Maine has approved a statewide sales tax increase from 5.0% to 5.5% for general sales tax and from 7% to 8% for prepared food, lodging, and liquor. The tax hike is temporary, taking effect October 1, 2013, and expiring June 30, 2015.
Part of a plan to balance the state’s budget, lawmakers project that the tax increase will raise $178 million in revenue. The increase was not without its opponents. The Maine Senate had to overturn the Governor’s veto in order to pass the bill.