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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/17/11

Rep. Burns Named to Legislature's Taxation Committee

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. David Burns has been appointed to the Legislature's high profile Taxation Committee, putting him in a position to help shape policy regarding municipal revenue sharing, property tax rebates and other important financial issues.

Rep. Burns (R-Alfred) a first-term legislator, said action is already heating up on the committee. "It's going to be a very busy term," he said. "It looks as if at least 200 bills will be sent to Taxation for public hearings and work sessions. We also will be dealing with parts of the biennial budget that fall under our purview. I anticipate some long days and long weeks in Augusta."

The Taxation Committee has jurisdiction over the Bureau of Revenue Services and the State Property Tax Review Board. It also oversees tax policy; property valuation and assessment; municipal revenue sharing; taxation of unorganized territories; tax increment financing; and tree growth and other current use tax issues. The panel also has jurisdiction over the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, the so-called "circuit breaker" rebate program.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.

"Taxation was one of my top choices for a committee assignment," said Rep. Burns, who brings a degree in business administration to his new position. "My long-term goal is to eliminate one of the state's three big taxes - personal income tax, corporate income tax and the sales tax. I think that could improve our economy and lead to a stronger employment base."

Rep. Burns is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Desert Storm operation in the early 1990s. His military career included service as a combat engineer and as an operations manager and station commander in Army recruiting. He serves his community in the American Legion, VFW and Disabled Veterans of America. Rep. Burns has been on the Alfred board of selectmen for six years and currently serves as the chairman. His House district includes Alfred, Limerick, Newfield and Shapleigh. ####

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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