March 26, 2015

Stephen King wants Governor Paul LePage to “man up and apologize”


Stephen King  (via Wikimedia)

Stephen King (via Wikimedia)

It’s tax season, everyone! And in a radio address in which he proposed a tax overhaul plan, Maine Governor Paul LePage suggested that “famous residents [are] leaving the state because the income tax [is] too cumbersome” and singled one famous person in particular: the author Stephen King, who spends his summers in Florida (land of no income tax).

The Los Angeles Times reports that LePage and King are now “engaged in an epic feud,” and King is demanding an apology: “Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes. I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize,” the author tweeted.

This is a touchy subject for King, who’s long been an outspoken advocate for higher taxes for the superrich. In a 2012 manifesto for The Daily Beast he wrote:

Cut a check and shut up, they said.

If you want to pay more, pay more, they said.

Tired of hearing about it, they said.

Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.

Boy, did LePage pick the wrong guy! It’s a matter of public record that in 2013 Stephen King and his wife paid approximately $1.4 million in state taxes. And as of this writing, no apology from the governor.


Taylor Sperry is an editor at Melville House.