To The Editor:

 

The United States House of Representatives recently passed a 440-page bill, in just two weeks, with the support of Representative Bruce Poliquin.  The November 16th issue of the Washington Post stated:

 “Big businesses win. The House bill cuts the top rate that large corporations pay from 35 percent to 20 percent, the biggest one-time drop in the big-business tax rate ever. It is a permanent change that does not expire.”

 “The rich do very well.  The estate tax, which is paid only when property and other assets worth over $5.5 million are passed on to heirs, doubles to about $11 million in 2018.  And the estate tax goes away entirely in 2024.” 

By 2018, many deductions will be eliminaated including:  medical expenses, student loan interest, tax preparation fees, including many others.  After 2022, “more and more people start to jump from the 12 percent tax bracket to the 25 percent bracket …. Overall, the Tax Policy Center found that half the benefits of the bill go to the top 1 percent by 2027.”

 This tax bill will greatly benefit those whose incomes far exceed the vast majority of Representative Bruce Poliquin’s constituents.  His vote on tax legislation is the latest example of his continued failure to represent Maine’s 2nd District.  The values and beliefs of the hard-working people of Maine are not reflected by Representative Poliquin’s record.  Mainer’s deserve better.  Join me in voting for change in 2018!

Beth Clifford

Perry