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This week, Democratic lawmakers in the Maine Senate and House of Representatives rejected Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to hold a statewide referendum on whether to eliminate the state income tax by 2020. The Bangor Daily News reported that while the measure will be subject to more votes, it may be dead because of opposition from Democrats. LePage and other Republican have argued that Maine voters should have a say on the matter. They also argued that LePage intends to transfer Maine's tax burden to tourists by expanding the state's sales tax base. Democratic lawmakers have said that the measure would take away $1.8 billion in state revenue and that the referendum question didn't address how the state would make up for that loss in revenue.
Should voters have a say on the future of the state income tax?