The following is from the Sept. 17, 2007, edition of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson was a source for this story.
By By ANNA M. TINSLEY
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
Nine months into their new congressional majority, some Democrats say it's time to make good on one of their campaign promises: Fixing the alternative minimum tax.
They say the tax, created nearly 40 years ago to make sure even the richest Americans paid taxes, is now unfairly reaching into the pockets of middle- and upper-middle-class families.
To change the tax, though, they might need to completely overhaul the tax code, said U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York.
"We have to look at the entire tax code to reach our goal of simplifying the code and ensure that the tax code instills some sense of fairness," Rangel said.
"Our overall objective should always be to improve the American economy and make it as strong and profitable as it can be."
For years, there has been talk of changing the tax code. But now that Democrats have a majority in Congress, some say they'll take a crack at revising the tax code -- or at least changing pieces of it.
"Both parties see the need for this," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "Right now, [Republicans] ... and Charles Rangel have different views on what tax reform would be appropriate and beneficial.
"They have everything on the table right now, but they'll need to bargain out a compromise that a majority can live with."
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