Category Archives: Municipal Finance

Two Maines

Thanks to the Maine.gov feed of Maine-specific BLS unemployment data, it was easy to construct a chart of unemployment figures over time. It can be hard to see this as clearly with all sixteen counties, so I’m just showing the … Continue reading

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Real costs to towns

I’m so glad that Mike Shepard and Matt Byrne at the Sentinel/Press Herald are doing good work on exploring the budget. This is a more complex issue than a lot of the “yes/no” questions that voters get asked to consider, … Continue reading

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Who Pays?

Hooray! We have a budget. There are new, temporary taxes in place to replace some of the gap created by the 2011 income tax revenue reductions. As I mentioned earlier, this is an excellent natural experiment to determine whether this … Continue reading

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About those Accommodations and Meals Taxes

Apparently, our eloquent governor is going to veto our budget and send our state into a shutdown because he swore no new taxes, dammit. But where will those taxes be coming from? Here, courtesy of the US Census American FactFinder, … Continue reading

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The Governor’s Proposal

As we await Gov. LePage’s promised veto of the state budget, it’s useful to revisit what it was that the governor himself proposed. For although the governor claims that he opposes new taxes, there is no way that the impact … Continue reading

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Small is Beautiful…Part 2

It’s the end of an absolutely gorgeous early spring day in my medium-sized Central Maine municipality (pop. 6,183.) Warming mud, running water, lots of sun and, in my case, a freshly washed and clipped dog. We all took a walk … Continue reading

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Small is Beautiful…Part 1

I have been spending entirely too much time today with the lovely dataset from the Maine Municipal Association’s most recent Fiscal Survey Report. This report provides the basic budget categories for the most common categories of expense across 218 Maine … Continue reading

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