Stephen King demands apology from governor who said he doesn’t pay taxes

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NEW YORK — Stephen King is as mad as his infamous evil clown over the Maine governor’s claim that he doesn’t pay his state taxes.

“Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes,” tweeted King. “I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize.”

King made that statement on March 19. The governor had just called him out in his weekly radio broadcast for fleeing the state to avoid income taxes, according to the Portland Press Herald.

According to the Portland Press Herald’s screen shot of the original transcript from the governor’s web site, he says that King “moved away” from Maine, along with Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby and former Gov. Ken Curtis, who “lives in Florida where there is no income tax.”

On Monday morning, however, the transcript on the governor’s site didn’t contain any references to King.

“In 2013, my wife and I paid approximately 1.4 million (dollars) in state taxes,” King said in an email to the Portland Press Herald. “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.

“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 is the bestselling author of 55 books, including “It,” a horror novel with the scary clown Pennywise.

“No apology from Governor LePage,” tweeted King on Sunday. “Some guys are a lot better at dishing it out than taking it back.”

The governor’s office did not immediately return messages from reporters.

King is a native of Maine. He was born in Portland and owns two homes in the state. He reportedly winters in Sarasota, Fla., which is what the governor was referring to.

He is one of the most prominent living authors in the world, with a net worth of $400 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.