Home Care Referendum Campaign Delivers Signatures to Get Initiative on Ballot

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - 67,000 signatures were delivered to the Secretary of State's Office on Friday to place a referendum on November's ballot.

It would guarantee access to home care for Mainers living with disabilities and seniors who need help staying in their homes.

It would provide funding to ensure that any individual in need of home care would receive it, regardless of family situation or income level.

Supporters say the measure would be funded by closing a payroll and unearned income tax loophole on people earning more than $127,000 a year.

It would tax income above that limit at nearly 2-percent to fully fund home care for those in need.

"It's also a plan to raise wages for workers and professionalize the home care industry creating good jobs and making sure caregivers are there when they're needed," said Miri Lyons, a former home care worker.

Once the signatures have been validated by the Secretary of State's Office, the initiative will go before lawmakers before being placed on the ballot.