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To the Editor:

In the wee morning hours of Dec. 20, Sen. Susan Collins voted along party lines in favor of the Republican tax bill. Rep. Bruce Poliquin followed with an affirmative vote later in the day.

The vote to approve the 2017 tax bill is a slap in the face to Mainers who elected both to represent and protect the interests of our state and nation. There is nothing conservative about creating a $1.5 trillion deficit during an improving economy — especially without tangible benefits like improvements to infrastructure, education and health care.

Republicans in Congress showed their hands when filling the bill with amendments that ultimately will result in their personal enrichment. From real estate to fossil fuel holdings, the rich in Congress made themselves richer.

In 2015, Collins was ranked 42nd in the Senate with a net worth of more than $3.7 million. That’s quite a jump from her 2011 ranking of 90th with a net worth of $204,000. Poliquin, ranked 47th in the House, is firmly ensconced in the 1 percent with a net worth of more than $11.6 million. (Source: Center for Responsive Politics)

On the day of this vote, I emailed the following questions to both Collins and Poliquin: “How will your vote positively affect your net worth?” and “How do you justify your benefit?”

I’ve asked for a real answer to these questions, not a form letter telling me how trickle-down economics will work for Maine. I eagerly await their responses.

Gail Leiser

Bar Harbor

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