Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Government is coming to help us…again

 

            

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:

1 comment:

  1. The Maine Constitution stipulates "the legislature are authorized, and it shall be their duty to require, the several towns to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the support and maintenance of public schools". Even this does not mean the towns can charge those who do not use the service or that attendance at these schools is mandatory. Point, what good is a law if you do not enforce it or twist it to mean something it doesn't.

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