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Maine State House“I was elected by the people of the State of Maine to make a better state, a more prosperous state, and to get us out of poverty… I’m here to help the Maine people,” said Governor Paul R. LePage.

When the legislative session ended this year, Governor Paul LePage joined with the State Committee of the Maine Republican Party to draw attention to two issues at the heart of the Party and of the utmost importance to the State of Maine: reducing the state’s income tax and delivering meaningful welfare reform. Now, leaders of the Maine Republican Party are working to give the voters of Maine a chance for their voices to be heard. A chance to make Maine competitive. A chance to help move hardworking Mainers from poverty to prosperity.

On September 23rd, State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett filed paperwork to present a ballot question to Maine voters during the November 2016 elections. The question would reduce the state’s income tax to 4% by 2021 while also implementing reforms to welfare benefits for recipients in Maine. “We need to end welfare fraud and abuse. We need to help grow our economy and create jobs by lowering the individual income tax for Maine’s working families. We can help end welfare fraud and abuse while improving the economy with income tax reductions,” said Bennett.

Maine’s current income tax discourages investments in the state and is a barrier to attracting jobs and skilled workers to Maine. Governor LePage often notes that the economies in states without an income tax are booming! Citing success in states which have no income tax at all–Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming and Washington–as well as two states that do not levy a tax on wages, but instead tax investment income–New Hampshire and Tennessee — Republican House Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport rebuffed critics of reducing and eliminating Maine’s income tax, noting, “These states have not had the sky fall in.”

Removing the burden that Maine’s high income tax rates place on the economy are a major priority of the LePage Administration for making Maine competitive. “It’s a concern for the Governor of the State of Maine that the income tax is having a harmful effect on our people and our economy,” said Aaron Chadbourne, senior policy advisor to Governor LePage. As a result, the Governor has pledged to hold town halls throughout Maine until the 2016 elections to discuss income tax reduction and welfare reform as well as mitigating student debt and lowering the state’s energy costs – all of which are key to attracting more young people to Maine and building a more prosperous future for the state.