VOTE NO on Question 1 - a 3.8% Tax
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Oct 3, 2018
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This is the text of Question #1 as it will appear on the ballot:
“Question 1: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”
October 3, 2018
In 2016, special interests raised millions of dollars, almost entirely from out of state, to fund a ballot initiative that hiked Maine’s top income tax rate to over 10% for individuals, couples and small businesses making over $200,000 per year. After a long struggle the Legislature reversed the tax, but this year the special interests are at it again, funding another costly, tax-increasing ballot initiative. This November’s ballot will include Question 1: An Act to Establish Universal Home Care.
Question 1 raises taxes by 3.8% for individuals, couples and small businesses earning more than $128,400 per year. If approved, it will be the largest tax increase in Maine history. Supporters have already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for signs, ads and canvassers to go door-to-door to promote the initiative. We can’t let Maine be bought through its ballot initiative process again. I urge you to VOTE NO on Question 1 and tell your friends to VOTE NO on Question 1.
What is “Universal Home Care?” The language in Question 1 gives some examples, but ultimately leaves it to an unaccountable board to decide what services are included. The list starts off with nursing care and counseling services, but goes on to include paying for home repairs, cab rides, rent subsidies and stipends for family members who take care of relatives.
And who benefits? Question 1 includes no income or residency restrictions for beneficiaries.
Question 1 makes these benefits available to millionaires and out of staters. The unaccountable board is charged with setting working conditions and improving wages of home care service providers, and Question 1 unionizes those workers whether they like it or not. Is this really about providing care for the elderly in their homes, or giving a big payout to a few? Please VOTE NO on Question 1.
Question 1: Bad In So Many Ways
Question 1 is not about caring for seniors. It’s about selling a scheme to them, funneling money to special interests and driving highly paid professionals, like doctors and engineers, out of Maine.
We support helping the elderly age in place, but Question 1 is the wrong way to this goal.
For more information visit www.stopthescammaine.com
VOTE NO on Question 1!
The Cumberland County Republican Committee continues to advocate for solutions to illconceived measures such as Question 1, but we need your help to be successful. The groups who finance and support Question 1 have already hired teams of people to go door to door to promote this and other initiatives driven by out-of-state interests. We must provide an effective counterpoint to their message. In addition, we need your help to send legislators and a Governor to Augusta who will create a healthy business climate, rather than run wealth out of the state with onerous taxes.
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John H. Doyle
Chair, Cumberland County Republican Committee
John H. Doyle is an attorney, farmer and father of five young children. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law, John launched his legal career in the corporate and securities group of a large law firm in Washington, DC, before starting his own practice representing technology companies as in-house counsel. Along the way John married his high school sweetheart, Joan, who brought him back to Maine; the place her family has called home since before the Revolutionary War. John, Joan and their children now carry on the tradition of farming at the historic family homestead.