Maine tax challengers win in court

Posted Dec. 23, 2009, at 10:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine Superior Court judge has sided with leaders of a people’s veto effort to overturn Maine’s tax law changes, but the ruling won’t have much of a practical impact.

The Republican-led campaign claimed that state election officials missed a deadline to certify signatures calling for a referendum on the law making substantial changes in Maine’s tax laws. Election officials didn’t dispute that, and went on to certify enough signatures to trigger a June referendum.

On Monday, Justice Donald Marden confirmed that election officials had no authority to miss their deadline.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says a related case — this one filed by supporters of the tax changes — is still pending.