Maine Sales Tax Rate Remains Unchanged in Face of Political Turmoil
- Jul 1, 2015 | Gail Cole
Anyone who follows Maine politics knows that the situation there is explosive. That’s the best word to describe it. Governor Paul LePage has said he would “like to find the Portland Herald building and blow it up,” and that’s one of his comments that is fit to print. More recently, he told a school that had offered a job to a political opponent that if they hired him, the school would not receive $500,000 in state funding. Little wonder that members of the Maine House are now considering impeachment based on “abuse of authority, conduct unbecoming and possible misuse of political assets.”
The governor’s antics are fascinating to follow, especially from a safe distance (check out his budget veto message). They also have very real political and fiscal consequences.
For example, on June 30, 2015, Maine Revenue Services published the following statement on its website:
“Earlier today, June 30, 2015, the Maine Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the biennial budge. The budget passed by the Legislature will now become law. As a result, sales tax rates will NOT reduce tomorrow, July 1, 2015. The general sales tax rate of 5.5% and the 8% sales tax rate on meals and lodging will continue unchanged.”
The people of Maine have much to consider right now, but at least, for the moment, they don’t have to deal with a sales tax rate change.
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