Tax and Budget

February 28, 2019
Summary: Click here to read this complete policy brief For years, Maine has fallen short on its commitments to fund public schools and make robust investments in our local communities. This year, legislators can meet both funding targets for the first time ever.

Tax and BudgetEach year, Maine leaders set priorities and make choices for allocating state and local revenues for education, health care, public assistance, economic development, public safety, roads and bridges, environmental protection, and other services important to Maine families, businesses, and communities. They also determine how to fund those revenues through taxes, fees, borrowing, and other sources. For 20 years, MECEP has provided exhaustive, timely, and respected analysis of Maine tax and budget policies to ensure that Maine invests its limited revenues wisely in ways that most benefit Maine working families, especially their economic security, health care needs, and education and job training and that encourage strong economic growth by addressing the needs of Maine businesses for skilled workers, promoting local markets, and investing in research and development. We also assess the fairness of Maine’s tax policies, work to eliminate ineffective, wasteful tax breaks, especially for large corporations, and assure greater progressivity of Maine’s revenues.

Most Recent
April 2, 2019
Summary: Communities in every corner of the state have suffered from underfunding of education and local services. The symptoms of cuts to communities are greater pressure on town budgets, cuts to local services and schools, and property tax increases.
March 27, 2019
Sarah Austin Communities in every corner of the state have suffered from underfunding of education and local services. The symptoms of cuts to communities are greater pressure on town budgets, cuts to local services and schools, and property tax increases.
March 22, 2019
Sarah Austin Many of the most important services are provided at the local level. Things like public safety, road maintenance, education, parks, and libraries support our economy and make our communities better places to live.
March 14, 2019
Maine’s Legislature is considering a bill that would incrementally eliminate Maine’s income tax. While there is little likelihood of the bill becoming law, it’s critical to note how such proposals would harm our state now and in the future.
March 13, 2019
Corporations need reliable infrastructure and healthy, educated workers to be successful. The Legislature and local communities work hard to foster these conditions for success. Businesses chip in to provide for these fundamentals through corporate taxes.
March 4, 2019
Sarah Austin The estate tax, paid only by the very wealthiest, is a critical tool for reducing inequality and investing in the things that create shared prosperity.
February 28, 2019
Summary: Click here to read this complete policy brief For years, Maine has fallen short on its commitments to fund public schools and make robust investments in our local communities.
October 17, 2018
Building an inclusive economy requires tax policy that meets two conditions. The first is that those with the most are asked to pay more, or at the very least pay as great a share of their income in taxes as everyone else.
September 21, 2018
The Home Care referendum on November’s ballot would affect 34,442 Mainers at the top of the income distribution, according to a new analysis conducted by MECEP.
September 10, 2018
As campaigns for governor and state legislative seats swing into high gear, one thing is certain: The winners of this fall’s elections need to be able to hit the ground running when the election is over.