I worked hard volunteering to pass Question 2. I won’t vote for any politician who ignores it.

I worked hard volunteering to pass Question 2. I won’t vote for any politician who ignores it.

I care about my community. That’s why, last year, I went out in sub-zero temperatures and rain storms to knock on the doors of friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers to build support for a fairer tax code. I also did it to make sure that my granddaughter has every opportunity in life and that her access to quality education is not defined by her zip code. Like many rural school districts across the state, her school is struggling, and I want every child to succeed.

Over 700,000 other Mainers took the time to cast their ballots on Question 2 last year, after weighing both sides of the issue, reflecting on those they know and love, on the future of our state and the world they want to build for their own children. Ultimately, after great consideration, Mainers chose a future where our tax code is fairer and our schools are properly funded.

I’ve seen the challenges of school districts like my local one here in Veazie. It is in a constant struggle, and year after year, it’s a perpetual decision of which programs to cut. At a time when our country should be investing in education, we’re divesting. After several consecutive state budgets that do not prioritize the wellbeing of children, it is imperative that we reverse this trend.

Paying for our schools by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share, instead of making cuts to other vital priorities, is just as important. We shouldn’t be pitting the needs of Mainers against one another. And at a time when rural roads are in crisis, emergency services are being cut, and town budgets are in trouble, it simply doesn’t make sense to cut taxes for the very wealthy in a manner that does not generate growth or benefit our state. Putting money into the pockets of a small, rich elite doesn’t create jobs. Putting money into the pockets of people who need it and towards schools that build a future for our state is how we grow an economy that works for everyone.

I won’t be voting for any politician, of any party, who ignores the will of the people so soon after we made our voices heard and who gives the wealthy a tax break on the backs of Maine voters and Maine children.

Making our tax system more regressive allows the very wealthy to buy a second boat or an extra house. Building a progressive tax code allows families to buy enough food, to pay for college, and to buy school supplies. That’s what Maine people voted for and that’s what our state needs.

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Lee Giles, 73, lives in Veazie in Penobscot County.

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