Maine’s Private Sector . . . 2nd Quarter 2010


Today the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released new personal income data for the second quarter of 2010 and revisions for the past couple of years.  As shown in Chart 1, Maine’s private sector share of personal income for the second quarter of 2010 was at a new all-time low of 63.07 percent–just edging out the previous low of 63.21 percent set in the last first quarter of 2010.

Maine Private Sector Share of Personal Income for 2nd Quarter 2010

Chart 2 shows the major culprit behind this crowding-out of the private sector–the Orwellian American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  In the second quarter of 2010, the ARRA pumped $213 million into Maine’s economy via personal current transfer receipts.  This is down from the peak spending ($443 3illion) under ARRA in the second quarter of 2009.  As ARRA spending continues to wind-down, Maine’s private sector should rebound from its all-time lows.

Maine American Recovery and Reinvestment Spending for 2nd Quarter 2010

However, it remains an open question as to how much of the private sector will be permanently lost.  For example, some of the temporary spending under ARRA will simply be transferred to state and local governments for funding resulting in higher state and local taxes.