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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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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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Maine versus New Hampshire XIII: Right-to-Work

Maine versus New Hampshire XIII: Right-to-Work

More bad new for Maine's economy . . . New Hampshire is close to becoming a right-to-work state: The New Hampshire Senate voted 16-8 to pass a right-to-work bill this morning.HouseBill 474 would end the rights of unions to collect fees from non-unionmembers in companies they represent, and would mak ...
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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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Maine versus New Hampshire XII: Right-to-Work

Maine versus New Hampshire XII: Right-to-Work

The UnionLeader is reporting that the NewHampshire House of Representatives has just passed a right-to-work bill221 to 131.  Currently, 22 states have right-to-work laws and none in New England so this is huge.  The closest right-to-work state to Maine is Virginia.RichardVedder, the Edwin and Ruth ...
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Maine versus New Hampshire XI: The Battle of Unfunded Pension Liabilities
In my recent study, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Maine's Pension Payments are Crowding Out Other Spending," (pdf) I noted that as Maine's pension payments grow the budget process will, more and more, be held hostage by factors outside of the state such as the performance of the stock market which aff ...
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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 versus New Hampshire VIII

Maine versus New Hampshire VIII

Another issue that folks have been following is the population race between Maine and New Hampshire.  Last year it appeared that New Hampshire's population would exceed Maine's sometime early in 2009.The revised data shows that New Hampshire's population actually exceeded  Maine's in 2007.  The a ...
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Maine versus New Hampshire VII

Maine versus New Hampshire VII

One of the greatest economic and policy differences between Maine and New Hampshire is the level of spending on personal current transfer receipts (PCTR).  This type of spending includes Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare and other welfare programs.  Overall, Maine's PCTR totalled $8,784,9 ...
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