The state Legislature has been discussing making the Labrador retriever the official state dog. I like labs; they are friendly creatures, outgoing, good company and a down-to-earth, working-class kind of dog. They are very much like many human Mainers.

The “dog” in Maine that really deserves our attention, however, is Gov. Paul LePage’s new tax plan. He proposes to cut taxes in the top tax brackets in the state, corporate and personal. (The “top dogs,” as it were) No middle class person can expect a tax break. As a matter of fact, the average guy will be stuck paying the “top dog’s” tax via an increase in sales tax, property tax, loss of services from nonprofits, and loss of their mortgage interest deduction. No one in the middle or lower tax brackets will see a penny of a tax break.

The governor’s dog of a tax plan is disingenuous and dishonest, like his last tax break for the “top dogs.” It will create a mess like every dog is wont to do. Who will clean up this dog’s mess? We all should grab our pooper scoopers because it will be all working Mainers.

Mike Lokuta, Vassalboro

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