2006-10-27 / Community

Weiner Gets Top Rating From Tax Group

In newly released rankings of members of Congress, Representative Anthony Weiner received a 100% rating from Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), earning him the label of "Taxpayers' Friend." This year's 'A' grade marks the sixth consecutive year that Weiner has received a perfect score. The organization, which advocates fair taxes for middle and low-income families, gave Weiner its highest ranking for consistently defending tax fairness and fiscal responsibility. The score is based upon Congressman Weiner's opposition to the Bush tax cuts, opposition to corporate tax cuts and his vote against repealing the estate tax.

While Weiner has consistently opposed the harmful fiscal policies of the Bush Administration, the Congressman recently released his own tax plan to reduce taxes on the middle class and those aspiring to get there.

Unveiled last July, the Weiner plan would restore progressivity to the tax code by enacting a 10% tax cut for families making less than $150,000 annually. Under the Weiner plan, 2.7 million New Yorkers - 79% of New York tax filers - will see their taxes reduced by an average of $934. The plan is paid for with a 7% surcharge on incomes over $1 million and a 10% surcharge on incomes over $1 billion.

The plan also fixes the AMT which has saddled many middle class New Yorkers with a dramatically higher tax bill. In addition, the Weiner plan creates a new zero tax bracket for those making under $25,000.

"The active tax policies of the recent years have saddled America and New York with an increasingly regressive tax code that has contributed to a widening gap between the rich and everyone else," Weiner said. "It's time we changed this. It's time we gave the middle class a real tax cut. It's time we restored progressivity and fairness. It's time we created a zero tax bracket for those struggling to make it. And it's time we gave parents a bigger break as they raise their kids." Citizens for Tax Justice, founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation. CTJ's mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws.

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