Referendum Challenge 

&quot:I don’t think there’s any question they’re going to do it,&quot: said Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors.

To meet Dirigo’s roughly $50 million annual operating budget, the pending law replaces an indeterminate savings offset payment targeting insurers with a 1.8 percent surcharge on paid claims. It also imposes new taxes on beer, wine and soda at the distributor level and taps surplus funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the state’s repository for tobacco settlement money.