AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. John Baldacci says the spirit of bipartisanship during the last legislative session made it one of the most productive sessions in recent memory.
Baldacci says in his weekly radio address Saturday that leaders from both parties showed restraint in cutting spending instead of raising taxes. In fact, he notes that the state’s income taxes will drop while the state’s sales tax was expanded to new goods and services under the tax overhaul.
He says the changes in the tax code will make Maine more attractive to businesses “and people who want to be able to keep more of their own money.”
But House Republican Leader Josh Tardy of Newport is less impressed. He says the final tax deal means 5,000 Maine families will see their taxes go up.