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The Free ME Initiative

Free ME is a bold initiative that will free Maine. It is a realistic strategy for spurring economic development statewide.Maine has the opportunity to become America’s premier destination for economic freedom and growth. Overall, Free ME is not a new concept. Free ME simp ...
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Who Are Maine’s “Rich?”

Who Are Maine's "Rich?"In these dark economic times, the siren call of “tax the rich” is hurled at policymakers as the solution to Maine’s budget woes. The accusation is that the rich are just sitting on their money and having government take it from them in order to spend it will get t ...
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Families and Entrepreneurs make up top earners, income tax hits them hardestA report released today by the Maine Heritage Policy Center shows that Maine’s high-earning individuals are working married couples with dual incomes and risk-taking entrepreneurs who create jobs. This is in stark ...
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The Circumstance is Our Own Making

The Circumstance is Our Own Making

Recently, the New England Public Policy Institute released a new report called, “How Does New Hampshire Do It? An Analysis of Spending and Revenues in the Absence of a Broad-based Income or Sales Tax.” This report looks at different factors and policies in New Hampshire that permits the state to ...
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Constitutional Challenge to Maine’s “Welcome Back Tax”

Constitutional Challenge to Maine’s “Welcome Back Tax”

Press Conference Announcing aConstitutional Challenge to Maine’s “Welcome Back Tax” Penalizing Families Moving to Maine with up to $2,200 in Higher Income TaxesRemarks by Troy Dennen, Plaintiff My name is Troy Dennen.I work in Maine as a design engineer in a local high-tech company. Rig ...
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Comments on the Welcome Back Tax

Comments on the Welcome Back Tax

Press Conference Announcing a Constitutional Challenge to Maine’s “Welcome Back Tax”Penalizing Families Moving to Maine with up to $2,200 in Higher Income TaxesMy name is Scott Moody and I am the Chief Economist at The Maine Heritage Policy Center.In addition to the constitutional issue ...
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LD 1495: Frankenstein Tax Reform

LD 1495: Frankenstein Tax Reform

Read the full report | Since LD 1495, which replaced LD 1088, became the law of the land, everyone from the Governor on down has been crowing about the economic benefits of the lower, flat 6.5 percent marginal tax rate for most Mainers. Unfortunately, standard tax analysis demonstrates that other pr ...
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LD 1088: The Illusion of Tax Reform

LD 1088: The Illusion of Tax Reform

Read the full report | LD 1088 (An Act to Modernize the Tax Laws and Provide over $75,000,000 to Residents of the State in Tax Relief) purports to eliminate the existing four tax brackets in Maine’s personal income tax by collapsing them into a single bracket with a flat 6.5 percent tax rate. Unfo ...
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Committee Tax Reform Plan not “Revenue Neutral”

Committee Tax Reform Plan not “Revenue Neutral”

Read the full report | The tax reform plan proposed by the Taxation Committee that is winding its way through the Maine Legislature is "revenue neutral" in Augusta, but it would raise Mainers’ taxes by almost $40 million.This is not due to a technical error by revenue estimators in Augusta – the ...
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A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

Read the full report | Mainers have been hit with a barrage of tax reform proposals from the Maine Legislature, but no clear plan that will reduce the Maine tax burden. The proposals beg the question, “Where’s the beef?” Like the iconic Wendy’s slogan, which was implemented to chastise their ...
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