How should Maine’s tax system be reformed?

Posted Feb. 02, 2009, at 4 p.m.

Democratic leaders in the Legislature are considering a plan to broaden the list of items

on which sales tax must be paid, perhaps to services like hair cuts and lawyer visits, and

to products like newspapers and some food. In exchange for that new revenue, they are

considering lowering the top income tax rate and the threshold at which it kicks-in. Are

there better ways to spread the tax burden more equitably? Should the sales tax rate be

raised? Should businesses pay more? Or is the answer to further cut state spending? printed on April 28, 2017