As the bills for Floridians’ taxes come due today, Bill Sauers, president of the Florida Alliance For Retired Americans, is calling out Rick Scott and Marco Rubio’s plans to raise taxes on Florida seniors and threaten their retirement benefits. In a new op-ed for the Palm Beach Post, Sauers slams the two for pursuing their own self-serving political agendas at the expense of millions of Florida seniors.
So imagine my surprise when I saw that Senator Rick Scott recently introduced a plan for the Republican Party that would raise taxes on nearly half of all Americans, forcing seniors and working class families to pay more when they file their taxes every year. His plan also includes provisions that could sunset Medicare and Social Security, jeopardizing the health care and retirement benefits that millions of Florida seniors have spent their entire lives earning.
When others pointed out how much of a disaster his agenda would be for seniors across our state, Scott went on TV to double down on his plan. The wealthiest member of Congress, with a net worth of more than $200 million, told working Floridians and retirees that they’re not paying their fair share.
Our other Senator, Marco Rubio, has been too weak to rule out Scott’s agenda. It’s no mystery why Rubio won’t disavow Scott’s plan: he advocates cuts to Social Security and Medicare. He’s even gone so far as to say Republicans should look into cutting these essential programs to help pay for the $1.9 trillion tax cut that he voted for as a handout to wealthy corporations.
Rubio and Scott represent more seniors than almost any other U.S. senator. But instead of backing plans to deal with the real problems retirees are facing — from high healthcare costs to rising rent to fraud schemes targeting seniors — they’re leaving us behind.
No one enjoys filing their taxes, but Floridians should take note: if Rick Scott gets his way, Tax Day in the future could be a lot more painful.