AUGUSTA — Democratic legislative leaders want to delay tax cuts enacted last session. They say the delay’s needed to balance a $6.3 billion, two-year budget without shifting tax increases to property taxpayers.

Backed by about 50 Democratic lawmakers Wednesday, House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Justin Alfond said the tax cuts passed in 2011 are not paid for and should be delayed for another budget cycle in order to balance the budget that must be passed by June 30.

The two leaders also said that the proposed budget, which seeks to suspend revenue sharing for two years, is unacceptable because it shifts more than $400 million in new taxes to property taxpayers.

Republican Senate Leader Michael Thibodeau says Democrats’ spending — not tax cuts — are the problem.


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