Editor of Dirigo Blue, a blog about politics in Maine.
Poliquin, like many others who espouse the idea of reducing or eliminating taxes on well heeled retirees, repeats the claim that many "have changed their state residencies and leave Maine for six months plus one day every year." He offers no proof to support this claim, and that is likely because his claim isn't true.
I urge Mr. Poliquin to take a moment and read The Impact of Taxes on Migration in New England by Jeffrey Thompson (see link below). From it:
"Results of a new statistical analysis of migration suggest there is no simple impact of taxes on migration. Economic conditions, property crime rates, and higher education enrollment all impact migration in anticipated ways. Higher taxes in the state of origin, however, diminish out-migration from the state. Higher taxes in destination states also diminish migration to those states. Overall the results suggest that taxes do not cause out-migration, but do influence on the choice of destination for some migrating households."
I know that Maine People Before Politics intended this to be an "issues ad," it sure looks like a typical campaign ad.
It would be of interest to read what the Maine Ethics Commission's take on the ad, since if it is ruled a campaign ad, it would mean that MPBP would have to register as a PAC.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Gov. LePage want to renew the liquor contract in order to gain a one-time lump sum to be used to pay off a budget deficit, in this case, the debt the state still owes the hospitals?