Sen. Chipman to chair Taxation Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature
AUGUSTA — Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, has been appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to chair the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation for the 129th Legislative session. The Taxation Committee is responsible for Bureau of Revenue Services and State Property Tax Review Board; state and local taxes; tax exemptions and credits; taxpayer relief programs and other tax issues.
“It is a real honor to be appointed to chair the Taxation Committee,” said Sen. Chipman. “My priority is to make sure we have a fair and balanced tax system that generates enough revenue to pay for the important services we all value including education, health and human services, and transportation.”
Sen. Chipman also will serve on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, which is responsible for the Department of Transportation; Bureau of Motor Vehicles; Maine Turnpike Authority; and other motor vehicle, highway and transportation issues.
Sen. Chipman is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, having served previously for six years in the House of Representatives. He represents Senate District 27, which consists of part of the city of Portland, including Peaks, Cliff and Great Diamond islands. Sen. Chipman is a small-business owner and resides in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland. His passion for environmental activism, public transportation, affordable housing and economic opportunity, influenced his choice to become involved in politics.
Lawmakers are assigned to committees by the presiding officers based on their interests, experience and professional background. Joint standing committees are composed of three senators and ten representatives. The Legislature reconvened Jan. 2.