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1997

Public Policy

Maine Policy Review

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Taking Charge Of Maine’S Fiscal Fortunes: Taxes Are Only One Piece Of The Puzzle, Josephine M. Laplante Jan 1997

Taking Charge Of Maine’S Fiscal Fortunes: Taxes Are Only One Piece Of The Puzzle, Josephine M. Laplante

Maine Policy Review

Are Maine’s taxes too high? This question and others continue to plague policymakers and citizens throughout Maine. This article provides the first of two perspectives on how to achieve meaningful tax reform. Josephine LaPlante suggests taking the long view, evaluating carefully the state’s tax structure and the impacts of any tax reforms. She presents a comprehensive framework for considering such changes and argues that taking charge of Maine’s fiscal house includes not only tax reform but also a reassessment of how the state provides public services to meet the needs and preferences of its citizens.


Whose Tax Burden? Whose Tax Fairness? And Whose Tax Reform?, Christopher St. John Jan 1997

Whose Tax Burden? Whose Tax Fairness? And Whose Tax Reform?, Christopher St. John

Maine Policy Review

Current efforts to reform Maine’s tax system represent no new business, according to Christopher "Kit" St. John. In this second article in this issue about tax reform, St. John suggests the need to re-examine reform principles in Maine and, more particularly, reassess conventional wisdom that professes a relationship between tax reform and economic competitiveness. He examines recent reform proposals and offers a path forward, one based on relieving tax burden while maintaining tax fairness, especially for low income citizens of Maine.