Senator Roger Katz joins us every Monday on the Moose Morning Show. Roger talked with us about the (hopeful) end of the long legislative session and the controversy surrounding Governor LePage's involvement in Speaker Mark Eves losing his new job at Goodwill Hinckley School.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has presented a $6.3 billion budget. It proposes cutting income taxes and eliminating the estate tax. The budget outlines partially paying for both measures with a broader and higher sales tax.
Over the past week or so I've been writing about cuts in the Auburn city budget. Everything from the school budget vote, to recycling cuts and other budget decisions. After much outcry from Auburn residents, most regarding closing the New Auburn fire department for six months, the city has brought those programs back.
Today, we'll find out if the legislature overrides the governor's veto of the state budget, thus, keeping the state from shutting down. When asked by Channel 6 why the vetoed it, he summed it up in three words
I don't know all of the answers, nor do I pretend to have the answers. Last Tuesday Auburn residents, like other municipalities' residents, voted on school budgets and other town or city issues. I voted yes for 6.9 school budget increase, which I know would result in a tax increase. The proposed increase was voted down by 60% of the voters. OK, for Auburn it's back to the drawing board.