April 15—the deadline for our federal income tax returns—has become an occasion to remind all taxpayers that Maine carries one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country.
“Presently, Maine is number six in terms of taxes paid. At the same time, Maine ranks near the bottom at 48th in personal income,” said Jack Wibby of Maine Taxpayers United. “This is the worst of both worlds and is a result of many decades of overspending by politicians in Augusta.
The present administration, headed by Governor Paul LePage, is hard at work to correct this situation, Wibby said.
“Maine Taxpayers United wishes to remind all who work for a living that something can be done to lighten our burden and thus stimulate the Maine economy, creating jobs and encouraging our youth to stay in Maine—instead of fleeing to states where the opportunities are better,” he said.
Sunday, April 15 is this year’s Tax Day Rally, which is set for the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston. The doors will be open by 1:30 p.m. with the program, featuring Governor Paul LePage, to begin at 2 p.m.
Other featured speakers will be former state senator Carol Weston, who is the executive director of Americans for Prosperity Maine; Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council and author of the book, “Rich States, Poor States”; and Maine patriot and grassroots activist Mary Adams
Many organizations will be present: The Maine Tea Party/Refounders and Patriots; the Maine Constitutionalists; the York County Constitutionalists; and others. In addition, many candidates for public office will be available to meet constituents.
The general public is cordially invited. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
The event will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem by Mrs. Beth Hanson, who will close the afternoon with “America the Beautiful.”
For further information, please contact Jack Wibby of Maine Taxpayers United at 657-7737 or 807-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.