Comments for: Bangor has one of the best business tax climates in the country, says new report

Posted Oct. 01, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.

BANGOR | A new report from a global consulting firm says Bangor has one of the most favorable tax structures for businesses in the country, beating out such cities as Baltimore, Buffalo and Tampa. Bangor placed seventh on the list of 71 U.S. metropolitan areas ranked on their business …

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  • Anonymous

    I saw the same report in The Onion…

  • Anonymous

    See what happens after forty years of liberal leadership ?

    : }

    Vote Dem  in Nov. for Bangor’s sake.

  • Anonymous

    Not one of the Govenor’s “Business Friendly Communities”

    • Anonymous

      Wonder why.  There are none so blind …

  • Anonymous

    I read the report, seems like it jumps around up and down, over and up, then here and there, but, if it is so, seems like there should have been a laymans version, I do know, I can get my guinea pigs, hay and food,  a lot cheaper at the grain store on the left going up stillwater towards target, wonder if that would figure in the formula?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe so, but who could stand the violence, druggies and loud concerts? No thanks!

  • Anonymous

    If the report were true businesses wouldn’t flee Maine like rats on a sinking ship. Brilliant research, one wonders how much grant money was wasted on this study.

    • Anonymous

      Fleeing data please.

    • Anonymous

      Location, location, location. There isn’t much for hours outside Bangor. Unless you plan to sell to Canada, or use the resources that are nearby, why open shop in the middle of the woods?

      Although we need to sell to Canada and improve our gross national product. Then, U.S. can get more money into the country without borrowing it from other countries, or get more foreigners to be tourists and spend money on American soil at American businesses and craft-ers/artists, and good old local farms, yard and garage sales.

    • Anonymous

      Taxes are only one part of the decision making process for businesses.  

      The factors that usually outweigh taxes include:
       * proximity to customers or markets; 
       * for manufacturers, it is often proximity to the natural resources or a supply chain; and
       * increasingly it is availability of a competitive workforce that is a draw for the businesses with the best jobs to offer.

      New York and Boston have never been inexpensive places to do business and if taxes were the top priority for businesses, both cities would be ghost towns now.

  • Anonymous

    We were the 50th worst State to do Business in 6 months ago. A lot must have changed.

    Thank you Paul LePage. They throw rotten tomatos at you but who cares, that they purchased them  with their EBT cards.

  • PabMainer

    It seems interesting that Bangor’s business tax climate would be mentioned and scaled with cities such as Baltimore, Buffalo & Tampa….these three areas are huge metro ares with thriving ports, rail systems, huge public transits, multiple inter/intrastate connections and direct customer access in country and with exports to other country’s markets….seems data and business climate compared this way is sort of like pouring oil into water….and here recent reports were claiming Maine’s business climate was in the toilet…..

  • HowdyNeighbor

    These study is nuts.

    We left Maine because the climate is so UNFAVORABLE to small business. 

    What this study, I think, fails to consider is that most businesses, especially the kind you’d find in Maine – small, are s-corps. The business is taxed at the individual rate. There are no “corporate” taxes in those cases, so who cares what the corporate tax rate is.

    For our business, we got an 8.5% increase in our bottom line just not having to pay Maine state income tax anymore. We relocated to Florida. So on top of no state income tax, the cost of goods is about 20% cheaper, the cost of electricity is about 5 cents a KWh, and we have 300 Mb per second fiber optic-based Internet access coming into our office. 

    Plus no one here ever hurt their back shoveling sunshine.

    • Anonymous

      Unlike Mr. Rogers I guess you aren’t really our neighbor.

  • Anonymous

    Well,well.  Take that Governor.

  • Carey Haskell

    This is a non-biased report done by a research firm for businesses, they have no political ax to grind, they have no motivation to promote Bangor over any other city.  Why not take this as the positive news it is rather than trying to say why they’re wrong? 

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