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Merchants' Group Throws Support Behind TABOR 2
09/28/2009 11:13 AM ET  

The Maine Merchants Association, which represents many retailers in Maine, says the measure is needed to rein in government spending and hold down taxes.

The Maine Merchants Association is throwing its support behind the so-called the Tax the Taxpayer Bill of Rights measure on the November ballot. The Association's board voted to support the measure, saying government spending needs to be slowed, according to Capitol News Service.

The group's Executive Director Curtis Picard says the board debated the spending limits in the measure known as TABOR 2 over two meetings before deciding to endorse it.

"Orr retailers and merchants continue to be concerned about the level of spending that occurs here in Maine, and LD 1, although it was well-intentioned, didn't quite have the teeth to it that everybody anticipated it would, and they're hopeful that this TABOR initiative is different from the first one, and is a step in the right direction."

The Maine Merchants Association represents many retailers in the state. Picard says while the TABOR 2 proposal might not be perfect, it's a step toward holding down spending and limiting tax increases.

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