Baldacci ‘very firm’ against raising taxes

Posted Feb. 04, 2009, at 12:23 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is reiterating his stance against raising sales or income taxes as a means of balancing the state budget.

Baldacci told WCSH-TV on Wednesday that he’s “very firm” against raising taxes. His two-year budget proposal closes a shortfall estimated at more than $800 million, changes the way government provides services and reduces administration. Public hearings begin next week.

Baldacci says “everyone is forced to tighten the belt and stretch the dollars and do things they haven’t done in the past” because of the recession. He says state government should be no different.

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