Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by imposing an additional 3% surcharge on incomes in excess of $200,000 with the funds being earmarked to fund the state’s obligations relating K-12 education costs. It is estimated that the additional tax, which would raise taxes some 11,450 small businesses throughout the state, would generate close to $160 million annually. So if this measure passes, Maine will send the message broadly that becoming more productive or successful will be penalized with a greater amount of that success being siphoned off through taxes. Regrettably, recent polls show the measure with 60% support!