The spending by our state government is not in line with people's paychecks. This Legislature spends every dime they can get their hands on and when that runs out they borrow more!
There are some that say we don't have time for tax reform this session:
- What we don't have time for is another mill to close.
- What we don't have time for is another Maine family forced to sell their home because they can't afford their property taxes.
- What we don't have time for is telling little kids they can't go to school in their own town anymore.
- What we don't have time for is to watch another 17,000 manufacturing jobs disappear.
- AND What we really don't have time for is a bunch of hot air from politicians who won't stand up to the big spenders and special interests and put a lid on state spending once and for all.
In my 6 years here in Augusta it has been the same old story. It is time for a change.
Let's not forget about how this strategy worked for Burton Cross and Ken Curtis. They both raised taxes. Governor Cross started the sales tax, while Governor Curtis started the income tax. Each time the goal was clear-help lower the burden of the property tax-and fund our schools.
Not be outdone, the Legislature even passed a lottery - and guess who that was supposed to help? That's right: Education.
Well, here we are again - billions and billions of dollars in additional tax dollars, and we have not solved the problem.
We have a spending problem. That's right; while taxes are certainly too high, they are nothing more than the result of runaway budgets and a total lack of fiscal discipline.
Enough is enough.
The Key to Tax reform in Maine is to put these runaway budgets on a budget, once and for all. Only then can we lower the tax burden on Maine people.
Paul Davis (R-Sangerville) is the Maine Senate Republical Leader.