Maine author Stephen King, who has set many of his horror novels in his home state, is demanding an apology from the state’s governor, Gov. Paul LePage.
The ongoing feud between the two Mainers is escalating to pop-star proportions. It began when LePage, in his weekly radio address, declared that King neither lives in Maine nor pays income tax there. According to the Portland Press Herald, LePage’s remarks were part of his defense of a controversial proposal which “reduces the state income tax by raising the sales tax and applying it to new items and services, a proposal that LePage argues will lure wealthy retirees and seasonal inhabitants to make Maine their primary domicile.” Former Governor Ken Curtis, who LePage notes initially adopted the state’s income tax, now lives in Florida.
“Meanwhile, remember who introduced the income tax here in Maine,” LePage said on the radio. “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 countered that while he lives in Florida for part of the year, he does still live in Maine, and he’ll have LePage know that he does pay his taxes.
“In 2013, my wife and I paid approximately 1.4 million (dollars) in state taxes,” King wrote in an email to the Portland Press Herald on Friday night. “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.”
He continued: “In addition, the King Foundation gives grants from three to five million dollars annually, mostly in Maine. We consider this a very fair price for living in the most beautiful state in America.”
King tweeted Thursday:
Sunday night, he took to the social media platform again to express his disappointment at LePage’s lack of apology: