Hanley, Marks Talk Taxes, Police Reform

Hanley, Marks Talk Taxes, Police Reform

Maine House District 87 candidates Tim Marks, D-Pittston, and Jeff Hanley, R-Pittston. (Maia Zewert photos) The candidates for Maine House District 87 discuss Maine’s income tax and police reform in a forum set to air on Lincoln County Television at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29. State Rep. Jeff Hanley, R-Pittston, and Tim Marks, D-Pittston, are the candidates. Hanley is seeking a fourth straight term in the district, which is Alna, Pittston, Randolph, and Wiscasset. Marks served one term in the Legislature from 2012-2014. The forum will be the second of nine to air. The Lincoln County News is hosting the forums in partnership with LCTV. J.W. Oliver, editor of the LCN, is moderating the forums. Hanley has advocated for the abolition of the state’s income tax, but acknowledges that the state will have to make up the revenue another way, which may not be feasible right now. “You’d have to raise sales tax from 5% to 7%, and that would be a big bite,” he said. “In these times that we’re looking at right now, I don’t see that as an issue that we can do.” Marks, a retired state trooper, said he does not support “defunding” the police and believes Maine’s police force is well trained. However, he thinks changes can be made to better serve the community. “We can shift focus. Somebody who has a mental illness or who’s in crisis, the police shouldn’t necessarily be the first agency that’s called,” he said. “Have a mental health […]

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