To the Editor:
As a social worker, I am tasked with locating available social welfare programs for those who need them. These include housing assistance, open beds at psychiatric hospitals, and substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, to name a few.
Yet the current political climate at both the federal and state levels is constantly clamoring to cut more from the social welfare system while increasing welfare given to corporations.
For instance, General Dynamics, the parent corporation of Bath Iron Works (BIW), is the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world. It ranks 90th on the most recent list of Fortune 500 companies; from the late 1990s to the present, it has climbed from 375th on the Fortune 500 list to 90th, with repeated infusions from tax breaks and subsidies over the years. BIW is recognized as one of the most profitable of the company’s divisions. A bill, LD 1781, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath), would give BIW another $60 million from Maine taxpayers.
Corporations such as General Dynamics do not need our hard-earned tax payers dollars, especially after the recent federal corporate tax giveaway, but real people do. I am urging my Maine elected officials to vote against LD 1781 and put that money to work for the citizens of Maine in need.
Starr C. Gilmartin