We’re Getting Fiscal!

February 13, 2015 by

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More than 70 folks are assembled at Maple Hill Farm Conference Center in Hallowell for MECEP’s Tax and Budget Conference! Nature has given us a (albeit brief) respite from the snow. Joel Johnson has just completed his outstanding presentation, “Analyzing Governor LePage’s Tax Reform Plan.” You can view the slide below along with the rest of the slides from Joel’s presentation at this link.

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After Sixteen Years of Progress Reducing Smoking Rates, Maine Shouldn’t Call Off the Fight

February 5, 2015 by

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The four major tobacco companies and the attorneys general of 46 states reached a master settlement agreement in 1998, acknowledging that the companies sold addictive products that caused an epidemic of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, the corporations agreed to pay $206 billion to the states over 25 years. The tobacco settlement is more than halfway over – states received the first payment in 1999. But many states have … Read the rest

Eliminating Maine’s Estate Tax: Another Gift from Governor LePage to Wealthy Mainers

February 3, 2015 by

The Governor’s plan to eliminate the state’s estate tax is bad for Maine, and the legislature should reject this proposal. It would hurt our ability to invest in a stronger economy for the state, and it would only benefit the wealthiest Maine estates and their heirs. It would further widen the growing gap between rich and poor in Maine and squander resources needed to educate kids, train workers, or offset … Read the rest