August 19, 2019

GOP hopeful proposes using `taxpayer veto’

AUGUSTA — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Sumner Lipman pledged Wednesday that Maine voters would have the final say on any increase in the sales or income taxes under his administration.

“Runaway taxes must be brought under control,” Lipman said in releasing a summary of his platform at a news conference in Augusta.

Under the plan, any increase in the sales or income taxes would be put out to voters in the June primary elections. If the tax increase is rejected, the Legislature would have to find a way to run the government without it.

Lipman, one of eight candidates competing in the GOP gubernatorial primary, also reiterated his call for shrinking the Legislature and revoking its authority to elect the secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer. Lawmakers rejected all those proposals again just this year.

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