Tax breaks may be better spent elsewhere

The evidence suggests that instead of giving millions to profitable corporations, Maine could better spend that money on public investments that truly benefit communities and the economy — such as education, health care, infrastructure, and clean air and water.

But as long as these tax breaks are on the books, the least we should expect is a good-faith, proactive effort at accountability. That means asking questions, as the presiding officers did. And yes, it means considering repeal of tax credits when corporations aren’t living up to their promises.

Click here to read MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin’s full letter to the editor, first published January 22, 2020, in the Kennebec Journal / Morning Sentinel.