Shift more of Maine’s tax burden to the poor and middle class? This will be the result if LePage gets his way and eliminates the state income tax. As quoted in the BDN, a 2011 Maine Revenue services study found eliminating state income tax would have the following effect: “The bottom 80 percent of Mainers (incomes less than $86,789) would have an aggregate $223 million tax increase, while the top 1 percent would have a $183 million tax cut. ”
According to an Albert DiMillo opinion piece in the BDN, this added burden to the middle class would be on top of an existing situation in which Maine’s middle class already pay a higher proportion of their income to state taxes than do the wealthy. Read the full article here.