All posts by J. Scott Moody

Maine Job Creation from the Birth or Death of Establishments

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question usually answered with one anecdote or another. Depending on one’s vantage point, Maine’s business climate could be too hot, too cold or just about right. […]

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More Bonds? Not with Maine’s Ballooning Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

Read the full report | As Mainers consider the June 8 questions to approve $108.3 million in new state bonding, they should take into account that Maine’s

Tax Reform Bill is Too Flawed to Become Law

Read the full report | The June 8th referendum on LD 1495—Maine’s recent tax reform bill—will allow Mainers the opportunity to decide on the merits of

Maine Property Taxpayers Should Have Paid $188 Million Less (10%) in Property Taxes in 2008

Read the full Report | As a result of huge spending increases at the local level and a failure to pass along increased state aid, property taxpayers

Understanding Maine’s Business Climate

Read the full report | What is Maine’s business climate? That is an age-old question that is usually answered with one anecdote or another. Depending on one’s

Setting the Record Straight on Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Read the full report | As time draws closer for Mainers to pass the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) on November 3, the rhetoric from the

Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Question 4) Needed Now More than Ever: Between FY 2008 and FY 2009, 58 percent of Maine’s towns lost a combined 3,056 people while those towns increased property taxes by $45 million

Read the full report | A startling picture of dropping population in Maine’s towns combined with an increasing property tax burden is creating a vicious economic cycle

The “Welcome Back Tax” Created by an Unconstitutional Tax Reform Law

Read the full report | A key objective of the LD 1495 tax reforms was to “export” more Maine taxes to non-residents and visiting tourists. The law

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Press Conference Announcing a Constitutional Challenge to Maine’s “Welcome Back Tax”

Penalizing Families Moving to Maine with up to $2,200 in Higher Income Taxes

300 Million Reasons Why the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Helps Maine’s Beleaguered Taxpayers

Read the full report | On November 7, 2006, the citizens of Maine voted on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, the initiative failed by a close margin (46