Punishing Success

We told you over the past several issues about the successful ballot initiative in Maine to add a 3% surtax to incomes over $200,000, clearly a misnomer in that it is referred to as a “Millionaire’s tax”, but a new policy nonetheless.  Well, the city of Portland Oregon has gone Maine one better in its…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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Maine Recount on Millionaire’s Tax Withdrawn

Opponents of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax”, who had formally requested a recount of the measure, passed by voters on Election Day, have since changed their minds and withdrawn the recount request.  The measure, which mandates a 3% surcharge on any individual income over $200,000, was favored by voters by a margin of just over 1%…

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Family Legacy Guides Franchise Owner John Motta

John Motta’s childhood memories are soaked with sunshine and soccer balls. Steeped in the bayside community of Bristol, Rhode Island, where the DaMotta family settled (John later shortened his name), was a community of Portuguese immigrants. Soccer was their game and, for John, it became very personal. “My father built the first soccer field in…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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Maine Voters Pass Surcharge, Recount Requested

Final results were close and late coming in on some ballot issues and the Maine so-called “Millionaire’s Tax” is one of them.  On Election Day, voters approved Question 2, a citizen initiative that reinforces a 2004 law requiring the state to fund 55% of K-12 education costs, a mandate the Legislature failed to meet.  Question…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Pass

Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona,…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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Salary History Becoming the New Taboo

For the past few years, asking a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a crime was frowned upon by the “beautiful people”.  Ultimately, a number of state and cities around the country “banned the box” and made it illegal to even ask an applicant if they had any criminal history before they…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

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…

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