All Maine candidates for governor agree Question One is a bad idea for Maine

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since our staff cannot cover all campaign events, we have created this site to share political press releases and statements with our readers. The items are posted as is and unedited. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Northeast Publishing.

AUGUSTA, Maine — “That all four candidates for governor agree Question One is the wrong solution for Maine speaks volumes,” said Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine representative Newell Augur, who chairs NO on Question One/Stop the Scam.

“Their united opposition underscores how devastating this new tax would be for Maine families and our state’s economy. We are confident their unanimous opposition will help defeat Question One decisively in November.”

Question One, which will appear on the statewide ballot in November, reads:

“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?”

Maine’s State Economist and the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services recently issued an economic impact report on the proposed 3.8% tax that would be imposed on gross wage and non-wage combined household and family income over $128,400. That report indicated that, “If adopted, the proposal would adversely affect several significant economic and demographic measures.” It predicted that Maine’s population, labor force and employment would drop markedly, and that personal income and state GDP losses would be significant.

For more information, please go to

Get the Rest of the Story

Thank you for reading your 4 free articles this month. To continue reading, and support local, rural journalism, please subscribe.