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Maine versus New Hampshire X

Maine versus New Hampshire X

Scott Moody - Chief EconomistSo in the past few days we've seen a quite a bit of "gnashing of the teeth" over Amity Shlaes's Bloomberg article.  A few days ago we had Kit St. John of the so-called Maine Center for Economic Policy send in a letter-to-the editor to the Portland Press Herald a few day ...
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Maine versus New Hampshire IX

Maine versus New Hampshire IX

Today, author and columnist Amity Shlaes ran an article in Bloomberg citing my research on the Maine's private sector in comparison with New Hampshire's private sector.  For those who missed it, Amity came to Maine in August, 2008 to discuss her best-selling book "The Forgotten Man: A New History o ...
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Maine Jobs from Noncommercial Establishments

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question 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 based on anecdote ...
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Maine Jobs

Maine Jobs from Commercial Establishments

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question 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 based on anecdote ...
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Maine Job Creation from the Expansion or Contraction of Establishments

Maine Job Creation from the Expansion or Contraction of Establishments

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question 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 anecdotes o ...
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Maine Job Creation from the Birth or Death of Establishments

Maine Job Creation from the Birth or Death of Establishments

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question 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 anecdotes o ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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