As more and more Mainers call out her decision to put out-of-state corporations ahead of Maine businesses, Senator Collins is attempting to backtrack on her vote for the 2017 GOP tax giveaway that created a marriage penalty for Maine families.
Collins herself has admitted that the tax bill she supported created a “bias against marriage” and that families in Maine “could be financially better off not getting married.” But her superficial effort to cover for the vote has received no support from her party’s leadership and zero co-sponsors, leading to dim prospects of it ever doing anything to help families who have been hurt by the penalty that she supported in the first place.
This is just the latest promise to Mainers that Senator Collins has broken for the sake of the GOP tax giveaway. In 2017, Collins promised that she wouldn’t vote for the tax bill without first passing legislation to keep health care costs down. Instead, Collins voted for the tax bill with no protections in place, and Mainers were hit with double digit premium increases.
In addition to creating a marriage penalty for Maine families and increasing health care premiums, the GOP tax scam that Collins supported gave away billions to big corporations, sparked a lawsuit that would end coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and is adding nearly $2 trillion to the national debt — threatening the Social Security and Medicare that Mainers rely on. Senator Collins can try to cover up the consequences of her actions, but the truth won’t change- the GOP tax giveaway hurt Mainers and she voted for it anyway.