Maine House Rejects Income Tax Bill 

The Republican-led Maine House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have lowered income taxes if the state has surplus revenue.The 72-61 vote came Tuesday night.The bill goes back for further consideration in the Senate, which approved the bill about two weeks ago.The bill proposes to lower the income tax rate to 4 percent over time by diverting money from the rainy day fund.Supporters say it would return money to the taxpayers.Opponents say it benefits the wealthy most, reduces state revenues by $600 million a year, and would shift more of the tax burden to towns that would need to raise property taxes.Saco Democrat Donald Pilon called the bill “irresponsible.”