V. Curtis: Why are we raising taxes?

I don't understand why this state is raising taxes. 

Don't lawmakers see other states — like Kansas — getting rid of taxes to entice  more companies?

Our kids need a future in this state when they graduate, and not a future some place else.

We have a beautiful state with four seasons that would be an attraction to all.

Veronica Curtis, New Gloucester

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MARK GRAVEL's picture

The climate in Maine is

The climate in Maine is already a hurdle to businesses. Now a moratorium on state business taxes could offset the negative for business.

Jason Theriault's picture

Because it's a bad idea.

A report has just come out that the Kansas plan will result in a $782 million shortfall by 2018. Also, they plan on reducing popular deductions to even out the tax cut.

The problem with eliminating deductions to pay for tax cuts is that those deductions are fixed amounts vs the percentage of the tax cuts usually hurts lower and middle class while benefiting the wealthy. The economic meltdown has hit everyone hard over the past few years, and to then put the squeeze on those who are still recovering is only going to make matters worse.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It sounds like a move in the

It sounds like a move in the direction of a flat tax. How is a flat tax not fair? You play, you pay.

Jason Theriault's picture

Life isn't fair.

Why did Willie Sutton rob banks? Same reason you tax the rich more than the poor. Because that's where the money is.
Higher taxes on the rich have far less disastrous effects than if that tax was on the poor.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Would you not be among the

Would you not be among the first to complain when the rich moved their money to foreign banks in order to avoid paying these 'higher taxes on the rich'?

Jason Theriault's picture


Unless they give up their US citizenship, they still have to pay taxes. If they give up the citizenship, then good riddance. Anyone who values money more than their country is a parasite, and the sooner we get rid of them, the better.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

1. “Unless they give up their

1. “Unless they give up their US citizenship, they still have to pay taxes. If they give up the citizenship” This statement is false; one can legally or successfully illegally shield money from the IRS and maintain citizenship. In the later case, it only matters if you get caught.

2. Perhaps their point of view is that the government is being said parasite. In my opinion, the government is the parasite.

Better living through smaller government. Let's all joint the underground economy and starve the beast.

Jim Cyr's picture

Life isn't fair !

Both of your scenarios are "stealing" ! How are the Poor taxed when they receive thousands back in " unearned income "?

RONALD RIML's picture

"Unearned Income?"

Unearned Income is taxed at 15%

MARK GRAVEL's picture

2013- get with the current tax rates Ron.

Not anymore. Perhaps you forgot about the ACA tax on unearned income of 3.8%. Moreover, those who earn over 400K single will pay 20% plus ACA tax.

Ronald never met a tax he did not like ..... when it applies to others and not him.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Another point of commonality

Another point of commonality between Willie Suttonand and taxing the rich is that they are both crimes of morality.

Just because a bank has money, does not mean it is morally acceptable to rob it. Likewise, just because the rich have money, does not mean it is morally acceptable take it (aka rob it).

RONALD RIML's picture

Mark 12:17

And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.

Thanks, Mark - we needed that.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Not like you haven't used

Not like you haven't used that quote on me before. Love your God and fight Caesar. We can defeat our Caesar with his high tax and spend policies.


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