In Gov. Paul LePage’s current re-election TV ad, he praises himself for providing a few seniors with extra money. He states this was done by eliminating sales tax on “retirement home” meals. Then he smirks.

A “tell” is an action that tells you what someone is thinking, even if that person doesn’t know it themselves, and tells are highly informative. What does the governor’s smirk tell us he’s thinking?

I have found no evidence yet that retirement home residents are directly receiving any part of this “help” by reduced cost, refund or other means.

Some significant “helps” to all elderly would be to restore the property tax circuit breaker to a meaningful level, restore revenue sharing, eliminate state income tax on pensions under $40,000, and reinstate the cost of living adjustment on state pensions.

Charles Jones


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