There is a fact that seems to be all too obvious to the proponents of TABOR, of which I am one, and that is that state and local governments are not contributing anything meaningful for tax relief.
Maine’s state and local tax burdens are the highest in New England and rank No. 1 in the nation.
I blame the entrenched Democrats in the House and Senate and the space taken up by John Baldacci at the governor’s mansion.
I blame my senator, Dennis Damon, and my representative, Ted Koffman, for contributing to that shameful statistic.
We have 30-plus years of Democratic majority rule in the House and Senate and here I am being asked to vote nay or yea on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in November. This sad reality bothers me to the point that I am getting off my duff and trying to do something about it.
Why, I ask myself, should there even be a need for TABOR? Why does TABOR even exist?
Well, TABOR does indeed exist and the reason for it is obvious and no amount of doom and gloom by the opposition is going to change the fact that TABOR is sadly needed.
Where are the opposition’s proposals? Their ideas? Their answers? I know what I have without TABOR and I am willing to try something different and support an honest effort to bring economic sanity to the big money pits at the state and local levels of government.
Chandler Woodcock and a vast majority of Republican candidates support TABOR. I will vote Republican in November for much needed change in Augusta and not just at the governor’s mansion, but the local level as well.