SUPREME DECISION - State's highest court rules TABOR's OK after all

The Maine Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling barring the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) from appearing on this November's ballot. The Supreme Court ruled that the signatures to get TABOR on the ballot which were submitted late should in fact be accepted and TABOR will now go to Maine voters.

TABOR limits the state's budget to a formula based on population plus inflation. Critics of TABOR say, if passed, schools and state healthcare will suffer and the state will be less able to weather an economic slump.

The Court ruled that more than 4000 signatures submitted a few days after the deadline were admissible because the deadline was non-binding and compromised citizens' constitutional right to petition. Almost immediately after the Supreme Court released its decision, Governor John Baldacci and Democratic Speaker of the House John Richardson released statements predicting voters will eventually reject TABOR in November.

"TABOR is bad for Maine," said the Governor in his press release. "I trust that the people of Maine will make the right decision if this proposal goes on the November ballot."

The conservative website As Maine Goes also weighed in quickly, check out its latest here.

Here's a link FOR TABOR.

Here's a link AGAINST TABOR.

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