THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
A Floor or a Ceiling? A Brief History of the Essential Programs and Services Model
Read the full report | In January of this year, Maine’s State Planning Office released its annual “LD1 Progress Report,” which found that Maine’s school districts had demonstrated a high level of “divergence” from the expenditure targets set by LD 1. Eighty-eight percent of the school d ...
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Questions and Answers on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Questions and Answers on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Read the full report | Q: What is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights?A: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights will set speed limits on the growth in state and local taxes and spending. First, any net tax increase that exceeds 0.01 percent of general fund revenue ($304,074 in FY 2008) will require a majority vote of ...
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A 55 Percent State Share of K12 Spending? We’re already there

A 55 Percent State Share of K12 Spending? We’re already there

Read the full report | In 2004, Maine voters approved a citizen-initiated referendum calling on the state to fund “55 percent of the cost of public education.” The following spring, the legislature enacted LD 1, which put a process in place whereby the state would “ramp up” to a 55 percent ...
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