Monday, June 25, 2018
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski
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Secretary Dunlap announces final wording of ‘universal home care’ question

AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has finalized the wording of the citizens’ initiative referendum question that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 Referendum Election ballot:

  • QUESTION 1: An Act To Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

    “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

The final wording of the question incorporates feedback from the public comments submitted to Secretary Dunlap during the 30-day public comment period, which ended on June 15, 2018.

The full text of the proposed bill is available for viewing on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions’ Citizens’ Initiatives page.

The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions will create a Citizens’ Guide to the Referendum this fall, which will be available on the website and at public libraries across the state. All voters are encouraged to read it to inform themselves of the details of the ballot question, including the fiscal impact statement.

For more information about the November 2018 Referendum Election, visit Information on voter registration and locating your polling place is also available on the Corporations, Elections and Commissions website.