For Immediate Release: 2/10/17
AUGUSTA – The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and the Taxation Committee held a joint public hearing Friday on portions of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal that would affect income taxes. The governor’s budget would cause sharp property tax increases for hundred of thousands of Mainers and effectively ignores the results of Question 2, Stand Up for Students.
Question 2, as passed by Maine voters in the November 2016 election, fulfills the state’s commitment to pay for 55% of education costs through a 3% surcharge on income over $200,000.
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“Democrats will never sign off on a budget that increases property and sales taxes for working Mainers, while shortchanging our schools and communities. We need a transformational plan for Maine’s economy that involves pulling together people, instead of pitting them against each other. Maine deserves real leadership and a budget that prioritizes increasing jobs, reducing property taxes, fixing crumbling infrastructure, revitalizing rural communities and improving education. ”
Rep. Drew Gattine, chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee released the following statement:
“The budget should make sure Mainers have more affordable healthcare, not less. We know that the governor’s proposal won’t lead to better schools, better paying jobs or stronger communities. We know that his current proposal will lead to an increase in property taxes for middle-class Mainers. And we know that the current proposal would leave cash-strapped municipalities struggling. That’s what we learned today and that’s what we’ll remember as we continue our work.”