- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have killed a proposal from Gov. Paul LePage to ask voters whether they want to cut taxes and government spending.

The Republican governor wanted the state to hold a June referendum on whether it should lower income tax rates, implement alternative taxes and reduce overall tax revenues and government spending by at least $100 million to “make Maine more economically competitive and improve the job creation environment.”

The Democratic-led House rejected the bill on Thursday in an 85-55 vote. It failed in the Senate on Wednesday.

LePage and Republican lawmakers say that voters should have a say in the matter.

But Democrats say that voters get a say when they choose their representatives in government and point to voters’ rejection of similar ballot measures in 2006 and 2009.

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