Statements about Taxes
Historically, the Social Security tax has been assessed on about 90% of U.S. income. Now it captures 83% because there's been such a growth of income among the highest earners.
Of six Rhode Island tax-credit programs worth about $35 million, "three companies got 90 percent of that -- CVS and two companies not even located in the state of Rhode Island."
"If the House of Representatives fails to extend the middle-class tax cuts, 400,000 middle-class Rhode Island families will see their federal income taxes increase."
Sheldon Whitehouse voted for a "$525-billion tax increase on the middle class."
Providence has "amongst the highest tax rate(s) in the entire country."
"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."
The Congressional Budget Office "has already doubled its estimate for the cost (of Obamacare) so far from roughly $800 billion to $1.7 trillion."
President Obama’s health care law says "when you sell your house now you have to pay a 3.8 percent tax."
"People who wash cars at home will use approximately 80 percent more water than they do in a car wash."
President Obama’s health-care law will "add trillions of dollars in debt."
The "Buffett rule" "raises virtually no money, maybe a day and a half of our borrowing per year."
If Rhode Island raises the meal and beverage tax to 10 percent, it would be the "fourth-highest in the nation."
"The commercial property tax [in Providence] is second highest in the country behind Detroit."
"If you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it."
"We got [the Quonset Business Park] for free and we’re getting zero dollars out of it into the state coffers … other than the fact that it produces the jobs."
"I think with the exception of the last year or maybe the last two years, we were at 100 percent" when it came to contributing to the Providence pension fund.
"Our tax code is . . . 80,000 pages."
"Minimum wage = $16,000/year CEO-Goldman Sachs (Lloyd Blankfein) $16,000/Hour."
"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."
"The Tax Foundation figures Rhode Island as the 10th highest state for state and local tax burden per capita in the country. We're the 6th worst in the country for the business tax index. We're the 3rd highest per capita in the country for all taxes."
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