Tag Archives: taxes

There are no magic wands in American politics

As those who celebrate Christmas take down their decorations, some wonder how much longer the children in their lives will believe in Santa Claus. While we all eventually put aside childhood’s mythological figures, a political version may persist for how government works — the magic wand theory of American politics, the idea that some politicians […]

Here’s the clear proof Fredette tax plans favor the rich

Do the Maine House GOP tax plans favor the rich? House Minority Leader Ken Fredette objected to that characterization in an op-ed Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said had “thrown a little gasoline on the fire” and contributed to the breakdown of budget negotiations. But what does the evidence show? Take a look at analyses […]

LePage rant got it really wrong on Kansas

An angered Gov. LePage, in a press conference last Friday, claimed that critics had it wrong on income taxes and Kansas. He said it simply wasn’t true that Kansas was having trouble and, in fact, Kansas was experiencing the fastest economic growth. Thing is, it was the governor who got it wrong. Here’s a graph […]

Could LePage have prevented a Republican split on taxes?

And now there are three. Gov. LePage put out and has been touting his tax plan across Maine. Democrats then presented their “Better Deal” plan. Republicans in the Appropriations Committee now have another version. Certain key elements of the GOP plan are described in an article by Scott Thistle, and involve differences in income tax […]

Five smart things Democrats are doing with their “Better Deal” tax plan

Mr. Eves and Mr. Alfond went to Bangor last night, with handouts and a Powerpoint to show the audience. These Democratic legislative leaders spent more than 90 minutes explaining their tax and budget plan and taking questions. It was a thoroughly open meeting, with no screening of questions beforehand. Gov. LePage never mentioned his tax […]

LePage isn’t just refusing to apologize to Stephen King. He’s now in denial mode.

See video below. Per reporter Steve Mistler, Gov. LePage showed up unexpectedly at a budget forum hosted by a Falmouth Democrat, state Senator Cathy Breen. Asked a question about apologizing to King, LePage said: I never said Stephen King did not pay income taxes. What I said was, Stephen King’s not in Maine right now. […]

Stephen King directly calls on LePage to apologize (with financial update)

Yesterday the highly popular and successful writer Stephen King colorfully noted that Gov. LePage was flat wrong when LePage suggested King has a place in Florida so he could avoid paying taxes in Maine. King wrote: Governor LePage is full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green. Tabby and I pay every cent […]

Fuzzy math as LePage takes on towns and cities

Gov. LePage’s staff has been promoting a misleading, or at least personally meaningless, comparison. As those of us who have been following the news know, the governor’s proposed budget would zero out municipal revenue sharing while cutting income tax rates. And in arguing for this budget plan, his team put out comparisons by town of […]