Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget is a disaster. If enacted, it would end the Homestead Property Tax exemption for those under 65, eliminate the Circuit Breaker program, and deny towns and schools hundreds of millions of dollars. This would force our towns to cut services or raise taxes, but LePage would maintain tax cuts for the wealthiest.

The compromise budget, drafted by the bipartisan legislators, restores many of the more draconian cuts. While not perfect, it represents real political negotiation and compromise. Of course, since it doesn’t include absolutely everything the governor demands, he plans to veto it and put Maine in limbo.

Our legislators need to look within themselves and not adhere to party loyalty but, to remember what is the right course for Mainers. They need to override his veto and do the right thing for Maine.

Arthur S. Davis Jr.


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