The people’s veto of a controversial tax-reform measure, scheduled for statewide vote during the primary election Tuesday, June 8, will be the subject of a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Victoria Grant Civic Center, sponsored by the Winterport Area Business Association.

Bernie Littlefield, president of WABA, announced this week that the author of the bill, Rep. John Piotti, D-Unity, will explain the purpose of the legislation. Piotti will be joined on the panel by Rep. Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, who has said that he is opposed to the reform effort and wants the people’s veto to pass.

The reform law was approved by the 124th Legislature last year and signed into law by the governor. Since then, however, a successful petition drive led by opponents of the tax reform measure resulted in the people’s veto initiative. The effective date of the tax reform law has been delayed until January of 2011, awaiting results of the June vote.

According to Littlefield, both representatives will be given an opportunity to discuss the new law for a few minutes at the beginning of the session. At that point, each will be given added time to outline their positions pro and con about the measure. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Thibodeau and Piotti both are candidates for the State Senate seat in District 23, which includes all 26 towns in Waldo County.

Piotti, a Democrat, has served four terms in the House of Representatives and is currently House majority leader. Thidodeau, a Republican, has served two terms in the House and serves on the Labor and the Utilities and Energy committees.

For more information about the public forum, contact Littlefield at Bel Portraits in Winterport, 223-4400, or check the WABA Web site at