- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - State legislators in Maine are debating whether residents and businesses will be able to claim a group of tax breaks offered by the federal government on their 2015 filings.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1QfScRK ) that Democrats on the budget-writing committee voted 6-5 Wednesday to support a $16.8 million proposal that would allow residents to claim the tax breaks on their 2015 returns.

Republicans opposed the vote and continued pushing for a two-year extension that would cost the state $38.4 million, while making some of the tax breaks permanent.

Both sides support a tax conformity proposal, but are deadlocked over the duration of the extension. Democrats want a one-year extension, but Republicans are pushing for two.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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