Wither our roads?

February 24, 2016 by

Jody Harris blog 11-16-2015

“Reversing the decline in state investment in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure is key to creating good jobs and promoting full economic recovery…”

Center for Budget and Policy PrioritiesIt’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure, February 2016

Pothole-MEWith mud season right around the corner, our roads will once again be awash in pot holes knocking auto front-ends out of … Read the rest

What Mainers need to know about the tax conformity debate

February 16, 2016 by

Sarah Austin blog 11-16-2015Maine legislators are currently debating tax conformity, a procedure primarily to make Maine’s tax code consistent with changes Congress made to the federal tax code last year. However, as the Bangor Daily News noted, “Over the years, Maine has been in different stages of compliance with the federal code around bonus depreciation, which allows upfront tax breaks for business equipment.” Choosing to conform to federal bonus depreciation is a … Read the rest

Why tax conformity really matters to Maine teachers and families

February 12, 2016 by

Sarah Austin blog 11-16-2015

“Propping up a tax break that reimburses teachers less than $20 as a true means of offering relief to teachers, who by the way spend on average $513 on school supplies each year, is just wrong. The reality is that legislators are not debating this meager tax break for teachers. The tax conformity provisions for teachers, students, and homeowners have vast bi-partisan support.”

The Maine Department of Administration and Finance … Read the rest

Is Maine’s current job creation strategy “off base”?

February 10, 2016 by

Mark Sullivan blog 11-16-2015Analysis in a new report (State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base) from our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) concludes that:

“To create jobs and build strong economies, states should focus on producing more home-grown entrepreneurs and on helping startups and young, fast-growing firms already located in the state to survive and to grow ― not on cutting taxes and trying to lure

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Trade agreement threatens Maine jobs and wages

February 9, 2016 by

Jody Harris blog 11-16-2015As early as this month, Congress will vote up or down whether or not to enter into the Transatlantic Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, a treaty that some call “NAFTA* on steroids”. MECEP submitted testimony to the U.S. International Trade Commission outlining the dangers the treaty poses to Maine’s economy.

Maine’s emblematic fishing industry provides one example of how the TPP agreement will contribute to job loss and increase wage … Read the rest

MHPC “Piglet Book” ignores administration mismanagement and misses the real scandal: millions of lost and rejected federal funds

February 8, 2016 by

“Weeding out authentic waste, fraud, and abuse is a laudable goal, but to overlook hundreds of millions of dollars in lost federal funds, as the MHPC report does, reflects the priorities of the LePage administration—scoring partisan, ideological points at the expense of Maine taxpayers, Maine’s economy, and Maine families, seniors, children and others at risk.”

Commenting on the release of the 2016 edition of Maine Heritage Policy Center’s (MHPC) Piglet Read the rest