Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says that tax revenue has surpassed expectations again in October.
LePage’s Finance Commissioner Alec Porteous said Tuesday that Maine collected $26.6 million in tax revenue over official estimates.
That includes $11.9 million in individual income tax revenue that came in over official estimates. Corporate income tax revenues were up $11.4 million over budget for October.
Porteous said September taxable sales increased 6.9 percent over a year ago. Tourism sales tied to restaurants and lodging increased, for example.
LePage is calling on Democratic Gov.-elect and Attorney General Janet Mills to return surplus tax revenue to Mainers through tax relief.
Mills will be sworn into office Jan. 2. She has until Feb. 8 to submit her budget proposal to the Legislature.