In Maine, A Clear Choice On Taxes: Michaud Wants Your Money, LePage Wants You To Keep It

“It’s the one day of every year that Americans dread: tax day. There are some, like Congressman Mike Michaud, who inexplicably believe that if they take more and more money from hard working families and job creators, somehow the economy will be better off because the government gets bigger. Then there are some, like Governor Paul LePage, who believe the more money Mainers have in their pocket, the more the economy will prosper as small businesses will have the means to employ more people. In Congress, Michaud has voted at least 99 times in favor of higher taxes. As Governor, LePage enacted the largest tax cut in Maine’s history. When it comes to ensuring taxes remain low, voters will reject Michaud and re-elect Governor LePage in November.” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

Michaud Wants To Take More And More Of Your Money

In Congress, Mike Michaud Voted At Least 99 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes.  (H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6, Vote #145: Passed 247-175: R 207-17; D 40-157; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #288: Passed 264-163: R 223-4; D 41-158; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Michaud voted Nay; H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4503, Vote #241: Passed 244-178: R 198-25; D 46-152; I 0-1, 6/15/04, Michaud voted Nay; H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #102: Passed 272-162: R 230-1; D 42-160; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6, Vote #132: Passed 249-183: R 208-22; D 41-160; I 0-1, 4/21/05, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6, Vote #445: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 275-156: R 200-31; D 75-124; I 0-1, 7/28/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Michaud voted Nay; H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 5638, Vote #315: Passed 269-156: R 226-2; D 43-153; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 5970, Vote #425: Passed 230-180: R 196-21; D 34-158; I 0-1, 7/29/06, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 720, Vote #135: Passed 303-108: R 79-108; D 224-0, 3/9/07, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 99, Vote #211: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-268: R 159-40; D 1-228, 3/29/07, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 99, Vote #212: Adopted 216-210: R 0-198; D 216-12, 3/29/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 1906, Vote #232: Passed 216-203: R 3-189; D 213-14, 4/19/07, Michaud voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 21, Vote #377: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-209: R 0-196; D 214-13, 5/17/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 2419, Vote #755: Motion rejected 198-223: R 191-5; D 7-218, 7/27/07, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2419, Vote #756: Passed 231-191: R 19-177; D 212-14, 7/27/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 2881, Vote #890: Passed 267-151: R 43-151; D 224-0, 9/20/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3056, Vote #959: Motion rejected 196-212: R 186-0; D 10-212, 10/10/07, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Michaud Voted Yea; H.R. 3920, Vote #1025: Passed 264-157: R 38-155; D 226-2, 10/31/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 312, Vote #140: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 157-263: R 153-38; D 4-225, 3/13/08, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6049, Vote #343: Motion rejected 201-220: R 194-0; D 7-220; I 0-0, 5/21/08, Michaud voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 6275, Vote #454: Motion rejected 199-222: R 194-1; D 5-221; I 0-0, 6/25/08, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 6275, Vote #455: Passed 233-189: R 10-183; D 223-6; I 0-0; 6/25/08, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 1, Vote #44: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-266: R 168-9; D 2-257, 1/28/09, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 85, Vote #189: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 111-322: R 111-65; D 0-257; I 0-0, 4/2/09, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 85, Vote #191: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 137-293: R 137-38; D 0-255, 4/2/09, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2454, Vote #477: Passed 219-212: R 8-168; D 211-44, 6/26/09, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 3962, Vote #887: Passed 220-215: R 1-176; D 219-39, 11/7/09, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4154, Vote #928:   Motion rejected 187-233: R 169-0; D 18-233, 12/3/09, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 3590, Vote #165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34; I 0-0, 3/21/10, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4872, Vote #167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4872, Vote #194: Motion agreed to 220-207: R 0-175; D 220-32, 3/25/10, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #647: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, 277-148: D 139-112; R 138-36; I 0-0; 12/17/10, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #276: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 166-259: R 0-236; D 166-23; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Michaud voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 3630, Vote #923: Passed 234-193: R 224-14; D 10-179; I 0-0, 12/13/11, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 436, Vote #361: Passed 270-146: R 233-0; D 37-146; I 0-0, 6/7/12, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #543: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-257: R 0-238; D 170-19; I 0-0, 8/1/12, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 8, Vote #544: Motion rejected 181-246: R 2-236; D 179-10; I 0-0, 8/1/12, Michaud voted Yea; H.R. 8, Vote #545: Passed 256-171: R 237-1; D 19-170; I 0-0, 8/1/12, Michaud voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 25, Vote #88: Adopted 221-207: R 221-10; D 0-197; I 0-0, 3/21/13, Michaud voted Nay; H.R. 2009, Vote #447: Passed 232-185: R 228-0; D 4-185; I 0-0, 8/2/13, Michaud voted Nay; and H. J. Res. 59, Vote #497: Motion agreed to 248-174: R 231-0; D 17-174; I 0-0, 9/29/13, Michaud voted Nay)

Michaud Voted In Favor Of Cap-And-Trade, A National Energy Tax

Michaud Voted IN FAVOR Of The Cap-And Trade Bill.  (H.R. 2454, Vote #477: Passed 219-212: R 8-168; D 211-44, 6/26/09, Michaud voted Yea)

The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman Wrote “Cap-And-Trade” Supporters Don’t Use The Word Tax, “Even Though It Amounts To One.” “Advocates of cap-and-trade argue that it is preferable to a simple carbon tax because it fixes a national cap on carbon emissions and it ‘hides the ball’ — it doesn’t use the word ‘tax’ — even though it amounts to one.” (Thomas L. Friedman, “Show Us The Ball,” The New York Times, 4/8/09)

Representative John Dingell (D-MI): “Nobody In This Country Realizes That Cap And Trade Is A Tax.  And It’s A Great Big One.” (Rep. John Dingell, House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Science Committee, Joint Hearing, 4/24/09)

The Obama Administration Concluded Cap-And-Trade Could Cost Taxpayers $200 Billion A Year, “The Equivalent Of Hiking Personal Income Taxes By About 15 Percent.” “The Obama administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent.”  (Declan McCullagh, “Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year,” CBS News, 9/15/09)

  • Cost Per American Household An “Extra $1,761 A Year.” “A previously unreleased analysis prepared by the U.S. Department of Treasury says the total in new taxes would be between $100 billion to $200 billion a year. At the upper end of the administration’s estimate, the cost per American household would be an extra $1,761 a year.”  (Declan McCullagh, “Obama Admin: Cap And Trade Could Cost Families $1,761 A Year,” CBS News, 9/15/09)

Michaud Voted In Favor Of ObamaCare Which Included 21 Tax Increases

Michaud IN FAVOR Of ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Vote #165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Michaud Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, Vote #167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Michaud Voted Yea; and H.R. 4872, Vote #194: Motion agreed to 220-207: R 0-175; D 220-32, 3/25/10, Michaud Voted Yea)

ObamaCare Included 21 Tax Increases.  (Ryan Ellis, “Comprehensive List Of Tax Hikes In ObamaCare,” Americans for Tax Reform, 1/14/11)

Governor LePage Enacted Largest Tax Cut In Maine History

Headline: “Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History.”  (“Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History,” Twin City Times, 6/23/11)

Governor LePage Enacted “The Largest Tax Cut In Maine History” Which Eliminated “Tax Payments For 70,000 Low-Income Mainers.” “The two-year budget includes tax reform that provides $150 million in tax relief, including new tax code changes that conform to federal guidelines and a reduction in Maine’s top income tax rate from 8.5 percent to 7.95 percent, which is expected eliminate tax payments for 70,000 low-income Mainers. This represents the largest tax cut in Maine history.”  (“Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History,” Twin City Times, 6/23/11)

And LePage Was Still Able To Implement Major Pension Debt Reform

Governor LePage Enacted $1.7 Billion In Meaningful, Long-Term Pension Debt Reform. “The budget passed in June will reduce the state’s pension debt by $1.7 billion by capping cost-of-living increases for retired teachers and state workers and requiring newer employees to turn 65 before qualifying for benefits.”  (John Richardson, “LePage’s First Year: ‘Contentious,’ ‘Extreme’ And Yes, ‘Effective,’” Portland Press Herald, 1/8/12)

And LePage Was Able To Make Good On His Promise To Retire Hospital Debt

Governor “LePage Made Paying Back Maine’s Hospitals A Key Legislative Goal In The First Session Of The 126th Legislature.”  (Mario Moretto, “LePage Delivers Symbolic Checks As 39 Hospitals Receive $490 Million In MaineCare Payments,” Bangor Daily News, 9/18/13)

“It Was A Hard-Fought Victory, But By The End Of The Session In June, The Hospitals Were On Track To See The Debt Paid.”  (Mario Moretto, “LePage Delivers Symbolic Checks As 39 Hospitals Receive $490 Million In MaineCare Payments,” Bangor Daily News, 9/18/13)

“The State’s Payment Of More Than $183 Million Triggered The Federal Government To Pay Its Share Of Medicaid — Operated Under The Name ‘MaineCare’ In The Pine Tree State — Which Amounted To Nearly $307 Million.”  (Mario Moretto, “LePage Delivers Symbolic Checks As 39 Hospitals Receive $490 Million In MaineCare Payments,” Bangor Daily News, 9/18/13)

Governor LePage: “This is a promise I made, and it’s a promise I’m keeping. As governor, It’s embarrassing to watch your hospitals lay people off because you’re not paying the bills. … I’m so proud, and if I never accomplish anything else in life, we paid the hospitals.”  (Mario Moretto, “LePage Delivers Symbolic Checks As 39 Hospitals Receive $490 Million In MaineCare Payments,” Bangor Daily News, 9/18/13)

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