Tax and Budget

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February 29, 2008
With a $180 million budget shortfall — a projection that covers expenses through June 2009 — occupying state legislators’ attention, there is little doubt that Maine faces some hard choices.
February 6, 2008
This paper examines how Maine compares to other states and what some of the impacts we might expect from altering current spending patterns are likely to be.
January 26, 2008
With the threat of a recession looming over the nation, Congress and the president have put aside some differences to work together on a stimulus package.
January 17, 2008
There is much discussion these days of the natural and appropriate desire of Maine residents to get the best value for our expenditures through state and local government.
August 14, 2007
Some journalists, politicians, business leaders and voters have knee-jerk reactions to questions about Maine’s “business climate.” They assume they are well informed, so they stop asking hard questions that might shed a clearer light on the subject.
May 6, 2007
As they compete for tourists, rural Maine’s scattered and relatively remote attractions have difficulty holding their own against heavily promoted neighbors that are handy to big metropolitan populations, such as the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks’ Lake Placid.
June 23, 2006
A popular theme for some this election season is uncontrolled growth in state government. According to critics, Maine state government is growing at a staggering rate, this growth is pulling down the Maine economy and it must be stopped.
April 24, 2006
The aim of this study is to better understand the burden of property taxes on Maine resident homeowners – both before and after their refunds through the Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund program – known as the “circuit breaker.” by Michael Allen and Richard Woodbury Maine Property Taxes: Does the Circuit Breaker Relieve the Burden  
April 16, 2005
Some in Augusta seem once again trying to promise the free lunch of lower taxes and no negative effects on services. They criticize the state budget just passed, but have yet to offer a clear alternative.