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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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Complaint Against The Maine Municipal Association

Complaint Against The Maine Municipal Association

Read the full text | The complaint filed in the Kennebec County Superior Court against the Maine Municipal Association in regard to their use of public money for electioneering. As an instrumentality of government, their contribution to and participation in political activities are illegal governmen ...
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Maine Property Taxpayers Should Have Paid $188 Million Less (10%) in Property Taxes in 2008
Read the full Report | As a result of huge spending increases at the local level and a failure to pass along increased state aid, property taxpayers paid$188 million more in property taxes than they should have in 2008.In June 2004, Maine voters passed a ballot initiative requiring the State to incr ...
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Setting the Record Straight on TABOR and Education in Colorado

Setting the Record Straight on TABOR and Education in Colorado

Read the full report | To hear the opponents of the Question 4 Taxpayer Bill of Rights tell it, Colorado’s TABOR provision, passed by voters in 1992, has done untold damage to Colorado schools.. However, the data shows that, if anything, Colorado schools have improved under TABOR, sometimes dramat ...
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Setting the Record Straight on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Setting the Record Straight on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Read the full report | As time draws closer for Mainers to pass the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) on November 3, the rhetoric from the opponents grows more detached from reality. When discussing Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, opponents use terms such as “devastating” to describe i ...
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Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) Needed Now More than Ever: Between FY 2008 and FY 2009, 58 percent of Maine’s towns lost a combined 3,056 people while those towns increased property taxes by $45 million
Read the full report | A startling picture of dropping population in Maine’s towns combined with an increasing property tax burden is creating a vicious economic cycle of declining prosperity throughout Maine. This cycle illustrates the need for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) provision w ...
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Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Read the full report | Research of public records reveals that opponents of proposed vehicle excise tax cuts (Question 2) and controls on government spending (Question 4) receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year.In a recent essay in the Portland Press Herald, Mr. Jim Hanley, government ...
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A Brief Guide to Question 4

A Brief Guide to Question 4

A Brief Guide to Question 4 (TABOR) on the November 2009 Ballot What is the wording of Question 4 to go before voters on November 3, 2009? • “Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spen ...
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300 Million Reasons Why the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Helps Maine’s Beleaguered Taxpayers
Read the full report | On November 7, 2006, the citizens of Maine voted on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, the initiative failed by a close margin (46 percent in favor and 54 percent opposed ). After that close election, amid promises to control spending and lower taxes… business-as-us ...
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Taxpayer Bill of Rights Needed Now More than Ever

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Needed Now More than Ever

Read the full report | The dramatic disparity between the growth in private versus public sector employment in Maine illustrates the need for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights provision which will be on the November ballot. Consider these facts:• Data from the Maine Department of Labor reveals that ther ...
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