FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Helena, MT – Yesterday, Senator Steve Daines expressed concerns about the expanded unemployment benefits being too high, claiming that there are “incentives right now where you can make more money being unemployed than employed.” This isn’t the first time Daines has characterized these crucial benefits helping out-of-work Montanans stay afloat as being too “generous.”
For out-of-work Montanans, Daines is making sure they don’t get too much help during this unprecedented crisis – but for his wealthy and well-connected friends, the sky’s the limit.
In 2017, Daines championed the Republican tax plan that overwhelmingly benefited the “extremely wealthy and corporations” and following its passage big corporations made record-high stock buybacks — with relatively little of their benefits going to workers. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Daines supported a corporate slush fund without strong protections to prevent corporations from using funds to boost CEO bonuses or buy back stocks.
“When it comes to delivering for Montanans in need, Steve Daines is penny pinching, but for his wealthy friends, money is no object” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Come November, Montanans will elect a new Senator who puts their priorities first, not those of corporate donors.”
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