Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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Maine Considers Host of Minimum Wage Bills

An array of bills seeking to increase the minimum wage in the state of Maine are under consideration by the legislature in the capital of Augusta.  The minimum wage battle is shaping up as a classic one in light of the fact that the recently re-elected popular republican Governor Paul LePage is advocating right to…

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Styrofoam Ban Pushed in Maine

Minimum wages are not the only issues being considered in the state of Maine as the Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing earlier this week on a bill that will ban the use of Styrofoam food and beverage containers in the state.  Lincolnville democratic representative Christine Burstein filed the legislation which was the…

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Tough Sledding For Bangor Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, we reported on local legislation filed by Bangor Maine city councilor Joe Balducci to increase the minimum wage within the capital city of Maine to $8.25 by 2016 then jumping to $9.75 by 2018.  This week, however, we’re happy to report that there doesn’t seem to be much support for the proposal among…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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Newest Tax Climate Index – Trick or Treat!

As our children prepare to celebrate Halloween this evening, businesses across the country are being subjected to the governmental version of tricks & treats, as well, depending upon the state within which they operate their businesses.  The Tax Foundation released their annual Tax Climate Index this week identifying states by their business-friendliness rating.  For the…

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More Employment Law Issues On The Horizon

As minimum wage issues continue across the country, we note more states are now looking at expanding non-wage benefits for employees and putting additional restraints on business employment practices.  Back on the east coast, the Massachusetts Senate this week approved a bill barring employers from requiring workers or job applicants from disclosing their social media…

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