A recent Maine Democratic Party press conference drew attention to U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s pattern of dodging tax rules, and our own Myrick Freeman of Georgetown was there and let his voice be heard.

“The Associated Press recently brought to light the fact that Bruce Poliquin paid his taxes late 41 times, including 31 within the last ten years,” said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. “Perhaps we should not be all that surprised given that Poliquin abused a program intended for commercial foresters to get away with paying only $21 in taxes on his 10-acre oceanfront property in 2010.

Myrick Freeman III, a retired professor of economics at Bowdoin College and a resident of the Town of Georgetown, spoke specifically to Poliquin’s abuse of the tree growth exemption, which he said was of even “greater moral or ethical significance” than Poliquin’s late tax payments. Freeman called Poliquin’s withdrawal from the Tree Growth program “a tacit admission that the land should never have been placed” in the program in the first place.

Freeman said, “I am here today to describe Congressman Poliquin’s abuse of the State’s Tree Growth Law to substantially reduce his property tax obligation on his beautiful ocean-front residence in Georgetown and to tell the people of the 2nd Congressional District the same thing that his neighbors in Georgetown have known for at least four years: Bruce Poliquin is only looking out for one person – himself – at the expense of everyone else.”

“As chairman of the tax committee, I work hard to make tax laws that are fair to everyone, not just people on the top like Wall Street millionaire Bruce Poliquin,” said Maine State Rep. Adam Goode, who represents a portion of Bangor and serves as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. “Bruce Poliquin repeatedly paid his taxes late then tried to justify his mistake by saying that regular Mainers wouldn’t understand how business taxes work. That’s the same Wall Street mentality that caused our economy to collapse: the one percent thinking the rules shouldn’t apply to them.”

 

“I’ve been a mill worker in Bucksport for 41 years,” said Emery Deabay, a resident of the 2nd Congressional District, in a written statement. “I would have been here [at the press conference] today but I am one of the lucky few mill workers still with a job and had to be at work today. The fact is I am upset because I don’t think it’s right that my congressman, Bruce Poliquin, is so focused on looking out for himself that he doesn’t play by the rules. I’ve always tried to pay my taxes on time, but at the times I was a little late, it wasn’t because I was trying to hang on to my money, it was because I didn’t have money. That’s not Bruce Poliquin’s problem. Bruce Poliquin is a Wall Street millionaire who abused the Tree Growth Tax Program so that he could pay just $21 on his 10-acre oceanfront property.”

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