7.05 billion dollars in spending, about 250 million dollars more than the last budget.
3% sur-tax on taxable incomes above $200,000, making Maine effectively the highest taxed state in the country.
200 million dollars more (roughly) in new state funding of public schools at a time of dramatically declining school enrollment and no tangible means of directing additional money to property tax relief as promised.
State budget in 1995 was 3.4 billion dollars
Population was roughly 1.3 million people
Student population was roughly 198,000 students
State budget (proposed) 7.05 billion dollars
Population is roughly 1.3 million people
Student population is roughly 170,000 students
Are the roads and bridges better?
Are the students receiving a better educational experience that prepares them for active citizenry?
Are good jobs pouring into Maine?
Is it time to take a stand against this ever growing government intrusion and demand better?