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CONTACT: Dana Loncar
September 26, 2018
Stephanie Murphy Votes Against Tax Relief
Mike Miller Votes to Cut Taxes
Orlando, FL – In the Congressional campaign to represent Seminole and part of Orange County there is a stark difference between the candidates – incumbent Stephanie Murphy and challenger Mike Miller. Stephanie Murphy voted against major tax relief that is benefitting middle class citizens, while Mike Miller voted numerous times to cut taxes.
When Congresswoman Murphy had a chance to vote for the major tax cut bill (HR 1, 12/20/17), that provided tax relief for her constituents, she sided with Nancy Pelosi instead, and voted against tax relief.
Rep. Mike Miller strongly supports keeping taxes low for Central Floridians. He voted to cut taxes four times in the Florida Legislature including tax holidays for back to school and hurricane preparation, along with property tax cuts for homeowners (HB-7099, 3/11/16, HB-7109, 5/8/17, HB 7087, 4/5/18).
“Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy didn’t believe Central Florida families deserved these hard-earned raises and bonuses and chose liberal Nancy Pelosi over those that elected her,” said Miller. “I want voters to know that I will support policies that help American families by keeping taxes low so businesses can plan for their future, and employees can continue to benefit from our strong economy.”
After Congress passed tax reform in January, Rep. Miller thanked the Central Florida companies that provided one time bonuses, wage increases, and other benefits to their employees, and vowed to continue supporting policy that encourages economic prosperity.
Some of the Central Florida companies that provided bonuses, wage increases, and other benefits include:
AT&T – giving $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and will invest $1 billion
in the U.S. in 2018.
Comcast/NBC Universal – awarding $1,000 bonuses to 100,000 frontline and nonexecutive employees and expects to spend more than $50 billion on infrastructure investment over the next five years.
Darden – spending more than $20 million on employees
Southwest Airlines – paying $1,000 to every full-time and part-time employee and will give $5 million to charities and buy more aircraft from Boeing which builds all its planes.
Walmart – increasing starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, pay a onetime cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits.
Fifth Third Bank – increasing its hourly minimum wage to $15 for U.S. employees.
Wells Fargo –increasing its minimum wage for U.S. employees from $13.50 to $15 and spend $400 million on donations to nonprofits and community organizations in 2018.
American Airlines – giving each of 130,000 employees a bonus, a total cost of about $130 million.
BB&T – giving $1,200 bonuses for 27,000 employees; base wage will rise from $12 to $15 per hour; $100 million in charitable donations.
Regions Financial Corporation – providing a base wage increase to $15 per hour, $40 million in charitable donations, and $100 million in capital expenditures.
Bank of America – paying $1,000 bonuses to roughly 145,000 employees.