AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has been appointed by the Senate President to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. His appointment makes Sen. Chenette the Senate Democrats’ leading advocate for responsible tax policy as the ranking member.
“We must focus on reducing the burden of property taxes to keep seniors and Middle Class families in their homes,” said Sen. Chenette. “I’m committed to fighting for a fairer tax system, where residents come first and everyone pays their fair share but no one is unduly burdened. Bringing both sides together to reform the tax code, strengthen taxpayer accountability of corporate tax breaks, and respect the will of the education referendum vote will not be easy, but I’m thankful for the trust of my colleagues to have a seat at the table in crafting the solution.”
The committee has jurisdiction over the Bureau of Revenue Services and the State Property Tax Review Board, and oversight of policy regarding taxes; tax exemptions and credits; the Maine Residents Property Tax Fairness Program; property valuation and assessment; tax increment financing; municipal revenue sharing; taxation of unorganized territories; the tree growth program and other tax issues.
Sen. Chenette previously served on the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee and the State & Local Government Committee for four years in the House and currently represents Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton as the Senate’s youngest member.