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Stephen King: Taxes Comment From Paul LePage Deserves an Apology

By    |   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 08:01 AM

Stephen King took a shot at Paul LePage last week after the governor of Maine implied in a radio address that the famed horror author moved out of state to avoid paying taxes.

It started on Wednesday when LePage, a Republican, released a radio address, which promoted the elimination of the state income tax, according to the Portland Press Herald.

"Meanwhile, remember who introduced the income tax here in Maine," LePage wrote of former Gov. Ken Curtis. "Well, today former Governor Ken Curtis lives in Florida where there is zero income tax. Stephen King and Roxanne Quimby have moved away, as well."

King, a longtime Maine, resident, took offense to the comment and responded Friday, arguing that he owns property in Maine and paid $1.4 million in taxes to the state in 2013.



King issued a follow-up response to WZON-AM — a radio station he owns — by posting it on the station's Facebook page.

 


The sentence referring to King no longer appears on LePage's written transcript of the radio program.

King continued to demand an apology from LePage on Friday, after detailing to the Press Herald the taxes he has paid to the state.

"In 2013, my wife and I paid approximately $1.4 million in state taxes," King told the newspaper in an email. "As this is a matter of public record, I have no problem telling you that. I would imagine 2014 was about the same, but I do not have those figures."

"In addition, the King Foundation gives grants from three to five million dollars annually, mostly in Maine," he continued. "We consider this a very fair price for living in the most beautiful state in America."

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