New Hampshire Democrats Campaign with Tax and Spend Star Power

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2006

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GOP Chairman says Democrats will raise taxes if elected

Concord – With a little over six weeks until Election Day, New Hampshire Democrats continue to use out-of-state liberal star power to distract from their issueless campaign. In response to this weekend’s parade of national tax and spend liberals, New Hampshire GOP Chairman Wayne Semprini echoed President Bush’s comments stating that if Democrats win, they will raise taxes.

“Democrats continue to hide their issueless campaign behind a parade of out of state liberals who are out of touch with New Hampshire values,” commented Republican State Chairman Wayne Semprini. “Mark Warner, Bill Richardson, Evan Bayh and Tom Vilsak all have a history of raising taxes, yet this is who New Hampshire Democrats like Paul Hodes, Betsi DeVries, and Jackie Cilley choose to campaign with. Make no mistake, if elected they will raise our taxes just like their liberal friends.”

New Hampshire Republicans are committed to running issue campaigns focused on results. Democrats are focused on distracting from issues like a state income tax by parading big name national Democrats in and out of the state.

“Voters know what is at stake and they can see past the star power of the national Democrats and recognize them for what they are: pro-tax, big government liberals who do not share our values,” said Semprini. “The choice is clear: Democrats will increase taxes; Republicans will hold the line so that New Hampshire remains income tax free.”

Former Gov. Mark Warner SUPPORTED Tax Hikes:

In 2002, Warner Supported Raising Taxes By $5 Billion. (R.H. Melton, “Nearing The Stretch, Sales Tax Plan Supporters Pulling Ahead,” The Washington Post , 9/26/02)

“[Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s] First Major Initiative Was To Push For A Local Sales Tax Increase To Pay For Transportation Programs In Northern Virginia.” (Stephen Moore and Steven Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute, 3/1/05, p. 65)

  • “After Working Hard In His Gubernatorial Campaign Against Mark Earley To Deny He Is A Typical Tax-And-Spend Liberal, Warner Then Waged A Tireless Effort On Behalf Of A Northern Virginia Referendum To Raise Taxes For Transportation. That Failed Spectacularly.” (A. Barton Hinkle, Op-Ed, “Donnybrook Over The Estate Tax Leaves Both Sides Bruised,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 4/8/03)

“In November 2003 Warner Proposed A Massive $1 Billion Tax Increase That Raised Income Taxes, Sales Taxes, And Cigarette Taxes And Restoration Of The Estate Tax.” (Stephen Moore and Steven Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute, 3/1/05, p. 65)

· “[In 2003] The Governor Put Tax ‘Reform’ On His Agenda, But Refused To Release The Details Prior To The General Assembly’s Elections. Two Weeks After The Vote – Which Saw Democrats Pick Up Two Seats In The House But Lose One In The Senate – He Announced His Tax Program.” (Editorial, “Leadership,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 12/1/03)

· “Warner Ended Up Signing A Compromise $1.3 Billion Tax Hike.” (Stephen Moore and Steven Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute, 3/1/05, p. 65)

“The Governor Then Charged Full-Throttle Against Repealing The Estate Tax.” After brief campaigns on behalf of gubernatorial self-succession and a primary-enforcement seatbelt law (both of which also failed), the Governor then charged full-throttle against repealing the estate tax. Finally, he has prevailed in a high-profile endeavor: sustaining a tax opposed by a large majority of voters.” (A. Barton Hinkle, Op-Ed, “Donnybrook Over The Estate Tax Leaves Both Sides Bruised,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 4/8/03)

In 2004, Gov. Warner Supported Higher Taxes: “[VA Gov. Mark] Warner Has Proposed A $1 Billion, Two-Year Tax Increase And Has Ridiculed Republican Proposals To Submit Proposed Tax Increases To The Voters In A Referendum.” (Tyler Whitley, “Negotiators Get To Work,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 3/5/04)

· In The End, Warner “Ushered” A $1.4 Billion Increase Through The Legislature. (“Two Legislators Compete For Attorney General,” The Associated Press , 11/8/05)

Warner Attempted To Raise Taxes Despite Public Opposition:

Warner Broke His “No New Taxes” Pledge . (Editorial, “Enough Said,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 3/11/04; Editorial, “Tax Addenda,” Richmond Times Dispatch , 2/25/04)

“That Part Of The State Voted Overwhelmingly For Warner In The General Election Just A Year Before, But In The November 2002 Special Election The Sales Tax Hike Was Trounced.” (Stephen Moore and Steven Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute, 3/1/05, p. 65)

· Voters In Northern Virginia Rejected The Tax Increase By More Than 55 Percent Of The Vote. (Stephen Moore and Steven Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute, 3/1/05, p. 11)

Vilsack’s Tax Hike Record As Governor:

“High Tax Tom” Sent “Discouraging Signals” To Iowa Business Community. “‘High Tax Tom’ is sending discouraging signals to the business community, entrepreneurs and people of wealth about their future in Iowa.” (David Yepsen, Op-Ed, “Beware: Tom’s On A Tax Tour,” The Des Moines Register , 12/14/03)

In 2004, Vilsack Broke “No Tax Increase” Pledge. “As expected, Gov. Tom Vilsack broke his ‘no-tax-increases’ campaign pledges when he proposed his 2004 legislative program and budget. He’s having no luck getting anyone in the Legislature to go along with him.” (David Yepsen, Op-Ed, “Read Vilsack’s Lips: No-Tax-Increase Pledge Is Out,” The Des Moines Register , 2/10/04)

  • Vilsack Proposed Additional $283 Million Increase In Taxes. “Sales and cigarette tax: Lawmakers rejected an attempt to vote on Gov. Tom Vilsack’s proposal to increase taxes by $283 million ...” (Lynn Okamoto, “House Shuns Tax Increases, Passes Budget,” The Des Moines Register , 4/13/04)
  • Vilsack’s Veto Re-Imposed 5 Percent Sales Tax On Gas And Electric Bills. “When Gov. Tom Vilsack vetoed the tax-law changes included in an economic-development package last year, he also inadvertently, or perhaps conveniently, vetoed the phase out of the sales tax on utility bills. It was a tax cut that benefited poor and middle-income families. The effect of that veto is to reimpose the full 5 percent sales tax on home gas and electric bills beginning July 1.” (David Yepsen, Op-Ed, “Iowa Tax Burden Lifts A Bit, But No Celebrations Yet ,” The Des Moines Register , 4/8/04)

In 2002, The State Of Iowa Enacted Fee Increases Of $3.1 Million For FY2003. (“The Fiscal Survey Of States,” National Governors Association/National Association Of State Budget Officers, 11/02)

In 2001, Vilsack Said Repealing Social Security Benefit Tax Would Only Benefit High Income Bracket. “[Vilsack] said a tax cut to promote economic opportunity is better than one on Social Security, which he said would benefit only ‘folks who are at the high end of the income bracket who have to pay tax on their Social Security.’” (Jonathan Roos and Lynn Okamoto, “Session Opens,” The Des Moines Register , 1/9/01)

  • Iowa Should Consider The Repeal Of Some Tax Breaks , Gov. Tom Vilsack Said ... (Lynn Okamoto, “Governor Suggests Repealing Tax Breaks,” The Des Moines Register , 11/30/01)

Vilsack Receives Poor Grade From Cato Institute For Fiscal Policy:

2004: Vilsack Received Grade Of “C” And Overall Score Of 50 In Fiscal Policy. (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis, 3/1/05)

  • “[V]ilsack Has The Legislature To Thank For His Grade: It Would Have Been Far Lower If The Legislature Had Rubber-Stamped His Expensive Schemes.” (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis, 3/1/05)

2002: Vilsack Received Grade Of “D” And Overall Score 46 In Fiscal Policy. (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2004,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis, 3/1/05)

  • 2002: Iowa Listed As State With Highest Combined Top Income Tax Rate, At 21.0% And Fifth Worst In Spending Restraint. (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2002,” www.cato.org, 9/20/02)
  • 2002: Vilsack “Does Not Bother To Hide His Infatuation With Big Budgets, High Taxes”. “In an era when most politicians rush to the political middle of the road, Tom Vilsack is an aberration. He does not bother to hide his infatuation with big budgets, high taxes, and statist prescriptions for Iowa’s economic problems.” (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2002,” www.cato.org, 9/20/02)

2000: Vilsack Received Grade Of “D” And Overall Score Of 45 In Fiscal Policy. (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2000,” www.cato.org, 2/12/01)

  • 2000: Iowa Listed As State With Highest Combined Top Income Tax Rate, At 20.98%. (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2000,” www.cato.org, 2/12/01)
  • 2000: Census Bureau Ranks Iowa As Seventh Highest Tax Burden . “As the first Democratic governor of Iowa in 30 years, Tom Vilsack has done even less than his Republican predecessors to lower the punitive tax burden in that state, which the Census Bureau ranks as the seventh highest in the nation.” (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2000,” www.cato.org, 2/12/01)
  • 2000: “Vilsack, Despite A Very Willing Legislature, Seems Determined Not” To Cut Taxes. “Tax cuts could go a long way to letting the state enjoy the economic growth that is manifest in low-tax states. Vilsack, despite a very willing legislature, seems determined not to let that happen any time soon.” (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2000,” www.cato.org, 2/12/01)
  • “His 2000 Budget Was So Big It Was Challenged For Violating The State’s Legal Spending Restrictions.” (Stephen Moore and Stephen Slivinski, “Fiscal Policy Report Card On America’s Governors: 2002,” www.cato.org, 9/20/02)

Bill Richardson’s Tax Recrod

Congressman Richardson Led The Fight For Clinton Tax Increases

1993: “[W]e Must Stand With The President And His Package, It Moves Us In The Right Direction And Prescribes A Valid Cure To Our Economic Problems.” (Representative Bill Richardson, Congressional Record , 5/25/93, p. H2725)

Stepping Out Of The Broom Closet And Into The Clinton Spotlight – Richardson Spent Six Months Lobbying Members Of Congress To Pass Clinton’s 1993 Tax Increase. “Rep. Bill Richardson has spent much of the past six months in a converted utility closet off the Capitol’s main hallway, helping to build a Democratic victory for President Clinton’s [so-called] tax-reduction bill. Thursday morning, Richardson, D-N.M., was on the telephone trying to transform 10 rebellious Democrats into the last of the necessary 218 loyalists. … ‘The last 10 are rough,’ [Richardson] said after hanging up. ‘They want a lot.’” (“Richardson Maneuvers To Rally Tax Bill Support,” The Associated Press , 8/7/93)

ü Richardson Ignored His Constituents And Tried To Sell Them On A Bad Plan. “Congressional Democrats conceded Tuesday that they must do a better job of selling the giant deficit-reduction package to a worried public. … Rep. Bill Richardson, [Democrat of New Mexico], said his constituents wanted fewer tax increases and extra spending cuts, adding, ‘They’ve been happier.’” (Alan Fram, “Foley, Democrats Concede Need To Sell Tax Bill Better,” The Associated Press , 7/13/93)

ü The Phones Rang, But Richardson Failed To Listen To The Calls. “Democratic Rep. Bill Richardson’s offices logged more than 375 calls, about 73 percent of them in opposition to the economic package, said spokesman Stu Nagurka.” (Deborah Baker, “New Mexico Callers Oppose Tax Plan,” The Associated Press , 8/5/93)

The National Taxpayers Union Gave Richardson A Failing Grade Every Year

He Was In Congress

Year

Congress (Session)

Grade

Percentage (Votes With NTU)

1996

104th (2nd)

F

33%

1995

104th (1st)

F

20%

1994

103rd (2nd)

F

19%

1993

103rd (1st)

F

14%

1992

102nd (2nd)

F

29%

1991

102nd (1st)

4

12%

1990

101st (2nd)

3

12%

1989

101st (1st)

8

30%

1988

100th (2nd)

14

16%

1987

100th (1st)

9

19%

1986

99th (2nd)

6

21%

1985

99th (1st)

18

30%

1984

98th (2nd)

35

27%

1983

98th (1st)

23

18%

(Source: National Taxpayers Union )

Sen. Bayh Tax Record:

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) Voted Against Final Passage Of The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts . (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31, 5/26/01, Bayh Voted Nay; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A “Yea” Vote, 5/23/03, Bayh Voted Nay)

· Sen. Bayh Has A 21 Percent Average Rating (2000-2004) From Americans For Tax Reform. (Americans For Tax Reform Website, www.atr.org, Accessed 3/13/06)

· Sen. Bayh Has A 21 Percent Lifetime Rating From The National Taxpayers Union. (National Taxpayers Union Website, www.ntu.org, Accessed 3/13/06)

· Sen. Bayh Has A 26 Percent Lifetime Rating From Citizens Against Government Waste. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 3/13/06)