Tag Archives: Janet Mills

A look back to the early days of coronavirus in Maine

I don’t typically write follow up columns to things I wrote, but in this case I’m going to have to make an exception. A couple weeks ago, the column I wrote in these very pages declared in rather concrete terms that I was not worried about the coronavirus. What I was more worried about than […]

The government spending spree continues

There are good times, and there are bad times. One thing in this life is certain: if you are currently living through one of those, the other will come eventually. If an economic boom is happening, there will be an eventual slowdown and recession. If you are in the middle of economic calamity, there will […]

20 bold predictions for 2020

I will begin this annual tradition of mine by acknowledging a failure of my final prediction of 2019. You see, in last year’s column, I told you that this year I would simply do a top 10 list of my predictions, as the number of required predictions each year was getting unwieldy. Alas, there is […]

If Gov. Mills signs a local option sales tax, she will have broken a promise to Maine

Remember when Gov. Janet Mills told you that she would not, if elected, support increased taxes? Pay close attention to what happens in Augusta in the next couple weeks, because she may very well have to choose whether she meant that promise or not. Tuesday, the Maine House narrowly voted — 73 in favor to […]

Let teachers teach, and pay the best ones

It is pretty hard to find someone more sympathetic to the plight of teachers than me. My wife’s profession is elementary education, where she has worked for years as a teacher in kindergarten through second grade. I’ve seen the struggles she goes through up close and personal for years. I’ve been in her classroom with […]

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 […]

Abortion funding is about choice and responsibility

One of the least productive public debates in American society today, is the debate over abortion. It isn’t that there aren’t extremely important and worthwhile issues to debate about the subject, but opinions have long ago hardened, and no one has any real interest in having a rational discussion. It is highly emotional, people talk […]

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 […]

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.” […]