About the Initiative


The Stand Up for Students ballot initiative, which is Question 2, increases state funding for public education for grades K-12 by creating a surcharge on households with income greater than $200,000. The Stand Up for Students ballot initiative:

  • Creates a 3% surcharge on household taxable income over $200,000, after all deducations- i.e. for every $1,000 in income over $200K, taxpayer pays $30 additional dollars
  • Generates an estimated $157 million more for public schools statewide
  • Requires funding from the surcharge be used for direct classroom instruction, including teachers, school nurses and other critical public school personnel
  • Surcharge impacts approximately 2% of all Maine households
  • Benefits of the surcharge help more than 180,000 public school students across the state