Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton confirmed she plans to raise taxes by at least $1 trillion dollars during an interview with New York Daily News released Monday.
The former secretary of state proposed a slew of new hikes – including a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions to raise $350 billion for college subsides. Through “business tax reform,” she said she plans to bring in $275 billion for infrastructure purposes and plans to raise somewhere between $400 and $500 billion in revenue by eliminating certain deductions, raising the estate tax, capital gains tax and implementing the “Buffett Rule,” meaning anyone making over $1 million a year will face at least a 30 percent tax rate.
Read clips from the transcript below:
Clinton: I have connected up my proposals for the kind of investments I want to make with the taxes that I think have to be raised. So on individual pieces of my agenda, I try to demonstrate clearly that I have a way for paying for paid family leave, for example, for debt-free tuition. So I would spend about $100 billion a year. And I think it’s affordable, and I think it’s a smart way to make investments, to go back to our economic discussion, that will contribute to growing the economy.
Now I’m well aware that this is a heavy lift. I understand that. But I think connecting what I’m asking for to the programs, to the outcomes and results that I’m calling for give me a stronger hand, and that’s how I’m going to go at it.
Daily News: So if I understand you correctly, if you look at your proposals for college costs and for family leave, for infrastructure investments…
Clinton: Well, that’s a little bit different, because infrastructure investment, I’m still looking at how we fund the National Infrastructure Bank. It may be repatriation. That’s one theory, or something else. It’s about $100 billion a year.
Daily News: A hundred billion a year, so that comes out to about a trillion dollars…
Clinton: Over ten.
Americans for Tax Reform said the projection will likely be higher than the former first lady accounts for in the interview as it doesn’t factor in her planned hike on capital gains, tax on stock trading or her proposal to prevent corporate inversions.
The Tax Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan think thank, said Clinton’s plan to increase marginal tax rates would reduce “incentives to work, save and invest,” and would make the tax code more complex.
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