A group of 10 constituents met with Rep. Elise Stefanik Friday, March 3. While grateful for the opportunity to speak with her, we're disappointed she will not meet with her constituents in town hall meetings in the future.
We asked Ms. Stefanik what she would do to get Trump to release his taxes since she has publicly called for him to do so. She stated, "I'm going to lead by example (referring to the release of her own taxes) and look at all legislation." Earlier this week, Stefanik’s procedural vote killed any chance for the House to force Trump to release his tax returns. If she can't be trusted to stand by her original statement on this issue, how can we trust her, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, to do the right thing when it comes to a full national security investigation of Trump's ties to Russia?
When asked about lowering taxes on the wealthiest individuals, Stefanik said she was in favor of anything that would help these "job creators." The fact of the matter is a significant number of these "job creators" inherited most of their wealth, are investors and hedge fund managers and live off the interest from their wealth and investments. We have seen no data that these individuals create jobs. There is simply no evidence that a reduction in taxes for the wealthiest individuals improves the financial stability of the working and middle class (if anything, there is proof of just the opposite). Stefanik also said she would favor lowering the "pass through tax" which would, for example, lower Donald Trump's taxes by $7 million per year.
We hope to continue this dialogue, Ms. Stefanik, in the future. We appreciate the time you spent with us.
Stephen Baratta, Glens Falls