Maine Needs More Energy Efficiency Investment, Not Less

April 29, 2013 by

As Maine lawmakers consider two major pieces of energy legislation in the coming weeks, energy efficiency investments should be their number one priority. Maine should invest more in energy efficiency, not less. Energy efficiency is Maine’s cost-effective energy resource, and unlike fossil fuels, it’s a resource we can control ourselves.

The governor’s proposal would increase energy bills for Mainers by reducing investments in energy efficiency. Since investments in energy efficiency … Read the rest

Some Proposals to Raise New Revenue From High-Income Earners

April 23, 2013 by

Today, the Legislature’s taxation committee heard public testimony on several tax bills that would help balance the state’s budget without raising taxes on low- and middle-income families.

Three of the proposals would return high-income taxpayers to a top marginal tax rate of 8.5%. One would create a “Buffett Rule” to ensure that high-income Mainers pay a total state and local tax rate at least equal to the state average. The … Read the rest

Income Tax Cuts for the Rich Are a Recipe for Fewer Jobs and Slower Economic Growth

April 4, 2013 by

Legislators are currently considering Governor LePage’s proposed biennial budget that would saddle low- and middle-income Maine families with the tab for a two-year budget gap that’s $433 million bigger than it would have been without large income, estate, and pension tax cuts enacted over the past two years.

These tax cuts are a windfall for the richest families in Maine, but they undermine the state’s ability to make public investments … Read the rest