Campaign to overturn Maine tax law struggling

Posted July 17, 2009, at 10:52 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A people’s veto effort to overturn Maine’s newly enacted tax code changes is struggling financially. Reports show it’s just raised $50

The Republican-led effort targets changes in sales and income tax policy. Opponents are trying to collect more than 55,000 signatures to put the repeal question before voters in November.

Maine Public Radio reports GOP leaders say that unlike other people’s veto campaigns with paid circulators, theirs is a true grass roots initiative.

Tax law supporters say they’re not surprised the repeal effort is struggling.

The law at the center of the people’s veto campaign extends the state’s sales tax to a number of currently untaxed services and raises the food and lodging tax. It also lowers the state’s top income tax rate from 8.5 to 6.5 percent for most Mainers.