Income Tax Down? Gay Marriage Up? 

Democratic legislative leaders in Maine are pushing a plan to lower the state income tax rate from 8.5% to 6.5%, while broadening the sales tax and raising some other taxes.Backers say it would shift more of the tax burden to out-of-state visitors, thus lightening the load on maine residents. Increases are proposed in the meals and lodging tax and the real estate transfer tax.Meanwhile, the author of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine says more than 60 legislators from both parties have signed on as co-sponsors.Democratic Senator Dennis Damon of Trenton said many legislators sought to have their names associated with the bill, prompting leadership to open it up to unlimited sponsorship. Normally, no more than 10 lawmakers can be listed as co-sponsors of a bill.The bill would make Maine the third state, after Massachusetts and Connecticut, to allow gay marriage. Maine law currently defines marriage as between one man and one woman.