Last Week in Maine’s Second District
Welcome to my weekly rundown. Here’s the latest on what I’ve been working on for Mainers in the Second District:
Fighting Tax Giveaways to the Wealthy
Some in Congress are proposing a new tax provision that would lift the cap for State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions. I wrote to leaders in the House to urge them to reject these plans. Here’s why:
According to the Center for American Progress, under this plan:
On top of that, lifting the SALT cap has also been estimated to cost the government over $88 billion, money that could be used to lower health care costs, expand the Child Tax Credit, or shore up Medicare for future generations. Those priorities are more important than giving the wealthy a tax cut.
You can read the letter on my website.
My Thoughts on How to Improve the Build Back Better Proposal
My team and I have been poring over the draft reconciliation bill passed by the House Budget Committee, also called the Build Back Better proposal. Over the past few weeks, I’ve worked to show my constituents what we’re finding in the proposal, how I’m weighing the pros and cons, and some of the problems I am trying to solve as the legislation is negotiated. With that in mind, I wrote an open letter to provide an update and share more details on many of the issues I’m working to address, including aspects of the:
- Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit
- Child Care Assistance Provisions
- Energy and Climate Provisions
- Taxes on Businesses and the Wealthy
- Medicare Expansion and Prescription Drug Reform
It’s long, but I hope you will take the time to read through it. You can read the whole thing here.
Progress on a New Vets’ Mental Health Facility at Togus
Last year, I led the Maine congressional delegation to secure a new long-term substance use and mental health facility for Maine veterans. Currently, veterans who need this kind of care have to go out of state and wait for months to get treatment far from their family and friends.
We're announcing this week that the design for the new 13,000 square foot facility, bringing us an important step closer to delivering this critical care close to home. We’ll keep the pressure on to get shovels in the ground as soon as possible.
As always, I want to hear from you about these issues and others that are important to working people in our district. Please feel free to reach out to our offices with any suggestions, comments, ideas, or concerns you have.
- Bangor Office: 6 State Street, Bangor ME 04401.
Phone: (207) 249-7400
- Caribou Office: 7 Hatch Drive, Suite 230, Caribou ME 04736.
Phone: (207) 492-6009
- Lewiston Office: 179 Lisbon Street, Lewiston ME 04240.
Phone: (207) 241-6767
- Washington Office: 1222 Longworth HOB, Washington DC 20515.
Phone: (202) 225-6306
It is my pleasure to serve you in Congress. Please continue to provide me with your crucial perspective and experiences.
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Jared F. Golden
Member of Congress
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