The Legislature recently passed a major tax reform package that cuts state income tax from 8.5 percent to 6.5 percent for those of us making less than $250,000 a year. But why have we not noticed this savings in our paycheck every week?
Republicans, led by Sen. David Trahan, are crying foul and have gathered enough signatures to put the measure on the June ballot, putting a hold on this much-needed tax break for Maine families.
This tax reform is a step toward progressive taxation, shifting the tax burden away from our earned income and toward the nonessential goods and services we choose to purchase. But opponents seem to ignore the net savings 95 percent of us stand to gain, instead pointing to a plethora of new sales taxes.
Let me list some previously untaxed services that Republicans want to protect: limousine services, helicopter rides, trolley tours, tickets to boat shows, interior decoration, art restoration, diaper services, pet exercising, tuxedo rentals, hired clowns for kids’ parties, jugglers, ventriloquists and adult entertainment (aka exotic dancers).
I am more than happy to be taxed on such services (which I would never use) and take a 2 percent income tax cut.
I encourage others to vote No on 1 this June to see more in our paychecks each week.
Nathan Libby, Lewiston