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LePage Tries to Set Tax Overhaul Plan Apart from 2009 Law

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's plan to overhaul Maine's tax code could put some GOP lawmakers in the tough position of now having to throw their support behind an idea they once opposed.

LePage is now trying to make the case that his proposal to lower the income tax by raising and expanding the sales tax is different than the law that the GOP led the charge against four years ago.

He told WVOM-AM on Monday that his tax plan stands out because it removes the income tax on military pensions and the estate tax while reducing Mainers' tax burden by $300 million.

But Charlie Webster, the former Republican Party chairman who led the effort to repeal the 2009 law, says he can't see how GOP lawmakers can support LePage's plan.