For Immediate Release
January 31, 2013
Maine's Majority delivers calculators to LePage and legislative Republicans; calls for revenue-based solution to budget shortfall
Augusta – Today, Maine's Majority members delivered 73 pocket calculators to Gov. LePage and the Republican House and Senate caucuses in order to highlight the true nature of the looming biennial budget shortfall: poor fiscal planning and irresponsible tax policies.
At a press conference immediately before the delivery, executive director Chris Korzen made the following statement:
Maine's Majority was founded on the belief that our elected leaders must represent the people. This past November, the people of Maine spoke loud and clear. They called for affordable health care, quality education, and an end to policies that benefit wealthy individuals and corporations at the expense of Maine's middle class.
The fact that our state now faces an 881-million dollar budget shortfall is no accident. The revenue collapse that caused this shortfall was predictable and avoidable. It is the result of the worst recession in decades, and irresponsible policies that shifted taxes away from the rich and on to working families.
Today, we are delivering pocket calculators to Gov. LePage and Republicans in the House and Senate. The calculators were donated by our members, who want them to serve as a reminder that poor fiscal policy got us into this situation, and only responsible choices will get us out. These responsible choices must include restoring revenue that has been lost in recent years.
Only one Republican, Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton, did not receive a calculator - because of his co-sponsorship of a bill raising taxes on Mainers who make more than $250,000 a year. Korzen said that Saviello's bill, while not perfect, is a step in the right direction and representative of the kind of tax policy Maine's Majority would like to see.