For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Assistant House Republican Leader Alexander Willette of Mapleton said Tuesday that a newly-released poll sends a clear, two-pronged message to Democratic legislative leadership: Mainers want government to stop its over-spending and balance the budget, not raise taxes; and Maine hospitals deserve the money they're owed regardless of whether medical welfare expansion succeeds.
"We should be balancing our budget, but Democrats keep on saying 'no' to cost-saving measures," said Willette. "The only solution they have is to raise taxes. It's clear now that Mainers want government to keep its hands out of their pockets and stop this chronic over-spending."
The poll, released by Maine People Before Politics and conducted by Tel Opinion Research, LLC., sampled 500 Maine citizens on May 6-8. It has a 4.5 percent margin of error.
To the question, "Do you believe the state's budget problems are caused by too much spending or not enough tax revenue," 65 percent of respondents said spending, while only 19 percent said tax revenue. When asked about proposed revenue sharing cuts, 58 percent of Mainers said their towns should cut spending and services before increasing taxes in the face of cuts to state aid. Another 70 percent said that the legislature should pay off the hospital debt without strings attached.
"I encourage Democrats to reconsider some of the spending cuts they've rejected and put the brakes on the avalanche of tax hikes they've proposed," added Willette. "You can't keep businesses and young people in Maine if you can't keep your hands out of their pockets. There's too much passing the buck going on. The Mayors' Coalition wants state government to raise taxes, the Democrats want to complain about the Governor's budget proposal, and nobody wants to get at the root cause of the fiscal problems we face every year, which is a spending addiction."
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