AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage’s state budget rewrite being presented to Maine lawmakers seeks tax breaks for retirees and military personnel.

The supplemental budget outlined today for the Appropriations Committee also seeks sales tax exemptions for wood harvesting equipment, matching exemptions already allowed for equipment used in fisheries and agricultural industries.

The adjustments to the overall two-year state budget, presented by Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett, address programs spanning state government. Spending of about $38 million is more than offset by savings.

It calls for increasing exemptions for retirement income from income taxes, and also starting in 2014, exempting from state income taxes military pay for service out of state.

The supplemental budget calls for eliminating the state’s funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation, among other changes.


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