Yes on One Campaign announces new endorsements

BREWER, Maine (WABI) - The "Yes on One" campaign announced some new endorsements Thursday.

The question asks Mainers if they want to create a new tax of 3.8% on Mainers of higher income levels to help pay for home care for seniors and those with disabilities.

The group now has the backing of the Maine Council of Churches, the Maine Education Association, the veterans organization Common Defense, and the Well Spouse Association which represents family caregivers.

The "Yes on One" camp says this would create jobs for health care professionals to work in homes all over the state, especially in rural areas.

"So many senior and veteran and disability rights investigations. This is a grassroots campaign. We're proud to have more than 45 organizations now backing it. More than 4,000 individuals who have given $24 each to make this happen," said Mike Tipping, Communications Director.

They say funding for the Universal Home Care Program would come from narrowing a tax loophole for the 2.6% wealthiest Mainers.