Payne comes out against Scott’s GOP blueprint, says it would raise taxes on working families


U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) is coming out against U.S. Senator Rick Scott’s (R-FL) conservative blueprint if the GOP takes back the House and Senate this year, which Payne says would raise taxes on working families.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10). Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“People in Essex, Hudson and Union counties are struggling right now, and the last thing they need is Republicans taking money out of their pockets with a cruel, unnecessary and offensive tax increase on working-class folks,” Payne said in a statement.

“I was born and raised in the South Ward of Newark and I still live on the very same block, so I see the challenges low and middle-income people face every day trying to afford rent, food, medical care and other basic necessities … I can promise my constituents one thing – this Republican tax increase on working-class families will only happen over my dead body.”

Scott’s 11-point plan also includes completing the border wall and naming it after President Donald Trump (R), ending references to ethnicity on government forms, asserting there are two genders, and limiting term limiting Congress members and other federal workers to 12 years, as Politico reported.

Of course if Republicans take back the House, where Democrats have a nine-member majority, Scott’s proposal suddenly becomes viable.

Regardless of the outcome nationwide, the 10th Congressional District is about as Democratic as a voting block gets, with Payne currently favored against declared challengers Imani Oakley and Akil Khalfani.

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