Question 2 would make Maine’s top tax rate the second-highest in the nation. It would raise taxes more than $157 million on Maine households (single and joint filers and businesses that pass through their income to the individual tax return). We all know Maine families and business are already overburdened by exorbitant tax rates. Question 2 would make Maine worse for jobs, driving job creators and other smart, successful business people and professionals out of state.
Question 2 would raise taxes on Maine by $157 million from households and small businesses all over the state, but some towns would get absolutely no benefit. In fact, 60 percent of the money would go to just 12% of the towns – all wealthier districts already. More than 1/3 of Maine’s towns would receive zero new money raised by this new tax – none.
The money raised by Question 2 would only go to fund salaries for teachers and others who work with students. It would not go to fund building improvements, laboratories, computers, or supplies. Proponents say that this will fund classroom initiatives, but the fine print says otherwise. Read it for yourself. Here is the fine print of the proposed law that would be enacted if Question 2 were to pass: