Collins touts record during Waterville campaign stop

Sen. Susan Collins was joined on the campaign trail in Waterville Friday with South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott. Scott wrote legislation Collins supported creating “Opportunity Zones:” tax incentives to spur development in lower-income cities like Waterville, which led to $7 million to improve roads and the city’s riverwalk.The senators visited a Portland Pie Company franchise that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program Collins co-created after the coronavirus outbreak started. Owner Pat Mulligan told News 8 the $130,000 helped him keep his doors open and staff of 30 employed. Collins’ calling card is her seniority in Washington. She said that enabled her to direct $25 million in transportation funds to replace a bridge connecting Waterville and Winslow. Later, she was asked why she thinks President Trump trails Joe Biden in Maine polls. “I think perhaps his style is not what Maine people are used to in their leaders. It’s certainly very different from my own,” Collins said. “That does not take away from some of the economic accomplishments the president has had.” One of those accomplishments, as Collins sees it, is the 2017 Trump tax cut she voted for. She says it brought relief to 90% of Maine taxpayers. Her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, says the tax cut benefited mostly wealthy people in other states and corporations who saw their tax rate go down from 35 to 21%. Gideon also said Friday that vote put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. “We see people losing health care along with their paycheck, and we see this president and national Republicans push forward to remove health care from millions more.” Gideon said.Collins is telling News 8 that’s a “ridiculous” argument.The tax law repealed the ACA’s mandate that everyone buy insurance, and she opposed that because it penalized people who couldn’t afford insurance.The issue is at heart of a Supreme Court argument about the act which is scheduled after Election Day.

Sen. Susan Collins was joined on the campaign trail in Waterville Friday with South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott. Scott wrote legislation Collins supported creating “Opportunity Zones:” tax incentives to spur development in lower-income cities like Waterville, which led to $7 million to improve roads and the city’s riverwalk.

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The senators visited a Portland Pie Company franchise that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program Collins co-created after the coronavirus outbreak started. Owner Pat Mulligan told News 8 the $130,000 helped him keep his doors open and staff of 30 employed.

Collins’ calling card is her seniority in Washington. She said that enabled her to direct $25 million in transportation funds to replace a bridge connecting Waterville and Winslow.

Later, she was asked why she thinks President Trump trails Joe Biden in Maine polls.

“I think perhaps his style is not what Maine people are used to in their leaders. It’s certainly very different from my own,” Collins said. “That does not take away from some of the economic accomplishments the president has had.”

One of those accomplishments, as Collins sees it, is the 2017 Trump tax cut she voted for. She says it brought relief to 90% of Maine taxpayers.

Her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, says the tax cut benefited mostly wealthy people in other states and corporations who saw their tax rate go down from 35 to 21%. Gideon also said Friday that vote put the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy.

“We see people losing health care along with their paycheck, and we see this president and national Republicans push forward to remove health care from millions more.” Gideon said.

Collins is telling News 8 that’s a “ridiculous” argument.

The tax law repealed the ACA’s mandate that everyone buy insurance, and she opposed that because it penalized people who couldn’t afford insurance.

The issue is at heart of a Supreme Court argument about the act which is scheduled after Election Day.