The Latest on Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s final State of the State address (all times local):
Republican Gov. Paul LePage is renewing his attack on land trusts that he says are keeping too much land off of the tax rolls in Maine.
LePage said that the amount of tax-exempt land conserved from development has grown from 35,800 acres in 1993 to more than 500,000 acres today.
He said that’s led to $330 million in taxes being shifted onto Mainers.
He said that 20 percent of the state is currently exempt from taxes. He said that’s an area about the size of the state of Connecticut. He said, “everyone has to pay their fair share.” He called it “common sense.”
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says “now is not the time to slow down.”