Gov. LePage wants to eliminate income tax

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AUGUSTA, Maine —Gov. Paul LePage says he wants to completely eliminate Maine’s income tax.

The Republican governor said Monday that if re-elected he would make eliminating the state income tax a goal. He also acknowledged that it would be difficult if the Legislature remains controlled by Democrats.

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has proposed overhauling the state’s tax system. Their plan includes cutting the income tax in half to 4 percent while boosting the sales tax to 6 percent, with the goal of shifting the tax burden toward tourists.

LePage has publicly come out in opposition of that proposal.

LePage made his comments Monday at and appearance with author Travis Brown, who argues that states with income taxes lose population and wealth to states with no income taxes.

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