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Kansas

Cutting Taxes has helped, not hurt, Kansas

Facts can be dangerous to an argument.Perhaps that’s why opponents of income tax reform routinely choose to omit crucial facts and key information when making their case that lowering taxes hurts our economy.For example, liberal-blogger Amy Fried chose to cherry-pick her facts when she recently at ...
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Maine Prosperity Event: Snowbirds Take Flight Thanks to Tax Cap on Charitable Giving (Portland)
Portland● 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ●Thursday, April 17, 2014DiMillo's On the Water25 Long WharfSnowbirds Take Flight Thanks toTax Cap on Charitable Giving The Honorable Philip HarrimanPrincipalLebel & HarrimanThe Honorable Philip Harriman, principal, Lebel & Harriman, will provide ...
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RGGI
Executive SummaryThe Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a carbon dioxide cap and trade agreement between nine states in the Northeastern United States. RGGI Inc. is the entity responsible for managing the goals of the law. RGGI determines a limit on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2 ...
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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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Tax Reform in Maine

Tax Reform in Maine

On Wednesday I participated in the Subcommittee Meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation. Below are my remarks.  In particular, my suggestion for adopting a Business Enterprise Tax garnered some much needed attention.  Here are two links that delve more deeply into why Maine should adop ...
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Taxes Matter 24: How Maine’s Courts set Tax Policy

Taxes Matter 24: How Maine’s Courts set Tax Policy

A few days ago, Forbes magazine ran an unflattering article on a recent court decision on Maine's tax policy that will give Maine's business tax climate another black-eye.Now, I'm not a lawyer and this article will make a non-lawyer's eyes water; but David Crocker (our Director of MHPC's Center for ...
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More Tax Reform Recommendations

More Tax Reform Recommendations

Last week the Maine Development Foundation released a new study on fixing Maine's economy.  The section on Tax and Fiscal Policy looks eerily familiar to the recent debate on tax reform--from the perspective of those supporting the tax reform plan.One item in particular caught my attention.  Accor ...
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A Tax Lesson on S-Corps

A Tax Lesson on S-Corps

A recent editorial in the Portland Press Herald discusses the negative impact of a small provision in the recent so-called "jobs bill" that would have applied FICA taxes to dividends paid by S-corps.  Unfortunately the author was unable to go into the history of the S-corp to better understand why ...
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More Evidence that Tax Reform will cost Jobs

More Evidence that Tax Reform will cost Jobs

As Mainers head to the polls tomorrow to decide on Question 1 pertaining to the repeal of the new tax reform bill--which lowers the income tax rate but broadens the sales tax--should consider the results of a new study in the National Tax Journal (December 2009) which has found severe negative econo ...
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What Maine’s “Tax Reform” Will Do For Your Wedding
The "tax reform" legislation currently suspended pending the Peoples Veto vote next month is anything but a meaningful reform.Rather, it's what a legislative body does whilst trying to avoid tax reform: shuffle the deck chairs around a bit and spread the pain of their irresponsibility to undeserving ...
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