THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER

Video: Cross Border Shopping Analysis

As part of its ongoing analysis of the impact of Maine sales tax in driving Maine residents to engage in cross border shopping in New Hampshire, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released the following video, highlighting the real-world implications of sales tax policy.Here, MHPC evaluates the "retai ...
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Maine versus New Hampshire XIV: The Personal Income Tax

Maine versus New Hampshire XIV: The Personal Income Tax

On January 18, the New Hampshire legislator is taking up a constitutional amendment that would permanently ban a personal income tax in the state. The good news for Maine is that it is not a ban on a sales tax . . . it is the lack of sales tax in New Hampshire that is currently costing Maine border ...
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New Hampshire Says “Load Up” to Cross-Border Shoppers

New Hampshire Says “Load Up” to Cross-Border Shoppers

I think this article from the Union Leader on the "Load Up" program speaks for itself: State legislators, local businessmen and the New Hampshire Grocers Association are touting a new effort to bring more out-of-state shoppers across the border.“The initiative is a public/private awareness campaig ...
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Tax Reform in Maine

Tax Reform in Maine

On Wednesday I participated in the Subcommittee Meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. Below are my remarks.  In particular, my suggestion for adopting a Business Enterprise Tax garnered some much needed attention.  Here are two links that delve more deeply into why Maine should adop ...
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New Hampshire Lowers Cigarette Tax by 10 Cents

New Hampshire Lowers Cigarette Tax by 10 Cents

More bad news for Maine's economy . . . policymakers in New Hampshire, as part of their new budget, have lowered their cigarette tax by 10 cents.  This widens the tax gap between Maine and New Hampshire to $6.24 per carton.  Lower cigarette prices, lower gasoline prices and summer weather means th ...
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The Great Tax Divide: Maine’s Retail Desert vs. New Hampshire’s Retail Oasis
Hopefully by now you've seen my latest study "The Great Tax Divide."However, I do want to clear up a misquote in the article by the Portland Press Herald.  They state: His analysis says Maine lost $2.2 billion in retail activity from 1951 to 2007 because of its higher taxes. Unfortunately, this imp ...
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oasis
It is well-known that Maine and New Hampshire are polar opposites when it comes to tax policy.  Maine has one of the highest tax burdens in the country at 12.6 percent of personal income (6th highest) while New Hampshire has one of the lowest tax burdens at 8.7 percent of personal income (49th high ...
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Taxes Matter XX

Taxes Matter XX

Dr. Art Woolf over at Vermont Tiger has announced that he has updated his excellentstudy examining how the sales tax in Vermont has lead to Vermonterscross-border shopping in sales-tax free New Hampshire.  You can read the full study here (pdf) but below is the money-line: If Vermont’s border cou ...
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The Silent Tax Revolt: Mainers Cross-Border Shopping in New Hampshire II

The Silent Tax Revolt: Mainers Cross-Border Shopping in New Hampshire II

Read the full report | Faced with a $225,000,000 budget shortfall, some Maine legislators are considering significant tax increases in order to close the budget gap. Perhaps the most popular proposed solution is raising the sales tax by either increasing the rate 20 percent (to 6 percent from 5 perc ...
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Tax Savings to Mainers Engaging in Cross-Border Shopping In New Hampshire

Tax Savings to Mainers Engaging in Cross-Border Shopping In New Hampshire

Read the full report | Maine shares a border with only one other state—New Hampshire. More importantly, from a tax policy perspective, the Maine- New Hampshire border represents one of, if not the, largest tax differentials in the country. According to the Census Bureau, in FY 2005, Maine’s tax ...
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