Will Betsy Markey Hike Taxes on MicroPhage Workers in Longmont?
Will Congresswoman Betsy Markey Hike Taxes on MicroPhage Workers in Longmont?
New Obama healthcare plan endangers 7,969 Colorado jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Buried in the latest government healthcare plan proposed by President Obama is a new tax on medical device manufacturers, who make everything from prosthetic limbs to pacemakers. The bill imposes a new tax of $2 billion per year (rising to $3 billion in 2017) on the industry. Congresswoman Betsy Markey will have a chance to vote on this bill later this year.
This new tax will particularly hit the MicroPhage facility in Longmont, Colorado. It employs 25 people—workers who may find themselves with a pink slip instead of a paycheck if this jobs-killing tax hike goes through.
“Washington politicians like to talk about jobs, but speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama want to raise taxes on the medical device industry that will kill jobs,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Congresswoman Betsy Markey can talk all she wants. Now she has a choice to vote with the Democrat leadership and kill jobs in Colorado or summon the courage to vote against the Democrat leadership and protect those jobs.”
Statewide, there are 7,969 employees working for the medical device industry. One out of every 280 workers in Colorado is employed in the medical device industry. The average medical device worker in Colorado earns $44,100, higher than the state average of $35,500. Statewide, there were $2,602,314 million in medical device sales in Colorado in the latest reporting year.
Congresswoman Betsy Markey VOTED AGAINST this same tax hike just last year. How will the Congresswoman vote this time?