Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece comparing Maine's high state and local tax burden with

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2004

Pages

15-17,21

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece comparing Maine's high state and local tax burden with New Hampshire, which has the lowest taxes in the country. Philip Trostel, an economics professor at the University of Maine in Orono and a member of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy, notes that Mainers have the tax structure they need for the services they demand. Maine governments offer more services than New Hampshire, and spend more from them, especially education. Trostel also argues that Maine has more duplication of services, which drives up costs. Ross Gittell, an economist at the University of New Hampshire, adds that New Hampshire legislators have a different philosophy toward funding programs, requiring that any new initiative has to fit in the budget.

Subjects

Taxation

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