Brewer speaks to PPH about potential for income tax cuts in Maine

The Portland Press Herald spoke to Mark Brewer, professor of political science at the University of Maine, about bipartisan proposals in the state legislature to cut income taxes in Maine. Brewer said the state’s strong fiscal health, coupled with bills from both parties aimed at lowering income taxes for the middle class, shows that lawmakers could take significant action this session. Making a concession on income taxes could also help Gov. Janet Mills achieve her stated goal of passing a bipartisan budget. “The fact that Maine continues to be in a relatively positive budget state allows these items to be discussed in a bipartisan way. I think there’s a lot of room for negotiation here. The environment seems right,” Brewer said.