Gov. Paul LePage urges public to push back on taxes

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Gov. Paul LePage used a Monday press conference to explain his analysis of how taxes affect Maine.

AUGUSTA — Maine’s Republican governor says he’ll keep holding events around the state to encourage the public to push lawmakers to lower taxes until his term expires.

Gov. Paul LePage said at a Monday press conference that his events are “not at all” tied to a run for office in 2018.

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LePage is set to hold a Monday night public event in Fort Kent.

The governor says the public didn’t understand the ramifications of a three percent income surtax they narrowly approved last November.

The surtax applies to the portion of household income above $200,000. Revenue would go toward classroom costs and not school administrators.

A number of Maine’s largest employers and business associations are asking legislators to repeal the surtax.

Two bills to repeal the surtax had public hearings in March.

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