Maine Republicans threaten government shutdown to repeal fair tax referendum

Maine Republicans threaten government shutdown to repeal fair tax referendum

Are you paying attention?  Things in the State House are heating up.

Republicans have threatened to shut down state government unless Democrats agree to overturn the will of the voters and repeal Question 2, the ballot initiative passed in November to more fairly tax the top 2% of income earners to fully fund our schools.

Republican Senate Leader Garrett Mason told the Bangor Daily News that Senate Republicans “will accept nothing less than a repeal” while Republican House member Jeff Timberlake, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, has blatantly threatened a state shutdown unless the Democrats approve huge tax breaks for the wealthy.

We can’t let this stand. The voters have spoken loud and clear.

On Tuesday, April 18th, Stand Up for Students, the coalition that helped pass Question 2, is hosting a Lobby Day in the State House. Sign up here to attend.

April 18th is Tax Day.  There is no better day to take to the State House and make sure legislators listen to us, their constituents, and respect the vote we took for tax fairness.

More than anything, we need to make sure legislators hear loud and clear that the will of the voters should be honored. Legislators should implement Question 2 and tax the wealthiest to better fund our public schools.

Photo via Andi Parkinson.

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John Kosinski
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John Kosinski is the Government Relations Director at the Maine Education Association (MEA) and served as the Campaign Manager for Yes on Question 2, the Stand Up for Students campaign. John lives in Brunswick with his wife, a school board member, three young sons, who all want to be teachers, and their dog, Sadie, who wants to be a superintendent.

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