Catherine Hanaway on Tuesday promised to fight “any and all” tax increases if she becomes Missouri’s next governor.
Hanaway, a Republican and former speaker of the Missouri House, said she had signed the “taxpayer protection pledge” of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom and Americans for Tax Reform.
In doing so, she pledges to oppose all efforts to increase taxes.
“Tax week is a reminder to all Missourians that every dollar their government takes from them in taxes is one less dollar that goes towards their American dream,” said Hanaway.
“As speaker of the House, I fought and successfully defeated multiple tax increase proposals by a tax-and-spend liberal governor (Bob Holden). As governor, I will fight any and all tax increase proposals because I believe that government should tax citizens less and spend taxpayer money more effectively.”
The pledge is controversial because it limits Hanaway’s range of options should she confront a serious financial crisis during her term.
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist praised Hanaway’s move.
“By signing the pledge, Hanaway has signaled that she is ready to stand up for Missouri taxpayers. Missouri has a bright future ahead if lawmakers can continue to build on the hard fought legislative successes of the past two years where Republican leaders stood up to the tax-and-spend policies of Gov. Nixon,” he said.
The announcement of Hanaway’s pledge is yet another sign that her campaign is beginning to re-emerge following the death of former state Auditor Tom Schweich. The Hanaway campaign went dormant publicly in the weeks following the tragedy.