AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on a legislative committee are unanimously recommending that the state maintain revenue sharing and throw out Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to tax nonprofits.

But Republicans and Democrats on the Taxation Committee are divided over other pieces of LePage’s budget plan.

The committee outlined its recommendations to the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. The Appropriations Committee will now consider the budget before sending it to the full House and Senate.

Republicans want to make some tweaks but largely agree with the governor’s plan to raise the sales tax to 6.5 percent to help pay for a dramatic income tax cut.

Democrats want to keep the sales tax at 5.5 percent and craft an income tax plan that provides roughly the same dollar amount in tax relief to all income groups.


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