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Voters Split On Issues As Election Day Nears 

As election day approaches people around the state have some interesting and important decisions to make. One question that has Mainer’s thinking long and hard is Question 4, known as Tabor, Question 4 centers around a cap on state government spending. If Tabor passes it would require voter approval before the government could exceed the cap. Folks seem to be split. “I think we as tax payers are sick of paying taxes and being told by government where the money is going to go without having an actual vote in it,” says Bridget Broznya of Orrington, “you know we’re one of the highest tax revenue states and we have the largest government and for the size for our state it’s getting a little ridiculous.”Ron Green Jr., a Bangor Firefighter, disagrees. “Anything that caps the spending like that really hurts public safety,” says Green, “we’re seeing this is the worst financial year since the great depression if we set spending caps at this type of level we’re never going to get out of it…we’re not able to buy as good of equipment as we have been in the past, we’re not replacing it, everybody’s running short staffed, I think this is going to hurt us even more.””Ernest Gallant of bangor would like to see a cap on government spending. “Of course I’m mainly interested in having someway to control taxation by the citizens and as you know when you go to a city council meeting or a school board meeting they’re always thinking about ways to to spend more money,” he says.Tabor has definitely generated some healthy debate, but no question seems to be striking an emotional chord in people, like Question 1. It was the state legislature and the governor who legalized gay marriage in Maine. A peoples veto is the reason it’s on the november ballot. Some folks believe gay marriage is just too big of an issue…not…to have it decided by the voters. “well I think democracy is a big thing, that Maine voters should be able to have a vote and not just be told the way that things should be,” says Broznya. Miki Macdonald of bangor disagrees. “I would say this country believes in a separation of church and state this is a civil union, this is not a religious law it’s actually civil marriage and churches should be able to decide what they want to do.”There is one thing all sides seem to be able to agree on. “It’s such an honor and privilege to get to vote so i can’t wait for tuesday,” says Macdonald.