* Government in Maine has historically attempted to solve problems like poverty, food insecurity, and job loss with extremely generous social welfare programs. Legislative intentions may have been noble in the creation and structure of these programs, but it is evident that Maine’s welfare programs have promoted government dependency instead of giving struggling families the help they need to become financially independent.
*According to the American Legislative Exchange Council Center for State Fiscal Reform, Maine is currently ranked 44th in the nation in terms of its “economic outlook.” A 2022 analysis conducted by WalletHub ranked Maine’s economy 44th as well, with the state coming in at 36th for “economic activity,” 34th for “economic health,” and 42nd in terms of “innovation potential.”
*U.S. News and World Report has ranked Maine as one of the least business-friendly states in the country. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council released an analysis of state policy environments in 2019 and found that Maine had created one of the top 10 most unfriendly business climates in the nation.
*Under Right to Work laws, employees are free to join a union, but they cannot be fired for failing to do so.
*If workers are actually benefitting from the unions that represent them, unions should not be worried about declines in membership as a result of enacting right to work legislation
*A 2014 report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute found that “the compelling preponderance of evidence suggests there is a substantial, significant, and positive relationship between economic growth in a state and the presence of a right to work law."
*Maine’s municipal revenue sharing program transfers a small percentage of tax collections from major broad-based taxes—including the income tax and sales tax—directly to municipalities in an effort to alleviate local property tax burdens and supplement municipal budgets.
*Currently, revenue sharing is designed to distribute a higher percentage of funds to municipalities with very high tax burdens. Although the intent of the provision was clearly to allow high-tax cities and towns to reduce their property tax rates by providing state aid, municipalities have taken advantage of this feature of the program to raise local taxes and attract additional state funds.
― Alexis de Tocqueville
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