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Monday, August 21, 2006

"Greens Vote to Reject TABOR" by Ed King on August 21, 2006

The Portland Green Independent Committee voted unanimously on August 17th to oppose the Taxpayer Bill of Rights ballot question in November. The decision came after a public debate hosted by the Greens, featuring referendum proponent Tom Zimmerman and Christopher Saint John of the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Local Greens are calling for an overhaul of the tax structure and for tax relief to service centers.

Portland Greens are running more legislative candidates than ever - four years after the election of West End Representative John Eder as the only Green Party state legislator in the country.

Kelsey Perchinski will challenge incumbent Ethan Strimling and Republican David Babin in the District 8 State Senate race, which covers most of the city. Matt Reading is challenging incumbent Herb Adams and Republican Jason Lavoie in District 119 (Parkside, Bayside). Green School Committee member Ben Meiklejohn will run in District 120 (Munjoy Hill) against Republican Jeff Ferland and former Democratic State Senator Ann Rand.

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