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Old 03-23-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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The "Hinterlands" to the Portland crowd would mean Ogunquit.

 
Old 03-23-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I'm all about land and property rights. I'll advocate for the landowner's self determination within the traditional limits of common law that go back a thousand years. No, you can't start a pig farm in the village.

The number of Mainers actually employed is declining. As such, tax revenues will decline unless Augusta passes a tax increase. That is not likely because Maine already has the highest tax burden per capita income in the nation. As our governor said, "If they included Guam and Puerto Rico we would be Number 52 in being business friendly. We are tapped out and government needs to spend less. We can do it.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Let's start with politician's saleries and benefits. Why keep the Blaine house open? We don't need to be paying for it. Pensions and benefits for "retired" (no longer in office) politician's need to be looked at as well.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The house down the street should be closed first. That's the one containing the Maine State Planning Office. They have done nothing positive for the Maine economy since they were formed. The old Blaine house doesn't cost much and has likely been paid for since before 1911. The legislature spent a huge amount of money on the Capitol Building recently and it should be good for the next hundred years if we can prevent what happened to the Wisconsin Capitol Building.

Angus didn't live in the Blaine house, but used it for official functions. Jock McKernan and Joe Brennan lived there as did John Baldacci. Ken Curtis lived there until 1974 when Jim Longley moved in. He served one term and did not run for reelection because he knew he had an illness which would not allow him to complete another term. In my memory, Angus King was the only one who did not live there, staying only on occasion.

New hampshire has over 400 legislators and they are paid about $250 a year. They have the lowest tax burden per capita income in the nation because they have to go home and face their neighbors every night. Something to think about.

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Yes, the "new" America is based increasingly upon being Un-united.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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And the Building Code discussion hits a wall.
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