Has Janet Mills Paralyzed Progressive Reform?

To many Democrats, most disturbing about Mills’ no-new-taxes pledge is that it leaves in place LePage’s income-tax cuts, which lowered the top rate on the rich from 8.5 to 7.15 percent and swept away a 2016-referendum-approved 3-percent surtax on incomes over $200,000 that would have given more money to education. The left-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy in Augusta estimates that the state is losing $864 million in revenue in the current budget cycle because of these cuts.

And Maine’s tax system now has the very, very wealthy — the 1 percent — paying in combined state and local taxes a lower share of family income than the bottom 20 percent of citizens, as the accompanying chart shows.

Click here to read the full story, published March 7, 2019, in the Free Press.