Category Archives: Column

Bernie Sanders is a harbinger of future division

For years now, the left has rather enjoyed — and I can’t say that I blame them — watching the chaos in the Republican party, which has been caused by the insurgent, anti-establishment, populist rebellion within the conservative movement. Tired of professional politicians, broken promises, chameleon-like shifts to core ideology, and horse trading for power […]

Divided we fail

Last week, Democratic Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston threw some cold water on the idea that Maine could see major tax reform this year. “It’s difficult, at this point, to do any meaningful kind of tax reform,” she said. Citing a refusal by the Maine Revenue Service to score the recently unveiled GOP budget plan, Rotundo […]

Revenue sharing has failed, and it’s time to end it

How high are your property taxes? Mine are pretty high. Ever wonder why? Answering that is pretty complicated, of course. Maine’s municipal structure, individual town choices, town councils’ priorities and makeup, the desires of residents in each town, the housing stock, the population level, property values, and a collection of reasons a mile long can […]