AUGUSTA, Maine — A shortfall approaching $1 billion looming over Maine’s next two-year budget is generating more debate in the race for governor.
Independent candidate Eliot Cutler on Wednesday took direct aim at Republican Paul LePage, saying tax cuts he has promised will increase the shortfall to $2.1 billion. Cutler also said Democrats deserve the blame for getting state government into a fiscal mess.
LePage said Cutler has it wrong because his figures assume there’s no place for cuts immediately to make state government more efficient. LePage says his proposed tax cuts on fixed retirement incomes would pump more money back into the economy. The Republican also says Cutler’s figures are wrong because they assume all the tax cuts will take place immediately.