- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he’s “going after the income tax” in his two-year budget proposal that will be unveiled on Friday.

LePage’s remarks came during his inaugural address on Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center, where he was sworn into office for a second four-year term before a joint session of the politically divided Maine House and Senate.

The governor said that lowering the state’s income tax is essential to put money back in people’s pockets, bring companies to Maine and ensure that young families stay in the state.

He says his long term vision is to eliminate the income tax.

The governor said that states that have the fastest growth have lower taxes and lower energy costs than Maine.

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