Maine anti-tax group takes Secretary of State to court
AUGUSTA, Maine: This week a Maine anti-tax group - Still Fed Up With Taxes - filed a lawsuit with the Kennebec County Superior Court requesting that the court order Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to finish reviewing signatures for the Maine tax code referendum (2010). The proposed measure, which was filed through the People's Veto provision, calls for the repeal of an enacted tax code overhaul. The overhaul includes an income tax rate cut, a broadening of the state sales tax to more items and an increase in the state meals and lodging tax. The overhaul passed the Maine Legislature and was signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci in 2009.
Still Fed Up With Taxes filed petitions supporting the referendum in September 2009 but state election officials have yet to verify the signatures. The verification deadline was October 13, 2009. In order to place the referendum on the June 2010 ballot supporters are required to submit a minimum of 10% of the number of people who voted in the last governor’s election - 55,087 signatures.