Bangor Chamber opposes excise tax cuts, TABOR II

Posted Oct. 15, 2009, at 8:22 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce board of directors unanimously voted Thursday to oppose two ballot questions that the organization says “would be harmful to Maine businesses and the state’s economy.”

The board voted overwhelmingly to oppose Question 2, which is the proposed reduction in excise taxes, and Question 4, the TABOR II tax and spending restrictions.

“While we fully support efforts to improve Maine’s business climate and economic development, our board does not believe that either of these ballot proposals would accomplish that,” said John N. Diamond, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors. “Both proposals contain elements that the board believes could seriously undermine local infrastructure as well as Maine’s economic competitiveness. In light of that, the board believes that passage of either proposal would be detrimental to our region and our state.”

In a related item, the board unanimously endorsed passage of Question 6, a $71 million transportation and infrastructure bond proposal. The board did not consider taking action on any other ballot questions.

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