When a ‘tax increase’ is actually a tax cut

In a release this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) says Nunnelee, in 1996, “sponsored a bill to increase income tax rates and optional standard deductions according to changes in the U.S. inflation rate.”

What that bill cited actually did, though, was increase tax brackets according to inflation. That translates to a tax cut, rather than an increase. The bill at the time was being pushed by GOP Gov. Kirk Fordice, in order to reduce state income tax rates.

DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson said Friday that the mistake in the committee’s release was a minor error in an otherwise iron-clad case against Nunnelee’s record.

The Hill
1/29/10