JULY 2017 Senate Minority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, holds a news conference in the Maine Senate Chamber on Friday. Jackson, D-Allagash, said if LePage opposes a lodging tax increase in the budget he would author a bill to eliminate the tax and replace the revenues it would generate with surplus revenues. The lodging tax, with the increased rate, generates only $21 million, Jackson said. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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