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LePage Budget Proposal Draws Fire
02/28/2011 12:13 PM ET  

A left-leaning think tank says the proposal forces Maine's working families to bear the brunt of budget cuts, while giving huge tax breaks to the state's wealthy.

As the Legislature's Appropriations Committee today tackles Gov. Paul LePage's new budget, the left-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy says the proposal needs a major correction.

Spokesman Mark Sullivan says, as proposed, the LePage budget demands most of its sacrifices from working families, seniors, retired teachers and state employees, while giving huge tax breaks to Maine's wealthy.

 "The budget cuts property tax relief for working families, but it gives Maine's wealthiest--one percent of households, those earning over $360,000--a $2,700 tax cut," he says.

Sullivan says there are alternatives, but not all of the options are "on the table" right now. Specifically, Sullivan says the state could change the income level at which the top tax rate kicks in, expand and make refundable the state's earned income tax credit, and provide more robust property tax relief.

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