Rep. Hooley to Taxpayers: Take a Hike

Below is press release from Americans for Tax Reform 3-23-07:

Ore. taxpayers face $2,752 annual tax hike if tax cuts not extended

Washington, DC —Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.) is on the record in support of tax increases that would hit nearly every taxpayer in Oregon. In a series of votes cast this week in the House Budget Committee, Rep. Hooley voted against the extension of the $1,000 per child tax credit, against the extension of marriage penalty relief, against the extension of the state and local tax deduction, and against the extension of the current 15 percent rate on capital gains and dividends.

“It’s bad enough that Rep. Hooley failed to extend the tax cuts,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “But when asked to simply commit to the principle of passing a budget without a tax increase, she said “˜No!'”

Rep. Hooley’s opposition to the extension of current tax provisions translates into a significant tax hike on the overwhelming majority of Beaver State taxpayers. Projected over ten years, the average Oregon taxpayer will pay an additional $2,752 in higher taxes, according to an analysis by Americans for Tax Reform.

In summary, Rep. Hooley voted NO on the following taxpayer-friendly provisions:

–NO on committing to pass a budget without a tax increase

–NO on extending the $1,000 per child tax credit

–NO on extending marriage penalty relief

–NO on extension of existing marginal income tax cuts

–NO on extension of the 15 percent rate on capital gains and dividend earnings

–NO on elimination of the death tax

–NO on extension of the state and local tax deduction

“At a time when taxpayers are facing a mid-April deadline, Rep. Hooley is showing us her true colors,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Her commitment to higher taxes and rampant government spending might make San Francisco liberals like Nancy Pelosi happy, but it comes at our expense.”

ATR is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all federal, state and local tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or at [email protected].