It's not about generosity, it's about sustainability. It's not about which benefit should be adjusted up or down, but rather how these benefits are managed regionally based on local need.
I would support the discussion, and examine models which project outcomes. From the word go however, it seems to me that all taxes are as high as we want to push them in this economy.
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The answer isn't to throw more money at the problem, and you already have my opinion on raising taxes.
This is an issue for the Legislature to handle. In referendum form it creates an unfriendly law that Mainers will either reject or wish they had.
Maine's economy is fragile and this is not the time to play with the private business sector. This will cause major damage to business who serve our tourists, and due to the effect of having to charge more for goods it becomes a huge cost of living increase that will unfairly hit our elderly on fixed incomes.
This only rigs the system even further.
I have professional experience with this issue. It requires a two pronged approach. First, improving law enforcement ability to remove the illegal supply coming from out of state, and second improving the pain management and control over opiate prescription diversion within the community. With this, expansion of treatment for addicted patients will not be needed.
Allow the Legislature, your elected representative to their jobs.
The number of representatives could be smaller, and with that an increase of salary could accomplished. It is a big commitment and a larger salary would be reasonable, but not too high as the major incentive should remain a desire to serve.
I honestly need to research this issue better. I do know it is not a top priority for me, but I would entertain a discussion on pros and cons.
Although I am not a gambler, If a private business wants to invest in a casino and thereby increase the tax base providing more funding for essential services in a rural Maine community then let them.I would have voted yes on the last attempt.
There isn't one biggest barrier, and if you are looking for simple solutions you won't find one. The Legislature could do a lot (if there was a Republican majority) to improve the climate for new businesses small and large. Although we have many disadvantages at first glance with our vast geography and limited infrastructure with good leadership these can be leveraged as benefits.
When you say immigration, I think that most people will think you are suggesting immigration from foreign countries. If you are then I'd say these economists are nutty economists. However, if you are suggesting that we increase our younger aged population by encouraging US citizens to move to Maine then I agree. Reducing out of state tuition and increasing internship and job opportunities for young men and women would work. I was born on Long Island in New York and I came to Maine for College in 1985 and fell in love with the state (and a woman who was born here) and never turned back!
Trade relations with our neighbors in Canada. We compete with lumber and with lobsters and many other resources and that issue affects many.