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Maine House Strongly Endorses Revenue Sharing Bill
02/06/2014 02:24 PM ET  

The bill would use $21 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund and money from a projected revenue surplus to restore $40 million in revenue sharing funds to Maine cities and towns.

In an initial vote, the Maine House has given overwhelming approval to a bill that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing funds to the state's cities and towns. The vote on the measure was 114 to 21.

Supporters say if the bill fails, municipalities will be forced to raise property taxes to make up for the loss of state aid.

The bill stirred up controversy when the Democratic-dominated Appropriations Committee endorsed it with no GOP committee members present.

Democrats say Republican committee members deliberately walked out of the proceeding, but Republicans claim they left because they were told the vote would occur later.

But a majority of House Republicans today voted in favor of the bill, which would use $21 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund and money from a projected revenue surplus to restore the revenue sharing funds.

The bill faces more votes in the House and Senate.



 

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