THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
More Bonds? Not with Maine’s Ballooning Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

More Bonds? Not with Maine’s Ballooning Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

Read the full report | As Mainers consider the June 8 questions to approve $108.3 million in new state bonding, they should take into account that Maine’s pension and retiree healthcare system for government employees is already unsustainable and, as of June 30, 2008, underfunded by nearly $5.1 bi ...
Read more
Maine’s Towering Debt

Maine’s Towering Debt

Read the full report | Maine is drowning in a sea of debt.Much has been made of the budget shortfalls that have plagued the state for years, but Maine people have heard very little about the state?s growing addiction to borrow-ing. Consider the following:? While voters have approved bonded debt in ...
Read more
Maine Property Taxpayers Should Have Paid $188 Million Less (10%) in Property Taxes in 2008
Read the full Report | As a result of huge spending increases at the local level and a failure to pass along increased state aid, property taxpayers paid$188 million more in property taxes than they should have in 2008.In June 2004, Maine voters passed a ballot initiative requiring the State to incr ...
Read more
Understanding Maine’s Business Climate

Understanding Maine’s Business Climate

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question that is usually answered with one anecdote or another. Depending on one’s vantage point, Maine’s business climate could be too hot, too cold or just about right. Unfortunately, creating public policy using ane ...
Read more
Maine’s School Budget Validation Process Saves Tax Dollars

Maine’s School Budget Validation Process Saves Tax Dollars

Read the full report | Today, Maine’s Legislature will begin debate on LD 1739, "An Act To Remove the Requirement that the Annual Budget of a Regional School Unit Must Be Approved at a Budget Validation Referendum." This bill, sponsored by seven Republican state legislators and two Democrats, wou ...
Read more
Racing to Catch Up

Racing to Catch Up

Read the full report | Having fallen behind more reform-minded states, Maine will struggle mightily to demonstrate to the Obama administration that it is worthy of federal Race to the Top funds.Included in the $787 billion federal economic stimulus bill passed by the Congress last spring was the Rac ...
Read more
Setting the Record Straight on TABOR and Education in Colorado

Setting the Record Straight on TABOR and Education in Colorado

Read the full report | To hear the opponents of the Question 4 Taxpayer Bill of Rights tell it, Colorado’s TABOR provision, passed by voters in 1992, has done untold damage to Colorado schools.. However, the data shows that, if anything, Colorado schools have improved under TABOR, sometimes dramat ...
Read more
Setting the Record Straight on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Setting the Record Straight on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Read the full report | As time draws closer for Mainers to pass the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) on November 3, the rhetoric from the opponents grows more detached from reality. When discussing Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, opponents use terms such as “devastating” to describe i ...
Read more
Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) Needed Now More than Ever: Between FY 2008 and FY 2009, 58 percent of Maine’s towns lost a combined 3,056 people while those towns increased property taxes by $45 million
Read the full report | A startling picture of dropping population in Maine’s towns combined with an increasing property tax burden is creating a vicious economic cycle of declining prosperity throughout Maine. This cycle illustrates the need for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) provision w ...
Read more
Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Read the full report | Research of public records reveals that opponents of proposed vehicle excise tax cuts (Question 2) and controls on government spending (Question 4) receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year.In a recent essay in the Portland Press Herald, Mr. Jim Hanley, government ...
Read more
Page 5 of 14« First...3456710...Last »