The Maine House rejected a bill that would have doubled the state’s earned income tax credit.

But a Republican legislator said the bill was not necessary because the current plan by the governor is to eliminate state income taxes for people who earn less than $30,000 per year.

The House voted on March 10 to defeat LD 695 that would have increased the state’s earned income tax credit from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit. The vote was 76-72 to accept the recommendation of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee to defeat the legislation.

The House was split along party lines with Republican Reps. Wes Richardson of Warren, Dana Dow of Waldoboro, Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea, and Jonathan McKane of Newcastle voting to kill LD 695.

Democratic Reps. Edward Mazurek of Rockland, Chuck Kruger of Thomaston, Joan Welsh of Rockport, Andrew O’Brien of Lincolnville, and Walter Kumiega III of Deer Isle voted to keep the bill alive.

Democratic representatives said they support such credits that put money into the hands of the people.

Richardson said the bill was not necessary because under Gov. Paul LePage’s plan, people earning less than $30,000 would not be paying state income taxes.