I was glad to see the long and thorough article summarizing Gov. Paul LePage’s tax proposals in the Jan. 25 newspaper.The headline, though, “LePage plan will reduce tax burden for most Maine workers,” leaves out two things.

• The plan he proposes has wealthy Mainers paying a lower tax rate on their income than middle-class Mainers.

The article reports “LePage’s plan would lower the income tax rate by 2019 to 5.75 percent on income of $9,701 to $50,000 a year, to 6.5 percent on income of $50,001 to $175,000 a year, and to 5.75 percent on income of more than $175,000 a year. “

This is another example of the reverse Robin Hood principle — the idea that wealthier Mainers should pay less tax than the rest of us is hard to take. It will be interesting to see how the governor justifies this strange idea.

• Left out of this discussion so far is a question I think we should ask: Whenever anyone talks about cutting government, which government services will we get less of? Will there be less road and bridge maintenance, fewer state police maintaining public safety, less fire and safety inspection of public buildings, less river cleanup, fewer teachers? Less human rights protection? Less enforcement of OUI law? Fewer efforts to stop Maine youth from using tobacco?

If the governor wants to cut public spending, I challenge him to identify the cuts in services that he plans to make so we can decide if we really want to cut those services.

Two questions I hope we get answers to: Why should there be bigger tax cuts for the rich than for everyone else and which services will be cut if we cut taxes?

Stan Davis


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