Massive adjustments floated to beneficiant tax-freeze program for older Mainers

The Maine Legislature usually does issues slowly. From time to time, one thing occurs rapidly. One in all them was a program handed final 12 months that freezes property tax funds for all Mainers 65 and older.

Now, the state must pay the invoice. It’s resulting in a raft of reform proposals in Augusta. The principle one could possibly be a troublesome promote, as a result of it would carve many seniors out.

The way it handed: This concept started as a Republican invoice launched in 2021 that received little consideration from anybody in Augusta. However it was revived final 12 months on the very finish of price range talks when legislative Republicans used their share of cash left over in a bipartisan price range deal to fund start-up prices for this system. Democrats and Gov. Janet Mills, in the midst of campaigns, allowed it to enter legislation.