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Reader's view: Would Mills remove exemption on tax?

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Reader's view: Would Mills remove exemption on tax?
Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

Unlike his fellow Republicans Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, who each supported a progressive income tax with higher rates on higher incomes made possible by the 16th amendment to the Constitution, Stewart Mills favors a flat tax with the same rates on all incomes.  

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Mills, who’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, also says he wants to save Social Security. At present all income over $117,000 per year is exempt from the

6.2 percent payroll tax that supports Social Security. By eliminating this exemption and instituting a flat 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax on all income, we could save Social Security. And that would be consistent with Mills’ flat-tax principle.  

Would candidate Mills support removing this high-income exemption? My guess is the answer to that question would be no.

Richard Hudelson

Duluth

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