Over the next few months Maine citizens who filed state income taxes will be getting a check for $850, issued by the Maine State Treasury.

The media has been calling this a relief check. This is a misnomer. It should more accurately be called a refund from being over-taxed to begin with.

It is not a “hand out” from the government to get us through tough times. The government gets its money from us, the taxpayers. It is misleading for Gov. Janet Mills and the Democrats to give themselves credit for “helping” the citizens of Maine out.

Gov. Mills and the Democrat-dominated state Legislature actually wanted to keep at least a portion of those funds, but thankfully conceded to pressure from Republican representatives to give the full amount back to citizens.

Just wanted to set the record straight.

Arin Quintel, Livermore Falls

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