Tag Archives: Taxes

How do we lower Maine’s tax burden?

Taxes are a complicated thing. You are taxed in many ways, not just on your income, and not just by one government. Indeed, American federalism guarantees that you are in fact taxed by your national government, you state government, your county government and your town government, to say nothing of the “fees” you pay to […]

No, I don’t want to live in Massachusetts

In addition to running a public policy think tank and writing this column every week, I have also been blessed for the last three years to host the morning drive time radio program on WGAN, southern Maine’s biggest news and talk radio station. A couple weeks ago, we decided to host a conversation with lawmakers […]

Resentment in sports, and politics

The day before the Super Bowl this year, my oldest son — who is going to be 12 this month — and I were in the car, talking about the upcoming game. After I stopped to get some gas, he mentioned to me that “nobody wanted the Patriots to win.” Living in New England in […]

A pox on both political parties

So, I’ve been a bit hard on the new liberal regime in Augusta recently. I’ve been giving Gov. Janet Mills and her allies in the Legislature unsolicited advice, telling them to do things that I am well aware they will never have any intention of doing. Things like controlling spending, lowering taxes, and continuing to […]

In Congress, what is old is new again

I am constantly told that the ancient fossils in Congress need to be thrown out in favor of younger generations, because they will provide a “breath of fresh air” and offer “new ideas” about this country’s future. Now, I will say that seeing older, career politicians forcibly ejected from Washington, D.C. causes me no sadness. […]

Mainers are finding out they voted for tax and spend

Spend spend spend. Tax tax tax. You heard a lot of flowery talk about responsibly leading Maine. You heard about discipline and “investments” that would make the state better. “No, we won’t raise your taxes,” they said, “we’ll just re-prioritize state government and we’ll use money we already have to do a few things responsibly.” […]

Congratulations Gov. Mills, now lower taxes

Dear Gov. Mills, By the time you read this, the word “elect” will have been dropped from your title, and you will be our new governor. I say “our” new governor, because too many politicians of both parties forget that they have been elected to represent everyone, including those who love them and voted for […]

Now is the time to cut taxes and reform government

At what point in your life are you most likely to spend extravagantly? When are you most likely to waste? When are you most likely to purchase the thing you don’t need, or indulge yourself on the thing that you want, or eat out more often, at more expensive restaurants? The answer is universal for […]

Making childcare more affordable doesn’t take a government program

The funny thing about Maine politics is that, for the most part, everyone agrees on the same problems. There are two specific instances of that concept which we are constantly presented with: Maine’s economy, and the need to get younger. The Maine economy is strong right now, in relative terms. Unemployment is low, wages are […]