Maine’s Veterans’ Pension Income Tax Exemption – FAQ

Our nation’s veterans earned our respect through a career of public service and sacrifice, and Governor Paul R. LePage wants to make Maine an attractive destination for both current and future military retirees. Earlier this year, the governor proposed a comprehensive two-year budget that contained an important provision that fully eliminated the income tax on military pensions. Below are some… Read more →

Honoring Our Veterans: A Brief Summary of 2016 Maine Tax Changes

Our nation’s veterans earned our respect through a career of public service and sacrifice. As a result, Governor Paul R. LePage strives to turn Maine into an attractive destination for both current and future military retirees. Earlier this year, the governor proposed a comprehensive two-year budget that contained a number of significant tax reform proposals. While many of the governor’s… Read more →

New Adjutant General confirmed for the State of Maine

Today the Maine State Senate confirmed Governor LePage’s nominee, Col. Doug Farnham of Bangor to serve as the next Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Below is the testimony that I presented on behalf of the Governor to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Friday, January 15.   TESTIMONY BEFORE THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE… Read more →

Constitutional Concealed Carry

One of the most consequential laws passed earlier this year by the 127th Maine Legislature went into effect on October 15. Sponsored by republican state Senator Eric Brakey of Auburn, the new law allows legal gun owners over 21 years of age, or current military members aged 18 or older, to carry concealed firearms without requiring permits issued by the… Read more →

Election Day.

Today is Election Day. Below is a message from Maine Governor Paul LePage in which he highlights the importance of educating and empowering yourself before heading to the polls.     On November 3, Mainers will have the opportunity to answer three statewide questions. The questions are relatively easy to understand. However, the old adage, the devil is in the details is… Read more →

The status quo is unacceptable. Now is the time for bold action.

The Governor believes that now is the time to move Maine from poverty to prosperity. Rather than keep trying the same thing that we’ve tried for decades and expecting different results, it is well past time to stop chasing capital out of the State of Maine and to stop penalizing hard work and investment in our State. While some critics… Read more →

We Need to Make Maine More Competitive

The Tax Foundation currently ranks Maine as having the 9th highest top marginal individual income tax rate. Were it not for Vermont, New Jersey, and New York, we’d have the highest top marginal tax rate on this side of the Mississippi River. Their top individual rates kick in at more than $400,000; $500,000; and $1 million of taxable income, respectively.… Read more →