Corporations in Maine and this country have used public investments in education, health and infrastructure to get where they are. Much of the public is now poor and fighting.
It is time for big companies to pay their fair share instead of the rest of the population holding hands.
Maine cut corporate taxes in 2018, draining resources that help build strong communities and common prosperity. Maine’s infrastructure has also been neglected. These companies use the same roads as us. You’re just not paying a fair amount for them.
Imagine making a little over $ 1,100 a month and paying almost half your income on rent. Without the pandemic, I’d try to survive on $ 19 a month in SNAP benefits. Poor Mainers don’t live; We hardly survive. But big companies like Amazon and Walmart are doing better than ever.
I’m trying to imagine a Maine where everyone has financial security. People would make a living instead of working 40 hours a week and still living below the poverty line. Every Mainer would have a guaranteed home. Our K-12 schools would be fully funded. Our children wouldn’t owe a student loan home just to get a good education. Hunger would be a thing of the past because there would be no food insecurity.
We could get some or all of these investments here in Maine by raising the corporate tax rate and closing tax loopholes.
Gina Morin, Auburn
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Cartoon for Friday April 2nd
Leonard Pitts Jr .: “A change is coming”