AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A conservative think-tank in Maine is rolling out a new plan to phase out the state's income tax, something Republican Gov. Paul LePage has said will be a goal of his if re-elected in 2014.
The Maine Heritage Policy Center's plan would eliminate the income and sales taxes in the most impoverished counties and gradually progress throughout the state. The center will present its idea to lawmakers with the hope of seeing legislative action next year.
But any proposal to roll back Maine's income tax will likely face fierce opposition as Democrats warn it will raise property taxes, shifting the burden onto poor residents.
The center says its gradual approach would have little impact on the budget and would help by reducing the number of people on Medicaid and welfare.
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