Tag Archives: Taxes

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 […]

It is time to pass tax reform

I suppose it should be no surprise, but the federal tax reform package — officially dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — continues to generate the most insane, outlandish reactions possible. The foolishness came to a head on Sunday as professional protesters with apparently absolutely nothing else to do, showed up at Sen. Susan Collins […]

More money for Maine schools won’t fix a broken system

Since the passage of Question 2 on last November’s ballot, the debate over it has centered around the question of taxes. Does Maine want to have, depending on how you count it, the highest or second highest income tax rate in the country? Is that what Maine people voted for, or were they just trying […]

Lawmakers hear just how bad Question 2 really is

Monday, I had the pleasure — and I say that with a fairly substantial amount of sarcasm — of being at the public hearing that was being held on five bills that seek, in a variety of ways, to deal with the 3 percent tax surcharge passed by referendum this fall. The Joint Committee on […]

Unpacking Maine’s Horrible Business Ranking

Yesterday, Forbes released its annual list of “The Best States for Business“, and Maine had the unfortunate honor of coming in dead last. Again. Clearly they haven’t seen the governor’s sign. Governor LePage and legislative Republicans have been in power for roughly a year, and it is quite unrealistic to expect Maine to be completely […]