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Ask Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) and Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) about the issues that are most important to you -- then vote and tell others! Watch the Florida Open Debate for U.S. Senate right here on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 pm EDT. All questions will be chosen from among those that receive the most votes online.
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What will you do to promote a true progressive income tax?

USA used to have this so those with more ability to pay do pay a progressively bigger share.

Submitted by: Phil H. from UT
April 21, 2016, 7:47 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What can be done to execute routine audits of the Pentagon?

The Pentagon has avoided audits of its expenditures for decades.

Submitted by: awakenkicking from WA
April 19, 2016, 9:38 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should taxpayers continue to fund sports stadiums in the future?

There is no evidence that new stadiums benefit local economies, but the Marlins (for one example) will end up costing the public over $2 billion in taxpayer funds over the life of the bonds.
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Submitted by: Joe C. from MO
April 19, 2016, 1:09 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Would you support an increase in FICA payroll taxes?

The current FICA payroll tax maxes out at just a little over $100k. Those who earn more can afford to pay a little more. Would you support this increase?

Submitted by: williams from FL
April 18, 2016, 5:24 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What are the things that you think are worth paying taxes for?

Government performs many functions. They are generally supported by taxes and fees. Hopefully we balance the accounts. Which government activities are most worthy of paying taxes for?

Submitted by: ardavenport from FL
April 24, 2016, 8:37 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How can we eliminate waste and redundancy within government programs?

Republicans want to reduce spending while democrats want to expand social programs. Is their a way to do both.

Submitted by: Bryan from OR
April 21, 2016, 3:18 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Do you support lifting the cap on Social Security?

The current SS Tax cap is a little above $106000. Removal of that cap would fund SS without draining monies from the general fund?

Submitted by: Will C. from FL
April 22, 2016, 3:06 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should the Federal Reserve be Abolished?

The Federal Reserve, chartered by Congress in 1913, is a privately held corporation.
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Submitted by: Al Fabeech from OH
April 21, 2016, 9:54 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Did you sign the Grover Norquist Tax pledge?

If not taxes, how do you plan to pay down the national debt?

Submitted by: jgmedlin from GA
April 20, 2016, 8:49 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget
Submitted by: Political Taproot from CA
April 22, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

With regard to the national debt, to whom do we owe the money?

Our national debt is calculated to be 10 to 14 trillion dollars.

Submitted by: levy001 from IL
April 19, 2016, 8:16 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Will you as FL-Sen offer tax subsidies or building contracts to Private Prisons?

Marco Rubio is the top recipient in the Senate of contributions from the private prison company GEO Group. As FL-Speaker, GEO was awarded a state government contract for a $110 million prison soon.
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Submitted by: NickDrake from FL
April 22, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What will you do to encourage public banking?

Public banking has been the foundation of U.S. prosperity. Private banking has gamed the financial system in the name of private profit. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (public) not Goldman Sachs.

Submitted by: demockracy from CA
April 21, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Will you stop minting coins, that cost more to produce than they are worth?

It costs 1.7 cents to make a penny, and 8 to make a nickel. It is also proven to be more cost effective to switch the main currency away from easily damaged bills, to coins.
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Submitted by: KenDSweeney from WI
April 21, 2016, 9:50 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should able bodied childless adults be required to work receive food stamps?

Given the success of the program in Maine & Kansas that require able bodied, childless adults to work in order to receive food stamps, would you support a similar program in Florida?

Submitted by: nichos from FL
April 19, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How do you propose to balance the budget?

All other issues become moot if we suddenly must pay our creditors all the money we owe--or if interest rates rise and we "only" must pay the interest.

Submitted by: fiscalcon/sociallib from IL
April 25, 2016, 1:19 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Are you willing to increase increase tax on people whose income exceed $250,000?

The Current tax rates place a heavier burden on lower and middle classes. Current tax rates place no burden at all on the top income people in our country. They can still maintain 6 or 8 homes.

Submitted by: Somebody from MI
April 20, 2016, 10:05 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Do you support a flat tax? What would be exempted?

If yes, should it apply to: Purchase/sale of real estate Purchase of professional services (legal, accounting, lobby) Purchase/sale of securities or insurance Resale of goods

Submitted by: Robert Mark from TX
April 22, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Would you remove the tax exempt status on religious institutions?

billions of dollars are lost annually due to religious institutions not being taxed as the business they are.

Submitted by: Rich from FL
April 21, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How would you provide greater oversight for privatized government services?

Privatized government services are often costlier and not held to the same standards as their counter parts. Is it acceptable to you that we pay more for inferior service and lower worker pay?

Submitted by: paul from OH
April 22, 2016, 6:36 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Would you vote to uphold the "death tax," even though the money was already taxed?

I have no problem with my taxes increasing in order that others are empowered. I am okay with dividend income being taxed. But, the death tax is "double or tripple dipping," and it isn't fair.

Submitted by: Julie T. from CA
April 25, 2016, 12:17 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Do you support reinstituting estate taxes on large estates?

The increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few families undermines democracy and creates an aristocracy antithetical to the American Dream.

Submitted by: AJH from NY
April 19, 2016, 10:55 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

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