Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he anticipates a tough fight in his effort to eventually eliminate Maine's income tax.
The governor said at a luncheon for the conservative think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center on Wednesday he believes that the "war is more than one battle" and doesn't expect it to be won this year.
But he told the roughly 70 attendees at the Cross Insurance Center that he will use that against lawmakers in the next election. He vowed to dedicate the rest of his term to working to eliminate the income tax and lower energy costs.
LePage is seeking to lower the income tax in his budget proposal and also wants to amend the constitution to ensure that future state revenues go toward eventually eliminating it.