Recently, Gov. Paul LePage addressed Maine legislators and the citizens of Maine. He introduced his agenda for this year and beyond, which included elimination of the state income tax.

Since that time, we’ve learned that to achieve his goal and continue to fund programs that Maine people support, we would need to replace those dollars lost with dollars from other sources. Most likely, these other sources would include an increase to the sales and property taxes.

When Gov. LePage set forth his proposal to eliminate the state income tax, he also said he looked forward to working with legislators from both parties to accomplish his goal.

Since addressing the Legislature, however, Gov. LePage has said that he plans to target any lawmaker who votes against his efforts to eliminate the income tax. He said, “I will spend the rest of my days going after those people.”

Furthermore, he has reportedly stated that any Republican lawmakers who vote against him are not really Republicans.

This isn’t the first time the governor has resorted to these bullying tactics, and we feel certain that it won’t be the last.

We wonder what he has in store for the average Maine citizen who publicly disagrees with him on this or any other issue.

Sharon Benoit and Keith Weatherbie