- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage is hitting the road to answer questions and defend his final two-year budget proposal.

His next town hall is scheduled for the Union Bluff Hotel in York on Tuesday. The governor has said he wants Mainers to demand their representatives to pass his $6.8 billion budget.

LePage says his budget protects the elderly and prevents economic harm from initiatives he believes voters didn’t understand. Voters approved a minimum wage hike and a three percent surtax on the portion of an individual’s income above $200,000.

In his budget, LePage called for eventually lowering the top individual income tax rate from 10.15 percent to a 5.75 percent flat tax and reducing the top corporate income tax rate from 8.93 percent to 8.33 percent.

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