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Maine Democratic Party responds to New York Times article on former Governor Paul LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) – The Maine Democratic Party is responding to a New York Times report about former Governor Paul LePage receiving tax relief for Florida residents. They say the worst part is that he tried to cut the same tax break here in Maine.

“His cuts to revenue sharing raised property taxes, his cuts to school funding raised property taxes,” Bev Uhlenhake said.

Bev Uhlenhake, vice chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, said LePage also tried to eliminate the Property Exemption Act for Certain Maine Residents, which provides for a reduction of up to $25,000 in value. of a home for property tax purposes.

“That’s precisely the tax break he was getting in Florida. He tried to cut and eliminate for people 65 and under here in the state of Maine.

Rep. Maureen Terry says she is hurt by this because of the work they do on the tax committee.

“Trying to reduce the cost of property taxes for permanent residents of the state of Maine is extremely important, but it’s also very important that municipalities have the money they need to do the work they do” said Terry.

Meanwhile, Rep. Ann Matlack says Governor Mills has worked to reduce property taxes.

“Governor Mills has granted bipartisan relief to the property. She expanded the Homestead exemption, she fully funded education, and she restored revenue sharing with cities to support fire police and other important local services,” Matlack said.

For Uhlenhake, it comes down to values.

“I always look at two things when I vote for someone. Do I think they’re smart enough to handle the job, and do I believe in their values. That’s the one where he clearly showed his values, and he’s not the one I want as governor,” she said.

Maine GOP Chairman Dr. Demi Kouzounas responded by saying:

“The last time the Democrats cared so much about taxes, they were trying to raise the gas and heating oil tax by 40 cents per gallon – in fact, one of the ultra-progressive Democrats doing the dirty Janet Mills Job Today was a sponsor of this bill, also known as the Sara Gideon Gas Tax.Top party leaders, including speakers at this tax event, also explicitly support the bill. “Maine’s Gas Tax Increase. Let’s be clear: Major supporters of Janet Mills consistently support raising gasoline taxes in Maine.”