From The National Taxpayers Union

Baldwin Received A "F" From The National Taxpayers Union Every Year Since 2004. (National Taxpayers Union Website,, Accessed 5/24/12)


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