I oppose Question 2, the 3 percent tax increase on income over $200,000, for two very different reasons:

 The distribution of the money if this passes would be upside down, with wealthy districts getting more and rural districts getting less. I have heard supporters say we should pass this and let the Legislature fix the problems. I am not interested in giving our Legislature a $157 million pot to redistribute as they see fit. I want to see the solution before I vote on it.

 I don’t want Maine to have the second highest marginal tax rate in the country. We need to build our economy and create more jobs, not drive business leaders, professionals and philanthropists out of the state.

Let’s defeat Question 2 as a right idea but wrong solution. Then let’s get to work on fixing the funding distribution and figuring out the best way to fund it.

David Barber

Cape Elizabeth