We just learned that the Maine Legislature, in the persons of the Taxation Committee, is having a hearing at 10 am today on a draft concept for a bill that would appear to propose a statewide property tax. This was tried in the 1970’s, and led to a statewide revolt to repeal it.
You can look up the ‘document’ here: http://legiscan.com/ME/text/LD369/2013
And you can listen to the hearing today at 10 am here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/taxation_cmte.html
The text for the bill reads as follows:
An Act To Redesign Maine's School Funding Model
CONCEPT DRAFT SUMMARY
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes a redesign of Maine's school funding formula to achieve equal educational opportunity for Maine students and statewide equity in property tax burden.
Just for grins, contemplate this as well: