SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A University of Colorado economics professor says a Maine referendum that would impose limits on government spending and tax increases would give Maine’s economy a boost while reining in government growth.

Speaking at a news conference Monday for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights campaign, Barry Poulson said opponents of Maine’s so-called TABOR II referendum have been spreading misinformation about Colorado’s version of TABOR, passed in 1992.

He said Colorado’s law has limited government growth – but has not resulted in cuts in government spending – while improving the state’s economy and putting money back in taxpayers’ pockets.

Crystal Canney, spokeswoman for the TABOR opposition group, said Colorado’s law has undermined state and local services and that TABOR would do the same in Maine.


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