|Dedicated to helping citizens of all generations understand how tax and spending policies affect them.||Home | Donate | RSS | Log in|
Over $600 Billion Separates Coleman, Franken Budget Proposals, Study of Campaigns' Platforms Shows
For Immediate Release October 30, 2008
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
(Alexandria, Va.) -- Minnesota Senate candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken have taken pains to contrast their styles of leadership, but what about the substance behind their platforms? The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) has some answers to this question, in a line-by-line analysis of Coleman's and Franken's federal budget proposals released today.
"It's said that campaign promises are made to be broken, but a candidate's words still provide powerful indicators of where he or she would steer the ship of state," NTUF Senior Policy Analyst Demian Brady said. "In the case of the Minnesota Senate contest, Norm Coleman and Al Franken appear to have charted measurably different courses for federal fiscal policy in years to come."
In preparing the study, NTUF reviewed the candidates' campaign Web sites and news reports to find any proposals that would impact the federal budget. Cost estimates come from a variety of independent sources, including Congressional Budget Office reports and data from NTUF's BillTally cost-accounting system, which since 1991 has computed a net annual agenda for each Member of Congress based on their sponsorship of bills. Among the findings:
The Minnesota Senate race is one of several that NTUF is analyzing, including Nebraska and New Mexico. Contests were selected on factors such as geographic diversity and perceived political significance. NTUF is the research arm of the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom at all levels. Note: The full candidate studies are available at www.ntu.org.