BRUNSWICK (Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012) — Cynthia Dill, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, told business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce forum today that her bipartisan work as a state legislator is helping small businesses in rural Maine and elsewhere.
She said her legislative record, and the pro-business record of the Democratic Party, will translate into a win in November.
“I come from a long line of business owners,” she said. “And the proudest achievement I have as a legislator was to pass legislation that led to the creation of the Three Ring Binder project to help rural Maine connect to the global economy.”
Dill noted that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce acknowledged the project as the best business infrastructure project in the country. Dill added that the Three Ring Binder — 1,100 miles of “middle-mile” fiber optic cable, funded by public money and administered by private companies — is “something I’m very proud of,” a project that led to jobs in rural Maine and is forward thinking in its approach.
“It’s really made a difference,” she told business leaders here. “Blueberry growers and fishermen used to have to come back and fill out, by hand, a form for the federal government — the same information day in and day out. Because of the work that I did in a bipartisan fashion in the Legislature, those forms are now online, and automated, and their productivity has increased.”
Touting her record as a civil rights attorney and state legislator who’s earned 100% ratings from core Democratic groups, Dill told the audience of 60 business leaders that the divide facing the country is “not between Republicans and Democrats, it’s the divide between the super-wealthy and the rest of us.”
A vote for her candidacy as U.S. Senator, she said, “ is a vote for the working people and the small businesses of Maine.
“What we need in the United State Senate is a Senator who’s going to join with President Obama and the Democrats to bring this country forward by enacting sensible policies for the middle class and small businesses.
“Hopefully, by now, there’s no dispute that tax cuts (for the wealthy) do not produce jobs,” she said.
Dill pointed to her legislative vote against a state budget that cut income taxes for the wealthiest Mainers. Those cuts, she said “were not paid for” and, as a result, Maine is scrambling now, “filling that hole by taking children and seniors off health insurance. That’s not the answer.”
“If you think about this economy, and where this country was during the Clinton Administration when taxes were higher, ask yourself: Was your business better off or worse? It was better, I’m sure, for most of you. Lowering taxes in the middle of two wars while deregulating Wall Street is not the answer.”
Dill said responsible tax reform includes enacting the Buffett Rule to prevent the super-wealthy from paying a lower effective tax rate than working-class people. She also supports extending Bush tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000, but not for earners above that annual income level.
Dill was the only person to speak about the struggles of families at the first forum where Maine’s U.S. Senate candidates spoke to a group. The event was sponsored by the Brunswick-based Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce.