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Maine Gov Rejects Mayors' Budget Balancing Proposals
05/14/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

Gov. Paul LePage has rejected a proposal by a coalition of mayors to balance the budget without suspending revenue-sharing. The bi-partisan Mayors' Coalition - which represents a dozen Maine communities - says the $6.3 billion budget proposed by LePage would result in significant property tax increases for local residents and businesses. The mayors suggest, instead, a temporary sales tax increase from 5 percent to 6 percent, combined with a lodging tax increase, and comprehensive tax reform to balance sales, income and property taxes. The also suggest suspending income tax cuts enacted in the last session, which they say would save the state $350 million. Tom Porter has more.

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Mark Johnston has been the mayor of Saco for 16 of the last 24 years. He says now is not the time to suspend income tax cuts. Johnston talks about the issue with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.



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