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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 of declining prosperity throughout Maine. This cycle illustrates the need for the Taxpayer […]

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A Brief Guide to Question 4

A Brief Guide to Question 4 (TABOR) on the November 2009 Ballot What is the wording of Question 4 to go before voters on November 3, 2009?

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

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Needed Now More than Ever

Read the full report | The dramatic disparity between the growth in private versus public sector employment in Maine illustrates the need for the Taxpayer Bill of

2009 Maine Piglet Book

Read the full report | The 2009 Maine Piglet Book is a joint publication of The Maine Heritage Policy Center and Citizens Against Government Waste; both are private,

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Maine’s Medicaid program’s skyrocketing costs, higher taxes, underpayment of health providers and perpetual budget shortfalls result in health care rationing.

Read the full report | As Congress and the Obama administration debate reforms for the nation’s health care system, they would do well to study Maine's experience

A Floor or a Ceiling? A Brief History of the Essential Programs and Services Model

Read the full report | In January of this year, Maine’s State Planning Office released its annual “LD1 Progress Report,” which found that Maine’s school districts had demonstrated

Questions and Answers on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Read the full report | Q: What is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights? A: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights will set speed limits on the growth in state

Maine’s State Workforce is Too Big and Overpaid . . . But Where?

Read the full report | 2006 research by The Maine Heritage Policy Center, using data from the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA),

Maine Spends Too Much… But Where?

Read the full report | The next state budget has not been submitted yet, but the debates about a gap of at least $500 million between tax