Responsible Tax Reform?

March 20, 2012 by

Maine has pursued broad based tax reform in fits and starts.  We have seen time and again that responsible, broad based tax reform is difficult to achieve.  The LePage Administration has taken a different approach.  Rather than tackle the whole tax system, they’ve prioritized cutting income and estate taxes as part of the budget process.  This narrow focus has proven effective politically but may ultimately wreak havoc on Maine’s tax … Read the rest

“Bait and switch” legislation is bad for Maine now and in the future

March 19, 2012 by

A troubling tactic to push bills through the Legislature with minimum public scrutiny has begun to result in the passage of ill-conceived, irresponsible legislation under the radar screen.

Last year, Maine’s Legislature passed a sweeping overhaul of the State’s health insurance laws.  Originally introduced as a four page bill, the bill’s final version was substantially different and many of the final provisions were not subject to a public hearing.  At … Read the rest

Faulty Data and Bad Decisions

March 9, 2012 by

On March 7, newspapers statewide reported that “a computer problem that allowed at least 19,000 Mainers who were not eligible for Medicaid to receive benefits has thrown state budget assumptions into doubt and may extend the current legislative session while the situation is addressed.”  The article added that the “staff at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) were aware of a problem with the bill-paying computer system since … Read the rest