Augusta – Americans for Prosperity Maine is expressing their disappointment in yesterday’s House and Senate votes to override the Governor’s veto of the proposed state budget. The House voted 114-34 to override the Governor’s veto. The Senate vote was 26-9.
“What seems to be getting lost in all the political talk is the people – the people affected by this budget and the people our elected officials represent. We are extremely disappointed in the legislature’s insistence to raise taxes on hard-working Mainers so they can grow state government,” said Carol Weston, Maine state director of Americans for Prosperity. “The budget vetoed by the Governor makes victims of us all by raising three taxes on the hard-working people of this state.”
Americans for Prosperity Maine is referencing a recent study cited in a Portland Press Herald article which shows that shows that most of the jobs projected through the year 2020 do not require science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, backgrounds. In addition, the study asserted that of the top 25 jobs that are expected to see the highest growth in actual new job openings, 18 don’t require more than a high school education.
“As this study shows, the majority of jobs being created in the state will be low-paying jobs thus making the higher tax burden imposed by the House-passed budget all the more difficult to bear,” added Weston. “Any budget that increases taxes to grow state government should be sent back to the drawing board.”