AUGUSTA – A new ad from Sara Gideon indicates Gideon would raise taxes on 9 out of every 10 Maine families if Gideon were elected to the U.S. Senate. In the ad, Gideon says she would repeal a federal tax reform law passed in 2017 that sharply reduced taxes on Maine’s middle-class and working families through lower income tax rates and larger deductions.
That position combined with Gideon’s well-known position on supporting a large increase on heating oil and gasoline and a new payroll tax Gideon proposed as Speaker, Mainers could expect much less money in their pockets if Gideon were to head to Washington with the power to vote on tax laws.
In the ad, Gideon’s voice stridently proclaims she will repeal the 2017 tax reform after attacking Senator Susan Collins for voting for the bill. Gideon appears to be trying to convince Mainers that they didn’t benefit from reform, despite mountains of data demonstrating that they did.
Mainers across the state this year are dealing with yet another round of property tax increases despite Gideon’s suggestion that she delivered a reduction in the property tax.
Gideon’s position on the federal tax reform law has become fodder for Team Collins on Twitter, with the staff of Senator Susan Collins highlighting exactly what Gideon repealing the tax reform law would mean for Maine families.
“A Maine worker earning between $50,000 and $75,000 a year would pay on average $1,400 more in taxes each year,” says on tweet,” said Team Collins in one tweet.
In a confusing twist, Gideon also claims she wants to “give” the tax cuts she says she will take away from the “middle class” to the “middle class” through some other mechanism she does not describe.
In all, Team Collins says the average working or middle-class Maine family would end up pay significantly more in federal income taxes per year under Gideon’s plan.
These tax increases do not include any additional tax increases Gideon might push forward, such as the 40 cent per gallon gas and heating oil tax increase, or a revival of the new payroll tax Gideon tried to push through the Maine Legislature.
If proposals like those were added to Gideon’s repeal of the tax reform law, the average tax increase on Maine families would increase even more sharply.