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  • StillRelaxin

    If there’s one thing that’s clear by now it’s that the LePage administration has a real problem with numbers. Seems like they change their numbers on all fronts depending on the direction of the political winds. This has and will continue to lead to nothing but chaos in government and government services. Is that what 38% voted for? What are these conservative Einstein’s using to extrapolate their data “Crystal Balls?” Knew they were trying to take us backwards but that’s getting a bit extreme!

    • Anonymous

      If you think you can do a better job of “forecasting” revenue numbers call up the Governors office and volunteer your crystal ball. Because that is exactly what it is like in today’s economic times.

      • fourCatssoon

        Now Lauren don’t get angry, we have new toys coming for you soon:)

        • Anonymous

          “Lauren”?

      • Anonymous

        “If you think you can do a better job of “forecasting” revenue numbers call up the Governors office and volunteer your crystal ball. Because that is exactly what it is like in today’s economic times. 

        Or if you want something better than crystal balls or voodoo economics, ( voodoo like thinking that one can really cut taxes and balance the budget) 
        … running the government, vote for reality based leadership, next November. 

        • Anonymous

          “running the government, vote for reality based leadership, next November”?

          Where?

          Do you mean like the U.S. Attorney General that allows a BATFE program to continue after the weapons used have killed U.S. citizens and law enforcement officers and THEN blames the prior administration for starting it? Maybe he was for it before he was against it and then was against it but blamed the prior administration for starting it but didn’t stop it.

          Or maybe you mean the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury that failed to pay income tax?

          Yes the leadership available to us for election this coming November are so grounded in “reality based leadership”.

          • Anonymous

            What does the record … the economic results … of the Bush tax cuts and deregulation 
            suggest to you about those policies ? Does the GOTea have anything else to offer ? No. Based on the record, who really believes you can cut taxes for the wealthy and balance the budget ?

            Even in the face of the fact that those policies did not balance the budget AND caused the worse recession sense 1929 by destroying the housing market ? 

            Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again excepting different results the very definition of insanity ? 

          • Anonymous

            Do you honestly believe that the Democrat party has the answers? I don’t believe they have the answers anymore than the Republican party.

            All both parties do is bicker back and forth. Accomplishing nothing and watching the economy circle the drain.

            “Isn’t doing the same thing over and over again excepting different results the very definition of insanity ?”

            Yes it is…and allowing both parties to continue down the same road as they have been going for decades is by definition, insane.

          • fourCatssoon

             broken record jd2008jd how about at least changing your site name to like listen to the trickle down with our plans and all the new jobs the governor has created to date – yes he has created one – hired his Daughter at $40,00 plus room and board at the Blaine Mansion – your right – that trickled down to her. Idea – how about asking her to find the peoples Murals that are still in a dirty closet on civic center drive where the State Police operate and i bet they must assign someone to stand guard over the Mural?

          • Anonymous

            I have read each of your juvenile comments this evening fourCatssoon. And that is just what they are….juvenile.

          • fourCatssoon

             Same recording. don’t you have a different recorder response and the one’s you have been using all night are as boring as your very rich bottom:)

          • Anonymous

            *yawn*

          • Anonymous

            You better investigate our own damn state officials before you jump on the feds. Start with Nutting

          • Anonymous

            I do believe the feds consider the Nutting case closed.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t yell at us, LePage is the one who bragged about all the bright ideas he had and how he would create jobs. Put the blame where it belongs.

      • fourCatssoon

         Do you use a recorder to assist you in the drible all night while you are counting your mounds of cash while sitting in your limo:)

        • Anonymous

          *yawn*

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t matter who has great suggestions, ideas or whatever is a positive statement. With LePage its either his way or the highway. Even his republican party is frustrated with him. Sad situation for the State of Maine

        • Anonymous

          I couldn’t agree more. That IS the problem. No one wants to listen to the other side. Both sides have ideas, some good and some bad. But until we start listening to each other nothing will get accomplished.

          And as far as the Governor is concerned you’re correct again. And that is why I didn’t vote for him. While some find his “directness” refreshing leading up to the election I found it boorish at best and in many cases juvenile.

          You cannot run a state by refusing to listen to both political parties (especially when you were elected with 38% of the vote) or the electorate.

    • Anonymous

      Decades of Democratic spending has gotten us into this unsustainable mess we’re in now.

      With all the money that is funneled into our various welfare programs is it so hard to believe that we’re in trouble?

      Couple that with a terrible economy, it spells out imminent disaster.

      • fourCatssoon

         I know, and all this mess started when Jock McKernan was Governor – remember now:)

        • Anonymous

          And which party controlled the purse strings in Maine for the past 33 or so years? Remember now? :)

          • fourCatssoon

             Let me guess – was it some fat rich Republican?? Is that the trickle down jobs that conservatives as yourself  agree:) I bet as a lobbyist you are paid a bundle to stand and hold up the fort for your green shirts

          • Anonymous

            “Let me guess – was it some fat rich Republican??”

            That would be NO.

            “Maine Democrats Brace for Changing Times at the State House” 10/15/2010

            “Even among State House veterans, it’s hard to recall when Democrats didn’t control the Maine House. The party has held the majority there since 1975 and frustrated Republican efforts to regain the the governor’s office for 16 years.

            For a brief two-year period, Republicans were able to control the Maine Senate in 1996, only to relinquish its control back to the Democrats in 1998. But Republican Senate Minority Leader Kevin Raye says times are changing.”

            http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/13882/Default.aspx
            ~~~~~
            “Is that the trickle down jobs that conservatives as yourself  agree:)”

            I don’t believe the Democrats believe in “trickle down” anything.
            ~~~~~
            “I
            bet as a lobbyist you are paid a bundle to stand and hold up the fort
            for your green shirt”

            I am a working stiff. Working two jobs.

          • fourCatssoon

             Do you think for a minute anyone believes u based on your killer comments. two job, #1 a lobbyist making $250,090. a year and #2 campaign worker to the buffoon. You are a fibber:) speaking truths is hard for u.

          • Anonymous

            fourCatssoon I really don’t care what you think I do (your wrong on both counts) for a living.

            But I see accepting the truth about who controlled the purse strings in this state is difficult for you.

            Have a good time moving through life with the huge chip on your shoulder.

          • Anonymous

            He referenced actual articles about the change in the state’s representation. 

            I’d say that’s speaking the truth with evidence. 
            Something that you have yet to present.

            derp.

          • Anonymous

            your so wrong, past 40 years were wonderful. Where were you? If your so smart, call LePage and straighten him out. You make it sound like you should be on his payroll. Help out or get off the farm

          • Anonymous

            I think the President called for a more tolerant tone a year ago January after Representative Gifford’s was shot.

            But your response is typical when faced with facts.

      • Anonymous

        The disaster = LePage.  

        • Anonymous

          Current Solution = CUT SPENDING ! ! !

        • Anonymous

          Really blaming LePage for only being in office for 13 months for the problems that have accumulated over 35+ years is laughable.  The Democrat Party in Maine needs to take responsibility for the mess they have created.  If they didn’t go bonkers with Welfare Expansion, Raising Taxes all the time, Borrowing for roads and bridges than have the money diverted out of DOT into welfare.  Them raiding DOT funds to cover up the mess at DHHS.  If they had put half the energy into helping businesses, working people with tax cuts and giving people more freedom.  Like they did into expanding Welfare for those who don’t need it we probably wouldn’t be in as bad of a mess we are in.

          • Anonymous

            “Really blaming LePage for only being in office for 13 months for the problems that have accumulated over 35+ years is laughable. ”  

            It is more honest and honorble than blaming every thing on   “35+ “years of Democrats, ignoring Angus King,  John R. McKernan, Jr., James B. Longley

      • Anonymous

        Even the republicans are saying that it’s the lack of job growth.   I don’t understand how “decades of democratic spending”  have anything to do with a year’s worth of this governor’s economic predictions.     

        He proposed the budget,   they run the legislature,  this isn’t about spending.    This is a bout economic forcasting,  and that responsibility clearly lies with them.

        • Anonymous

          IIRC, it wasn’t more than two or three weeks ago that Charles Colgan, the State’s leading economist at USM and consultant to the State said that we will not get back to prerecession levels(jobwise) until 2017.  I recall reading his predictions in the BDN. Colgan has said before the most recent economic downturn that the Maine economy turns down later than the rest of the country but is also slower to recover when the national economy improves.

      • StillRelaxin

        Oh how soon you folks have forgotten eight years of Mr. Bush’s spending like there’s no tomorrow, nation building, unnecessary wars, and tax breaks for the folks who sent so many of our jobs overseas. Now you want to blame our economic situation on displaced workers forced onto welfare rolls after the classy people you admire shipped their jobs off to China so that they could pay them slave labor wages? That’s just plain sick.

        • Anonymous

          Was George Bush Governor of Maine or in the Maine Legislature.  No he was not so stop blaming Bush for Maine Democrat’s failures for not cutting Spending , Welfare etc..   They got us into this mess in the first place till the Dems present reasonable plans to cut spending , create jobs , also allowing us to have more freedoms.  They shouldn’t be taken seriously their record from 1974- 2010 is nothing to be proud of .  If I was a Democrat thankfully I am not I would be angry at where the Maine Dems have taken this state.

          • StillRelaxin

            Oh you must be right there darky how could I have thought that what happens in Washington could possibly have anything to do with what happens in every State in America? What was I thinking? So goes Maine so goes Washington right? Guess that makes Paula Page KING after all.  Congratulations. Hail to the King of hate!

          • Anonymous

            Please put down the cup of LSD laced tea, pull off the tin-foil hat and step away from the keyboard…your dellusional responses merely highlight the fact that you are consistently out-debated, proven wrong over and over and over, yet cannot seem to muster up the will to actually pick up some reading material and get educated.  The tired old idea of exponential expansion in government spending, debt accumulatiuon, and subsequent taxation is being fleshed out for what it truly is, an unsustainable approach to government that results in a rapid expansion human misery and destitution at the hand of poorly directed resource allocation within a market distorted by the medling hand of economic planners in government.  This apporach has never worked in a sustainable fashion throughout human history.  There is no evidence that it will now and therefore no reason to continue down an unsustainable path that only leads to misery and human suffering.

        • Anonymous

          This is not about national representation. The article is about Maine revenues. 
          And the democrats i referenced have been our governors and legislature. 

      • Anonymous

        oh get over with the same old comments. Goverment in general got us into this mess. Lots to blame in on. Greed of friend of friends has a lot to do with it. Too bad the corruption couldn’t be corrected.
        Corporate tax breaks accout to a huge loss. This is simple to understand unless your part of the problem. Get it?

        • Anonymous

          Like X 350,000,000  !!!!!!!!!!  that’s it in a nut shell folks :-/

      • Anonymous

        Right wing talking points.  Nothing more.  Baldacci and Dems cut $800million from the budget during the height of the Bush/GOP recession, and over the years cut taxes through the homestead exemption and the circuit breaker program, all the things you right wingers are supposed to love.  The right wing sends jobs overseas, hides money in the Caymans, gives unending job killing tax giveaways to millionaires and oil companies, gives endless no bid contracts to the military industrial complex, engages in endless nation building and policing of the world, won’t even allow us to bargain for cheaper prescription drug prices because they are owned by the drug companies, and explodes the national debt.  Then you people have the gall to stand there and criticize Democrats because your TeaNut Paulie is a whacko failure along with those TeaNut goofballs of yours in Washington.    See you in November.  The Maine and national GOP is toast.

        • Anonymous

          The republicans you reference  were in washington, not in Maine.

          It is the democrats in Maine that have spent this state into oblivion, set up unsustainable feel-good programs, made us a sanctuary state, and sold us out.

      • Yeah,

        it’s them lousy welfare recipients that crashed the economy!

        All that spending on Exotic Lifestyles!

        • Anonymous

          actually it was government spending via debt expansion and risk guarantees on bad loans….but hey, who’s really keeping track of reality anyway these days…right?

    • Anonymous

      “If there’s one thing that’s clear by now it’s that the LePage administration has a real problem with numbers. 

      “Conservative math” (and other sciences, like economics) , is faith, not number, based.

      • fourCatssoon

         Only numbers, how about personality. When he worked at Mardens he was hated by all empoyess and he had no respect for any human being that did not bow to him.

    • jimbobhol

      Yawn!!!!

      • fourCatssoon

         that is the typical response when someone does not understand a position, make sense?

        • Anonymous

          No, just your post…*yawn*

  • Anonymous

    OMG !
    The tax cuts for the wealthy have stopped trickling down upon Maine. 

  • Anonymous

    Now i wounder what caused that lets see  no snow lack of jobs lack of people coming to  Maine    mmmmmm   ??

  • Anonymous

    Why is the first instinct of today’s politicians, and the press, to respond to revenue shortfalls by talking of cutting government spending?  Where is the talk of tax increases? Don’t argue that tax cuts increase tax revenue, because the experience since 2001 is that tax cuts decrease revenue not increase it. The only thing tax cuts increase is the rate of decline in the economy because they cause a decline in aggregate demand for goods and services.

    • Anonymous

      The last time the state increased taxes it was vetoed by the people. I would think that would tell you something.

    • Anonymous

      Spoken like a true Keynesian…LOL, where do you think the “corporatocracy” that your sick of came from?

      Try reading and understanding the Austrian school of economics…understanding the ROOT of the problems we face is key and from reading your post above, you appear to have some learning to do…

  • Anonymous

    Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, co-chairman of the committee. “The economic forecasts for Maine continue to signal extraordinarily slow job growth and until we have some significant job growth we will not have significant growth in state revenues.”
    Actually Senator Rosen is almost right. He says the State of Maine has had extraordinarily slow job growth. In reality the State of Maine has had extraordinarily fast job loss. I agree with him until Maine starts to add jobs then the State’s financial mess is going to continue. 

    We need jobs in Maine and we need them badly. Other States are adding jobs why isn’t Maine? We were told that excessive regulation and taxes were the problem. The last session of the legislature cut both , in fact we had the largest tax cut in the State’s history according to Maine’s Governor,  still we continue to lose jobs. We were told that we needed to “reform” our health insurance laws and that would lower insurance cost. My company pays a significant portion of our employee’s health insurance premiums. Our cost haven’t gone down, in fact just the opposite has happened they have gone up. 

    Our Governor who ran on the slogan of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS is over a year into his  4 year term. It would be unfair to expect to see rapid job growth, but we are seeing just the opposite. He is constantly telling everyone how unprepared Maine workers are for jobs. Maine workers have long been known and revered for their positive work ethic yet rather then hearing that it seems the only thing we hear these days is how lazy Maine workers are, how practically the entire State is on welfare. We are told by the Governor that Maine workers do not need a college education. He even went on national TV and told the Nation that Maine kids didn’t need to get BA degrees. He said they needed to learn how to work in the woods, farm and fish. Logging, farming and fishing are all honest work but the growth industries of today are not about cutting down trees, or picking potatoes or even fishing. They are about science, technology and healthcare.  

    When was the last time Paul Richard LePage said anything positive about Maine. Rather then hearing positive things we are constantly seeing him either on TV or in the papers blaming someone or group. First it was the press, then it was the Democrats and now he has taken aim at his own party, the Republicans. 

    We need jobs in Maine and the only way we are going to get them is to attract business. Putting up “Open For Business” signs will not do it. Constantly putting down Maine workers will not do it. We need leadership, leadership that is out front selling Maine, her workers and the positive aspects of doing business in our State. Business is scared to death about one thing. Uncertainty. Unfortunately uncertainty seems to be the one thing Maine has in abundance.

    • fourCatssoon

       Excellent comment. thank you.

    • Anonymous

      AND, Until the jobs pick up, CUT SPENDING ! ! !

      • Brilliant!

        Absolutely Brilliant!

    • Please, do us a big favor and announce to run against LePage quick. You have a more objective perspective than Paulie has and see that ALL TYPE’S of education are needed to bring Maine back to where we need to be. I have no gripe with Paulie’s call for Vo-Tech program’s, especially given the increasingly seen lack of Trade’s for homeowner and commercial repair’s as seen in the various Yellow Page listing’s. But Maine needs, as seen by the recent development and demonstration of the ‘composite concrete beam’s’ that are now headed to Missouri, the college education type program’s as well that design and develop these type’s of technologies and product’s. Newer development’s in material’s, methods and techique’s are done thru these institution’s. The Vo-Tech program’s teach and train in how they are used and can be retrofitted (and retrofitting is a HUGE issue up here in Maine) to what infrastructure we have now. Only by combining the 2 types of education programs is Maine going to move ahead. 4mermainer has a more practical view of Maine than Paulie obviously has. Now the only question is when are the educational institution’s and the business sector’s going to come together and realize that they need each other to advance and build. Maine has the ‘smart’s’ and it has the vision. The only question remaining is do we have determiniation to carry it thru. And that’s where leadership is seen as lacking. Nature, of any type, hates a vaccum be it political or economic. Sooner or later it’s going to be filled. The ‘what’ is what Maine has the opportunity to determine.

      • Guest

        As long as there are Democrats promoting Unions, Wind Turbines, eligibility standards that are 2X many other states, the state of Maine will always be behind.  Democrats need poverty to survive.  After 35 years you people blame someone else who had 13 months to correcdt 35 years.  Democrats should take ownership for the mess that they caused.

    • Anonymous

      When compared to the rest of the nation Maine has always lag in job recovery and growth after a recession. This is not news we want to hear but it is a fact we need to underscore. Maine has not had a robust economy for the past several decades if I recall, at least not when compared to other states. One therefore must question whether this fact is not connected to the tendency of not being able to recover from recessions. After all, if the Maine economy has been relatively sluggish all along why should we expect to see it any differently during slow times? While jobs are certainly desired and needed, the state needs to continue looking for long-term solutions, such as, cheaper sources of energy and self promotion. In the short run it can help companies that put people to work by easing up on regulations that raise operational costs.

    • Guest

      You can not simply turn off the negative effects of 35 years of Leftist Democratic party control.  We spent our $ on trails for rails or whatever BS.  We doubled eligibility standards for entitlement programs.  The Dems had us use valuable dollars building useless turbines.  The state of Maine is like a big ship that takes a long time to turn around and escape the treacherous Leftist reefs.  Mainers are amongst the laziest people I’ve ever come across.  It’s like the Mississippi of the North.

      • Anonymous

        Are you serious?    You say 35 years of “leftest democratic control”.    Let’s take a little look at history:  nationally, 1980 to 1988 , Ronald Reagan.  (Jock McKernan was governor)  then it was George Sr. for 4 years.   After Sr, came Bill Clinton,  a southern democrat.   Then we had 8 years of George Jr.  Both Bushes sought war, both conducted war.    This recession started during and is directly attributed to George Jr.   He attacked a country after 9/11 (Iraq, which his father did as well),   a country that NEVER harbored Osama,  that was his war on terrorism.  But it cost us dearly.  Soldiers, money, credibility and trade.  And that war finally ended, this year.

        No,  it’s not “leftest democrats” that caused this economic recession,  it was 8 years of war expenses, and tax breaks, and bail outs that drained our economy.   Allowing businesses to do what they want and keep their American markets open,  making billions,  on the war alone.    

        Let’s set things straight here,   Neither of the Georges Sr. or Jr.. never once, took a shot at Osama,   Clinton took a shot at him with a rocket attack and may have injured him,   and Obama got him.     Now,  those are results. That’s 20 years of republican control in the White House. Compared to 11 years controlled by the democrats, seems to me that you have almost a decade of accountability to explain.

        We had McKernan for 8 years, then King (an independent) for another 8. Obviously that’s 16 years. Baldacci for 8, and now Le Page. Your math isn’t adding up, and I might add that during the Clinton years, the economy grew at a steady pace.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you. I could not have said it better myself. You hit the nail right on the head!

    • Anonymous

      Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Bucksport, co-chairman of the committee business model is to pour more subsidy money into the Maine Maritime Academy (his voting base). Giving $10,000 per student per year to a student body of  900 which nearly 1/2 are from out of state who graduate and never look back all the while cutting other necessary services is another Greece in the making. It’s time to privatize the MMA.

  • Anonymous

    Since so many are talking about taxes, here is an interesting article from Reuters.

    “Who Pays the Highest Taxes?”

    Published February 10, 2012/Reuters
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2012/02/08/who-pays-highest-taxes/?intcmp=fbfeatures

    • fourCatssoon

       The poor people as usual and i would beat that you don’t pay any taxes at all, basic rich people tool. Now jd200 you have worked hard tonight for your Republican causes, you may now go to bed with all your sacks of money you earned today.

      • Anonymous

        *yawn* is that the best you have?

    • Anonymous

      Oh like that’s a reliable source!

      • Anonymous

        Reuters is not a “reliable source”?

    • Anonymous

      Look where it’s from. MHPC Central!!!!

  • Anonymous

    To me the jobs need to be posted in schools so the kids know what they need to take for subjects so when they go to collages they can fine tune them

    • Anonymous

      that would be great if there jobs in this state to be hired

      • Anonymous

        Well according to out gov there are 20,000 jobs that they need skilled workers for  .

    • Lord Whiteman

       I don’t think ” Job wanted : fry cook 20 hrs a week no benefits”  will inspire many kids

  • Anonymous

    ” they spend less on discretionary items such as going out for dinner or buying a new appliance.”  True Maine citizens are NOT spending on “discretionary items” because they do NOT  have the $$.   Maine health insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the cost of living.   

    Maine used to manufacture paper, great shoes and other small products.  Today the largest employer is the State. “OLD ” news but money is tight because  the State of Maine & the country are in a DEPRESSION !!    The current Obama Administration is managing a Socialism form of government.  450,000 GREAT overpaid Federal jobs added in DC the past 3 years.  Minimum “salary” is 40K and many “positions” exceed 100K with 100% health insurance coverage.JOBS abound in DC, VA & MD while the majority of the small Electoral College manufacturing States have lost thousands of jobs to China, etc. who are manufacturing junk.  Bought any great shoes from China ??Less smiles on CSPAN lately because the Representatives & Senators are coming too that the ECONOMY is crashing & they’re concerned whether they are going to be re-elected.The party is over in NOVEMBER !! 

  • Anonymous

    It will take much longer than 12 months to rectify 20+ years of idiocy of the past socialistic administrations. If only the citizens of Maine would get out of the way of this Governor and let him do his job without putting up obstacles at every step he takes, I do believe progress would be made.
     Look at what we are facing: Miles and miles of potholed roads, unsafe bridges, methodone and marajuana clinics more plentful than gas stations, 40-50% of the population on some or all types of state assistance available, and state worker compensation, benefits/pension at twice the level of the average private sector tax payer.
    I could go on and on, but won’t.
    We all need to wake up and follow through with the hard decisions that are necessary to get our state and country back!

  • Anonymous

    when this happens when the dems are in power they spend $100 Million over  ,then want more tax money.

  • Anonymous

    The gang that couldn’t shoot straight continues.DHHS and every other part of LePage’s cabal can’t count to ten.

  • Lord Whiteman

    The people of Maine gave Paul Lepage 1/2 a billion dollars more than we gave Baldacci to run this state. 
    Lepage was just given another 1/4 of a billion on top of that by the Republican controlled legislature..  If Lepage can’t run this state with 3/4 of a billion more than the Democrats used , we should hire Baldy to run things and send Lepage back home to New Brunswick.

    • Anonymous

      You need to also state Mr Lepage inherited a 6 billion dollar non funded mandate. The money he spends has been authorized by past administrations and legislatures to pay union retirements and benefits. He is also bound to allocate monies to all these departments until he can force change, which is what he is fighting to do. You complain for the spending and you complain when he tries to change it. You seem to have all the answers but yet you are not in charge. Maybe you need to run for Governor and expose us to your massive intellect. 

      • Lord Whiteman

          Baldy’s last two year budget was 5.8 billion and it was balanced. Republicans screamed and whined that it was too much money and they said they would reduced that amount if elected.
           Now here we are with Augusta finally in the hands of the right wingers and what do we get?
           Lepage’s current budget is 6.3 billion and he wants 1/4 of a billion more… 

        Those are the facts deal with it.

        • Please explain a “balanced budget” when the state ( and its people) have a 6 billion dollar non funded mandate? Your lack of understanding of ALL the  hard facts is astonishing.

          • Lord Whiteman

             So where is you documentation? The state budget has to be balanced by law. If Baldaccis budget wasn’t balanced why did Republicans say he was spending too much money?

  • Guest

    Wonderfull News !!!!!!
    The best way to kill a tumor is to cut off its blood supply.

    • Yes, because providing services like roads, bridges, snow plows, education, and a safety net for those with bad luck is the same as a “tumor” …

  • Anonymous

    Surprise, surprise.

    Meanwhile, have you checked your roads and bridges lately?

  • Lord Whiteman

      Baldy’s last two year budget was 5.8 billion and it was balanced. Republicans screamed and whined that it was too much money and they said they would reduced that amount if elected.   Now here we are with Augusta finally in the hands of the right wingers and what do we get?
       Lepage’s current budget is 6.3 billion and he wants 1/4 of a billion more… 

  • Anonymous

    If all but the precious few have seen income stagnation or decline in the days since what Robert Scheer calls The Great American Stickup, how can anyone expect state revenue to increase? To do so must be a special sort of madness, no?

  • It seems like people that are from “away” are finally getting the message.

  • I’m guessing that when you have an administration that is 100% anti-tax you get a business and private income community that is that much more likely to find creative ways to not pay them.  And when you go out of your way to cut revenues when revenues are already way down, then you get the perfect storm.  Adn where have all the tax cuts for the wealthy gone?  Surely not into the Maine economy.  Probably just bought or refurnished bigger and better homes in Florida. 

    FYI:  In business they say you have to spend money to make money becasue, like it or not, an economy is not about saving money but money flowing and the profits and value added nature thereof.  And if all you ever do is cut, then all you do is stifle the flow of money.  Gov’t spending may not “create Jobs” but it does help keep the money flowing and help keep the private economy on life support while it weathers the storm of a recession.  But when even the gov’t pulls out, voila, a difficult recession becomes a long and lasting depression.

    Maine can never win a race to the bottom.  We need to race for the top.  To offerr some tujg better than other states that is worth paying extra for.  So vote these idiots out and make a veto proof congress so that we can neuter this Govenor and we then we can fix this.  Ohterwise, its just going to get worse and worse!

  • Anonymous

    Well Lapage cut more of Maine’s income by deleting taxes.. Cut back on sales taxes and expect to make your books balance..  I cant believe how ignorant some of you posters are.. You actually believe that Democrats caused this mess.. Maine has always been a poor state.. And I thought the people of Maine were intelligent till now.. Our Maine’s economy was so much better before Lapage and yet you still praise him for the crap he is pulling..  There are no jobs in Maine yes I know this.. There are more People on welfare, disability and what have you in Maine then probably anywhere else.. These are the same people that are voting republican and cutting their own throats..  Romney wins the caucus here in Maine, What? The guy who wants to kill social security and medicare and all public assistance programs.. He wants to eliminate taxes for the rich..  Wait that’s any Republican.. Or haven’t you noticed!!! When asked what is you plan for the poor? Romney said that there was a safety net for them and he wasn’t worried about them just the 1 percent..

     This is what you want in the oval office?

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