GHENT — Veterans and the Columbia County Republican Party dominated remarks by U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro at the 60th annual Lincoln Award Dinner at Kozel’s Restaurant on Thursday.
In an after-dinner media interview arranged with Molinaro, he was asked about contraception and taxation. Attendees did not ask about contraception and taxation and they did not come up in Molinaro’s dinner-time remarks.
A federal court in Texas might block women’s access to Mifepristone, commonly known as the abortion pill. According to the FDA, Mifepristone has been used by about 5 million people since it was approved in 2000, and major medical experts says it has a strong safety record. It induces what is essentially a miscarriage, and there can be complications.
“I supported accessing contraception as a member of the state Assembly,” Molinaro said. “I voted to have that drug approved for over-the-counter use and, so, from my perspective, we certainly want to ensure that women and families have access to both the contraception and care that they desperately want.”
Another pressing issue is whether or not the wealthy should be taxed at a higher rate.
According to a White House study conducted in 2021, the wealthiest 400 billionaire families in the United States paid an average federal individual tax rate of 8.2%. In comparison, the average American taxpayer paid 13%.
“I’ve said this before, but I don’t think America and the federal government have a revenue problem. They have a spending problem,” Molinaro said. “While there are so many that want us to confront the issues of America financial conditions, first by talking about taxes, I’d like us to talk about responsibility for taxpayers’ money and not taking it from taxpayers to begin with. I always fought for middle class and working class tax relief. As a member of the state Assembly I voted for the largest middle-class tax cut in 40 years and as a County Executive I delivered 12 years of tax cuts to middle-class families. My priority is to ensure that middle-class families and working families get the tax relief that they deserve.”
This story has been updated with additional details from Molinaro Communications Director Daniel Kranz.
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