‘Wolf in sheep’s clothing:’ Dems hold the line against GOP budget demands


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.”

Click here to read the full story, first published March 31, 2023 in Beacon.