This story contains a correction. See Editor's Note below:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Gov. Paul LePage's proposed state budget includes a change that would increase the tax bill of the average Mainer by $39 over the next two years.
The Portland Press Herald reports the increase would result from a two-year suspension of the state's indexing of the individual tax rate. Indexing takes inflation into account in calculating taxes.
The proposal in the governor's two-year, $6.3 billion budget for the two fiscal years beginning July 1 would bring a projected increase of more than $8.6 million in state income tax collections during that span, and an estimated $1.5 million in subsequent years.
State finance officials say that if the plan is approved , average Mainers who pay income taxes will pay $39 more over the next two years, $13 the first year and $26 in the second.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said that the governor's proposed budget would increase the tax bill of the average Mainer by $49 over the next two years.