Governor Paul LePage’s Achievements Are Leading Maine’s Comeback

“Governor Paul LePage has worked tirelessly since taking office to put Maine on course for a great comeback. Enacting the state’s largest tax cut in history, all Mainers now have more money in their pocket. Meaningful reforms to welfare and the state’s pension debt have helped to restore fiscal sanity to Maine. And most importantly, Maine is open for business again, as Mainers are going back to work and growing the economy.” ~ RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

Achievement: 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)

Achievement: Because Of Governor LePage’s Welfare Reform, Maine No Longer “Considered A Welfare Destination State”

“Welfare Reform Is Also A Part Of The 2012-13 Budget, Which Emphasizes Maine Will No Longer Be Considered A Welfare Destination State.”  (“Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History,” Twin City Times, 6/23/11)

“A New Five-Year Limit On Welfare Benefits Aligns Maine With Other States And Conforms To Federal Law.”  (“Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History,” Twin City Times, 6/23/11)

“The Limit Does Allow For Certain Exemptions For Hardship Cases, Including Those Involving The Elderly And Disabled.”  (“Gov. LePage Signs Budget With Largest Tax Cut In Maine History,” Twin City Times, 6/23/11)

Achievement: The Unemployment Rate Has Dropped And More Mainers Are Working Again

In January 2011, When Governor LePage Assumed Office, The Unemployment Rate Was 7.9%.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

In August 2013, The Latest Data Available, The Unemployment Rate Was 7%.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

Maine’s Unemployment Rate Has Dropped By Nearly 1%.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

Maine’s Unemployment Rate Was Below The National Average Of 7.3% In August 2013.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website; U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

In January 2011, When Governor LePage Assumed Office, 647,003 Mainers Were Employed.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

In August 2013, The Latest Data Available, 659,059 Mainers Were Employed.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

Employed Mainers Have Increased By More Than 22,000.  (U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Website)

Achievement: 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)

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