Category Archives: Legislature

Poliquin not on petition to force Export-Import Bank vote

Good morning from Augusta, and happy Columbus Day. You’re probably not working today, so if you’re trying to decide whether or not Columbus is worth celebrating or not, give this piece on two myths about him a read. After not signing Ex-Im petition, Poliquin still ‘likely yes’ vote on bank On Friday, a bipartisan group of House Democrats and Republicans […]

LePage says he’ll push citizen’s initiative to slash the income tax

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine. BDN File photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Gov. Paul LePage, unhappy with lawmakers’ reluctance to embrace his goal of slashing and ultimately eliminating the income tax, is planning a workaround: A citizen’s initiative. LePage is still stewing about the Legislature’s rejection of his proposed constitutional amendment to kill the income tax. As written, the amendment would have incrementally eliminated the income tax […]

Here are the programs LePage might slash to pay for income tax cuts

Gov. Paul LePage, during his State of the State address earlier this month. BDN file photo by Ashley Conti.

In a press release today, Gov. Paul LePage insisted that he has continued to meet with Republican leaders to offer “compromises” toward lowering the income tax. Cutting the income tax is a pillar of LePage’s budget proposal, which the governor himself said last week was “dead.” He blames Democrats for scuttling his income tax cut […]