For Immediate Release: December 1, 2017
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MAINE GOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF
AUGUSTA--Today, upon Senate passage of its version of tax relief, Maine Republican Party executive director Jason Savage released the following statement:
"Our hats are off to Senator Collins for helping move this challenging process along, despite the unfair and misleading attacks being made by outside special interest groups. The bill the Senate passed today contains many family-friendly, worker-friendly, and small business-friendly reforms--despite what dishonest critics say. The bill the Senate passed is not final, but represents progress in improving the tax code--Thank you Senator Collins.
Sadly but not surprisingly, Senator King yet again followed Chuck Schumer's Democrat strategy of 'do nothing but oppose Republicans'. Despite decades of telling Mainers he is an 'independent', King is anything but. Angus King's time in Washington, D.C. has only made that more clear. He had an opportunity to move the process along to try and benefit Maine, but instead he voted to kill progress dead in its tracks--revealing he is a Democrat in every way but the letter after his name.
Moving ahead, we have confidence Senator Collins will continue the fight to ensure a final tax relief bill is good for Maine and the small businesses we in this state rely on.
We are proud that Maine's two Republicans in Congress support taking less money from the pockets of hard-working Americans and simplifying the tax code. Sadly, we are not surprised that Angus King and Chellie Pingree think the complicated tax code and high tax rates are just fine."
Tax Reform Bill in Senate Includes Improvements Rep. Poliquin Strongly Supports
The tax reform package will double the standard deduction for the average Maine family and retain the highest rate for top earners
WASHINGTON – A comprehensive tax reform proposal, which will double the standard deduction for the average Maine family and retain the highest tax rate for top earners, had improvements made to it by Senator Susan Collins (ME) and others that Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) strongly supports. Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“Mainers deserve a tax break,” said Congressman Bruce Poliquin. “We’re going to deliver it to them.
“Earlier this month, I voted to move the tax proposal forward in the House, trusting the Senate would continue to work on it and improve it. Now, they are doing their work, like we did in the House.
“My colleague Senator Collins helped to make improvements to this proposal that I strongly support and that will benefit Maine families and small businesses, such as retaining the medical expense deduction and improving the provision dealing with historic tax credits. Senator Collins and I have both said there are problems with ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act, that we need to fix, and I’m pleased this new law starts to fix those problems.
“As the Senate works to finalize and vote on this tax reform proposal, I look forward to continuing our work, across the aisle and across the Capitol, to finish this landmark tax reform proposal to help our Maine families keep more of their hard-earned money and to giving our small businesses—the backbone of Maine’s economy—relief so they can grow and create more jobs for our fellow Mainers.”
U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ERIC BRAKEY STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF
AUGUSTA--Today, upon Senate passage of its version of tax relief, Maine State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Brakey made the following statement:
"Angus King has reached new heights of hypocrisy in his opposition to tax reform. Refusing to work in a bi-partisan manner, King obstructs with cheap Washington swamp tactics. Rather than explaining why he opposes tax cuts for Maine people, he balks at the process, saying there hasn't been enough discussion... even though tax reform has been discussed and worked in committee for the last seven years.
"The truth that far-left partisans like Angus King want us to ignore is this: tax reform will deliver real tax relief to Maine people. Thankfully for Maine, this important Tax Reform bill will pass regardless of King's disingenuous grandstanding, and Maine people have the opportunity next November to replace Angus King with a senator who will protect their paychecks, not DC special interests."