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Huckabee touts tax policies

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Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday issued a press release to tout his tax policies and offer advice to congressional leaders.

He said both Democrats and Republicans have been misguided by splitting their support for raising the federal minimum wage and repealing the estate tax. Huckabee says he supports both efforts, and that his record as governor is a testament to the effectiveness of his strategies.

While most Democrats in the Senate support a federal minimum-wage hike and oppose the death tax cuts, and while most Republicans are taking the opposite stand, Huckabee said the Senate should support both issues.

"Americans do not deserve for their estates to be bogged down in taxes, and our nation's working poor deserve a raise,"  he added. ...

"These common-sense approaches to tax reform have been successful in Arkansas and other states, and now is the time to implement these proactive and progressive ideas on the national level," Huckabee said.  "Congress needs to pass tax relief for all wage earners, not just the wealthiest Americans."

The Club for Growth -- the conservative anti-tax group that has been a constant Huckabee critic -- should find this interesting.

Full press release after the jump.

HUCKABEE PRESS RELEASE

Little Rock--Aug. 1--Based on the successes of tax reforms in his own state, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the U.S. Senate should use the same approach for national tax issues, beginning with the elimination of the death tax. The Senate is scheduled to vote on important tax issues this week.

While most Democrats in the Senate support a federal minimum-wage hike and oppose the death tax cuts, and while most Republicans are taking the opposite stand, Huckabee said the Senate should support both issues.

"Americans do not deserve for their estates to be bogged down in taxes, and our nation's working poor deserve a raise,"  he added.

Huckabee also supports President Bush's broad-based tax relief plan, which calls for the extension of tax cuts previously approved by Congress.

"These common-sense approaches to tax reform have been successful in Arkansas and other states, and now is the time to implement these proactive and progressive ideas on the national level," Huckabee said.  "Congress needs to pass tax relief for all wage earners, not just the wealthiest Americans."

Reforms in Arkansas during the past decade can provide a clear road map for national leaders.  During Huckabee's tenure as governor, the state has doubled the child care tax credit and eliminated the marriage penalty from the tax code, eliminated the capital gains tax on the sale of a home, indexed the state income tax to inflation to keep people from being pushed into higher tax brackets, and adopted the first broad-based tax cut in state history.  Earlier this year, Huckabee signed a bill to increase the state's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour, the first such increase since 1997.

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