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Don Young voted for dozens of tax increases

Don Young pledged to oppose all tax increases. Yet he consistently votes to increase the tax burden on average Alaskans, while supporting generous tax cuts for America’s wealthiest elite. On 5/6/08, Young proposed a $1/gallon gas tax. He did an immediate about-face when public scrutiny spotlighted his proposal. This was not an isolated misstatement, rather it’s a chapter in Young’s history of imposing new taxes on typical Americans.

Young draws widespread criticism from the leading fiscal watchdog groups.

Don Young's tax hike votes

Bill

Don Young’s Action:

Effect

Date

Status

See Table

Supported most national debt increases since 1995

Imposed $4.3 trillion worth of taxes on future generations, without their consent

1995 to Present

Passed into Law

H.R. 2642

Voted Yes, Roll Call 330

Income tax increase of 0.47% on the highest income brackets to fund the GI bill. Young was rebuked shortly after this vote.

5/15/08

Tax hike removed in the Senate

H.R. 3963

Voted Yes, Roll Call 22

Raise federal cigarette tax from 39 cents to $1.00/pack, and impose an extreme tax on cigars. The tax revenue would fund children’s health insurance. Revenue increase $72 billion over 10 years.

1/23/08

House vote failed to override Veto

H.R. 4351

Voted No, Roll Call 1153

Eliminate a massive loophole/tax cut for hedge fund managers. Use revenue to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which averages $2,000 for 21 million middle income taxpayers.

12/12/07

Passed in House

H.R. 976

Voted Yes, Roll Call 982

Raise federal cigarette tax from 39 cents to $1.00/pack, and impose an extreme tax on cigars. The tax revenue would fund children’s health insurance. Revenue increase $73 billion over 10 years.

10/18/07

House vote failed to override Veto

H.R.

3996

Voted No, Roll Call 1081

Eliminate a massive loophole/tax cut for hedge fund managers. Use revenue to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which averages $2,000 for 21 million middle income taxpayers. Revenue increase $78 billion over 10 years.

11/9/07

Passed into Law

H.R. 2881

Cosponsor, Voted Yes, Roll Call 890

FAA Reauthorization Act, increase tax on aviation grade kerosene to 35.9 cents/gallon, and aviation gas to 24.1 cents/gallon, increase fee that local airports impose on passengers from $4.50 to $7 per segment flown.

9/20/07

Passed House

H.R. 6

Voted Yes, Roll Call 445

Energy Bill, 0.1 cent per gallon fuel tax for leaking underground storage tanks

7/28/05

Passed into Law

H.R. 3

 

 

H.R. 3087 (Interim bill)

Sponsor, Voted Yes, Roll Call 453

Sponsor, Voice Vote,

Transportation Equity Act – Young advocated various gas tax increases of 15 cents/gallon, 5.45 cents/gallon, and 5 cents/gallon. He later abandoned gas tax hikes – but only for a while…..

 

In the distant past, Young voted: a) against the 4.3 cent/gallon gas tax increase in 1993, b) to repeal the 1993 gas tax increase, and c) against the 1982 gas tax increase

7/29/05 &

 

 

9/24/03

Passed into Law, gas tax not changed.

H.R. 25

Cosponsor

Impose national sales tax in lieu of the federal income tax. The tax on every dollar spent is estimated to be between 23 and 34 cents. This bill increases the tax burden on income levels below $100,000/year, while creating the largest entitlement program in history

4/30/03

Died in House Committee

H.R. 2726

Sponsor

Allow the federal government to collect state cigarette and gas taxes on Indian reservations

8/2/01

Died in Resources Committee

H.R. 1000

Voted Yes, Roll Calls 209 and 48

Increase the cap on fees that local airports impose on passengers to $4, with an additional $3 fee allowed for local surface transportation.

6/15/99 & 3/15/00

Passed into Law

H.R. 2400

Voted Yes, Roll Calls 98 and 192

Surface Transfer Revenue Act of 1998 – Extend gas and diesel taxes for 6 years.

4/1/98 & 5/22/98

Passed into Law

H.R. 2014

Voted Yes, Roll Call 245

Taxpayers Relief Act of 1997, among its provisions: $6 special tax on airline tickets between Alaska and Lower 48, 7.5 percent tax on frequent flyer awards, $12 tax on international airline tickets, excise tax of 84 cents per dose on vaccines, reinstate 0.1 cents/gallon fuel tax for leaky underground storage tanks.

6/26/97

Passed into law

H.R. 2015

Voted Yes, Roll Calls 241 and 257

The Senate increased the 24 cent per pack cigarette tax to 39 cents. Young supported this bill and the conference committee that added the tax increase, however he missed the final vote.

6/25/97 and 7/10/97

Passed into Law

S. 652

Voted Yes, Roll Call 25

Telecommunications Act of 1996 (aka the “Gore Tax”) $2.25 billion/year e-tax on telephone service. Prohibits tax from being itemized on phone bills.

2/1/96

Passed into Law

H.R. 2491

Voted Yes, Roll Call 812

Violate Alaska Statehood Act by reducing Alaska’s share of oil revenue on federal lands from 90% to 50%, in exchange for opening ANWR

11/17/95

Passed House and Senate, Vetoed by the President

H.R. 776

Voted Yes, Roll Call 474

Energy Policy Act of 1992, Increased tax on ozone depleting chemicals, increased IRS withholding on gambling winnings from 20% to 28%, and extended 10% tax on coal.

10/5/92

Passed into Law

H.R. 2950

Voted Yes, Roll Call 440

Four year extension of excise taxes on gasoline, diesel, tires, and heavy trucks that were otherwise going to expire

11/27/91

Passed into Law

H.R. 5170

Voted Yes, Roll Call 302

Authorize local airports to impose a charge of up to $12 per passenger.

8/2/90

Passed in House, died in Senate

H. AMDT 695

Voted No, Roll Call 301

Delete authorization for local airports to impose a charge on every passenger under H.R. 5170

8/2/90

Amendment defeated

H.R. 3299

Voted Yes, Roll Call 379 CR 9623

Imposes 5 cent/barrel tax on crude arriving at refineries.

11/21/89

Passed into Law

H.R. 2470

Voted *, Roll calls 281 & 164

Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act 1988 – Income tax surcharge of $22.50 for each $150 of federal income tax liability

7/22/87 & 6/2/88

Passed into Law

H.R. 2

Voted Yes, Roll Calls 12 and 34

Extended excise tax on fuel for 5 years, rather than allow it to expire as called for in prior legislation

1/21/87 & 3/18/87

Passed into Law

H.R. 3545

Voted *, Roll Call 392 & 508

OBRA 1987 - Increase BATF Fees, limit deductibility of home equity loans to $100,000, imposed tax on vaccines: $4.56 for diphtheria, pertussis, & tetanus; $0.06 for diphtheria or tetanus; $4.44 for measles, mumps, or rubella; and $0.29 for polio.

10/29/87 & 12/21/87

Passed into Law

H.R. 6

Voted *, Roll Calls 406 and 488

Imposed excise tax on goods loaded or unloaded at harbors – 0.04% of the value

11/13/85 and 10/17/86

Passed into Law

H.AMDT. 706

Voted Yes, Roll Call 470

The tax rate for the lowest paid workers would increase from 11% to 15%. Tax rates for the highest wage earners would be lowered from 50% to 37%. The corporate tax rate would have been reduced from 46% to a range of 15% to 33%. The average corporate tax rate would have been 25%. Amendment to H.R. 3838.

12/17/85

Amendment failed. These taxes passed with minor changes under H.R. 3838, which Young opposed.

H.R. 3128

Voted *, Roll Call 383

COBRA 1985 - Extend health coverage for workers losing jobs, permanently extends an earlier 16 cent/pack cigarette tax increase, impose new excise tax on smokeless tobacco, and increase coal excise tax 10%.

10/31/85

Passed into Law

H.R. 4170

Voted Yes, Roll Calls 272

Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 – 18% increase in the distilled spirits excise tax, extended telephone excise tax. Extend 22% excise tax on new crude discoveries, 10% tax on sport fishing equipment, increases 9 cent/gallon tax on diesel fuel to 15 cents/gallon

6/27/84

Passed into Law

H.R. 5159

Voted Yes, Roll Call 367

Increase coal tax from 50 cents/ton to $1/ton for coal mined underground, and from 25 to 50 cents/ton for surface mined coal.

12/16/81

Passed into Law

H.R. 11733

Voted Yes, Roll Call 849

Surface Transportation Assistance Act - Extended excise tax on fuel for 5 years, rather than allow it to expire as called for in prior legislation

9/28/78

 

H.R. 8235

Voted Yes, Roll Call 814

Extended excise tax on fuel for 5 years, rather than allow it to expire as called for in earlier legislation

12/18/75

Passed into Law

 

* Data incomplete; this is a work in progress. Visit often to review Don Young voting patterns as our research is further developed.

 

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