Longtime Maine taxation expert Michael Allen appointed to deputy finance commissioner

Posted June 16, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Michael Allen, who for years has been a mainstay at Maine Revenue Services and served as a liaison between that organization and the Legislature, became the state’s new deputy commissioner of finance on Monday.

He joins acting Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen as Gov. Paul LePage’s new leadership team on state spending and revenue management.

Allen, who in recent years served as director of research and econometrics at Maine Revenue Services, has often been the public face of forecasting state government revenues and predicting improvements or deterioration of the economy. His tenure in state government has spanned independent, Democratic and Republican administrations.

Rosen, a former legislator whom LePage chose last month to succeed the retiring Sawin Millett, announced Monday that Allen will fill the No. 2 post in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

Regardless of his new role, Allen will maintain his responsibilities as associate commissioner for tax policy, in which he is responsible for policy guidance, legislative relations, public relations and analysis of the legal and economic impacts of tax policy changes.

“I appreciate the confidence shown in me by Commissioner Rosen,” said Allen in a news release from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. “We have a great team at DAFS, and I look forward to expanding my role within the department and working with our leadership to fulfill our mission.”

In his new position, Allen will oversee the Bureau of the Budget, Office of the State Controller and the statewide service centers of the Division of Financial and Personnel Services. He fills the vacancy created when Rosen was appointed acting commissioner by LePage in late May. Rosen’s appointment is subject to approval by the Maine Senate; Allen’s is not.

Rosen called Allen an incredibly talented person who commands widespread respect.

“Mike’s knowledge of tax policy and economics is unmatched in Maine, and he will make a remarkable deputy commissioner,” said Rosen.

Allen, an avid cyclist, is a graduate of the University of Vermont, received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Rhode Island and received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Internal Revenue Service’s Statistics of Income Advisory Panel.

Prior to joining Maine Revenue Services in 1997, Allen worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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