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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Right-to-Work Fails in New Hampshire

Right-to-Work Fails in New Hampshire

Just moments ago, the New Hampshire House attempted to override Gov. Lynch's veto on Right-to-Work. Unfortunately, the veto override failed 240-139, a mere 14 votes shy of the needed two-thirds.However, Maine should still be wary of our neighbor. The supermajority vote in the Senate and near-superma ...
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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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Health Insurance Reform Will Undo Decades of Premium-Hiking Policies

Health Insurance Reform Will Undo Decades of Premium-Hiking Policies

A new study released today by The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) explains how policies enacted in the early 1990's have driven Maine's insurance premiums higher and higher, and created the critical need for recently passed health insurance reform to help contain the spiraling cost of health ins ...
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Governor Paul LePage signs LD 1333, landmark health insurance reform, into law
On May 17, 2011, Governor Paul LePage signed into law a major health reform package to help contain the spiraling cost of health insurance for all Mainers.  Before becoming law, the reform bill was known as LD 1333: “An Act To Modify Rating Practices for Individual and Small Group Health Plans an ...
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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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New Hampshire Envy

New Hampshire Envy

In today's article in the Portland Press Herald--"New Hampshire Envy" Takes a Seat in Augusta--there are a number of erroneous comments (in the comment section) in regards to New Hampshire's success.  The stalest argument is that "geography is destiny" and that it is only New Hampshire's close prox ...
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New Hampshire Inches Closer to Right-to-Work

New Hampshire Inches Closer to Right-to-Work

Today the New Hampshire House voted to send the Senate version of the Right-to-Work bill to Gov. Lynch.  The Governor has 5 days to sign it or let it become law without his signature.  However, he has already vowed to veto it.  In which case, it goes back to the Legislature for an override.This v ...
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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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