Category Archives: Two Maines

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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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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Digging Deeper

I continue to be fascinated by the ┬ádisconnect between the degree of detail available in ME DoE Data Warehouse information – and what is available in the “School Grades” data collection effort itself – and the really thoughtless application of … Continue reading

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