Republicans pointed to the projected budget surplus to argue for the tax cuts, which analysts said would primarily benefit wealthy Mainers.
“We are over-collecting taxes from Maine people,” said Sen. Rick Bennett (R-Oxford).
Maura Pillsbury, a state and local tax analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, disagreed. “It’s really not a surplus if we’re not meeting really important needs,” she told Beacon. “To say that we should give Mainers a tax cut, it’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s not really what it claims to be and it’s not really helping the people they claim to want to help.”