AUGUSTA (AP) – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has validated a petition to allow a statewide vote asking Mainers if they want to repeal new taxes on beer, wine and soda.

Dunlap on Monday said the Fed Up With Taxes coalition submitted enough signatures of registered voters to get the question on the ballot on Nov. 4.

After reviewing the more than 95,000 signatures that were turned in last month, Dunlap’s office found 22,788 of the signature to be invalid. Still, the 72,432 valid signatures exceeded the required number by more than 17,000.

At issue is a measure enacted by the Legislature in April to increase taxes on beer, wine, soda and other drinks to help bolster funding for Maine’s state-run Dirigo Health program.

It would also add a new tax on health insurance claims to replace an assessment on insurers.

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