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Peoples Veto 

Dunlap said the Fed Up With Taxes coalition submitted enough signatures of registered voters to get the question on the ballot on November 4th.

After reviewing the more than 95,000 signatures that were turned in last month, Dunlap’s office found 22,788 of the signature to be invalid. Still, the 72,432 valid signatures exceeded the required number by more than 17,000.

At issue is a measure enacted by the Legislature in April to increase taxes on beer and wine, soda, flavored water and other drinks to help bolster funding for Maine’s state-run Dirigo Health program.

It would also add a new tax on health insurance claims to replace an assessment on insurers.