Washington must balance our budget through fiscal discipline, not raising taxes on hardworking South Dakota families and small businesses. The paycheck you earn belongs to you, not the government. That is why I believe we should let taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money while forcing Washington to start living within its means.

I voted to stop the historic tax increase scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012 by extending current tax rates for all Americans. Raising taxes while our economy is still recovering is the wrong thing to do.

I also continue to support full repeal of the unfair death tax. The death tax hurts family farms, ranches and small businesses at the worst possible time, something I know first-hand. Death simply should not be a taxable event.

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