I'm sure by now you’ve heard Governor Paul LePage wants to eliminate the Maine income tax by 2020. Now he has moved forward with preliminary paperwork on a proposal to amend the state constitution  to get it done.

The proposal by LePage says, "Beginning January 1, 2020, the Legislature shall never, in any manner, enact or impose a tax upon the income of any person nor shall the State levy or collect such an income tax for any period beginning on or after January 1, 2020."

There is no language in the proposal about how the state would replace the over $1 billion in revenue from the income tax.

Governor LePage has given co-sponsors until 5 p.m. to hook on to the bill before he submits it to the Maine legislature.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the governor's action to set a deadline for legislators to add their support to the proposal backs up a claim he made earlier this year to campaign against any legislator who failed to support his effort to eliminate the income tax.

In his letter, LePage said he hoped for support from both Democrats and Republicans.

"Bringing prosperity to the State of Maine is a bi-partisan issue, and I urge you to join me in this effort," Le Page wrote.

Here is the Governor's full letter to the legislature.

Here is a link to the bill.

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