King Campaigned Against Higher Taxes in 1994
- “My Position On Taxes Is Simple: We Don’t Need To Increase The Already Too-Heavy Burden On Maine People.” (Angus King, Independent For Governor: Making A Difference, 1994, p. 40)
- “Raising Tax Rates To Generate More Revenue For The State Is A Classic Case Of Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face.” (Ibid., p. 41)
- “‘I will veto any tax increase,’ said Brennan, the former two-term governor. ‘There will be no tax increase in a Brennan administration, none.’ King concurred, saying, ‘We can’t afford greater taxes, we simply can’t.'” (John Hale, “Gubernatorial Candidates Spar In TV Debate,” Bangor Daily News, 10/21/94)
- “The Governor-Elect [King] Emphatically Insisted That A Tax Increase Is Not An Option For Dealing With The Budget Crisis.”(A. Jay Higgins, “King Firm On Resisting Tax Increase,” Bangor Daily News, 12/14/94)
He Even Pledged Specifically to Reduce the Overall Tax Burden in Maine: “‘I Am Absolutely Convinced That High Taxes Are Now The Biggest Drag On The Expansion Of The Maine Economy,’ Said King, arguing that New Hampshire’s low taxes helped its economy prosper. King said Maine is 10th in the nation in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income, but ranked 36th in per capita income. . . . King Said He Was Setting A Realistic Goal Of Lowering Maine’s Overall Tax Burden By 20 Percent From 12.5 Percent Of Income To Less Than 11 Percent By 2001.” (John Hale, “King Declares War On Smoking,” Bangor Daily News, 1/29/97)
- Angus raised taxes on gasoline;
- Angus raised taxes on cigarettes—twice;
- Angus repealed the income tax cap;
- Angus rolled back tax reimbursements for small businesses;
- Angus proposed bringing back the “Sick Tax” on Maine hospitals in order to cover a budget deficit; and
- He even fought the repeal of a 7% tax on nursing homes.
Near the End of his Term, King had Increased Spending by 45% and Made Maine’s Tax Burden the Highest in the Country:“According to a table published in Tuesday’s New York Times, Maine citizens lead the nation when it comes to the amount of their incomes spent on taxes.” (Gregory Kesich, “Top Tax Burden Belongs To Maine,” Portland Press Herald, 7/26/01) Despite his 1997 Goal of Reducing the Tax Burden from 12.5% to under 11% by 2001, Mainers Ended Up with a Whopping 14.5% of their Incomes Going to State & Local Taxes: “The figures, based on 1998 census data, showed Mainers paid 14.5 percent of what they earned to the state and local government for income, sales and property taxes. New Yorkers came in second place at 14.2 percent.” (Gregory Kesich, “Top Tax Burden Belongs To Maine,” Portland Press Herald, 7/26/01)
Angus Stalled for a week after Democrat Cynthia Dill proposed that each candidate in Maine’s US Senate race disclose their tax information: “The campaign of independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King was still not saying Friday whether the wealthy businessman and former governor will release his tax returns.” -Portland Press Herald, 9/28/12.
And when he finally released them, he twisted the numbers like only Angus could, dividing his taxes paid by his net income, not gross or total income. This lead Mainers to believe he paid about 50 percent more than he actually did: “Bob Williams at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington said the best standard is total income. Barring that, the best measure of income on a tax return is the adjusted gross income used by Romney. ‘What King did is not right. What King did is overstate his taxes, potentially by a lot,’ Williams said.” -Associated Press, 10/2/12
Maine Deserves Better