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One Cent's Worth
Amid the white noise of the election, sometimes the most pressing — but least headline-grabbing — issues fade into the hubbub. One such issue: the "fiscal cliff," the standoff over which says as much about the poisonous state of politics as it does about the US's ongoing economic frailty.
| October 31, 2012
GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
| May 30, 2012
It just don’t pay
Politics + Other Mistakes
The only thing worse than taxes is tax breaks.
| May 09, 2012
King-BIW deal resurfaces during tax-incentive scrutiny
Corporate Welfare Watch
Bath Iron Works staff subsidize their own jobs as a result of a 15-year-old deal now coming under criticism from a national watchdog group.
| April 20, 2012
Making the ‘Buffett Rule’ law
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has received plenty of ink for his "Buffett Rule" legislation, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
| February 16, 2012
What were you hoping for?
In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
| December 28, 2011
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Tax reform: it's downright scary
I don't believe in ghosts. Or vampires. Or werewolves. Or other mythical creatures, such as Republican US Senate candidate Scott D'Amboise.
| October 26, 2011
Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction
Notes on class warfare
President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
| September 22, 2011
Indentured servitude and other keys to the Rhode Island recovery
Dollars and Sense
Despite the continual awarding of tax breaks to various upper-income types, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate is still near bottom. So I make these seven modest suggestions for addressing the problem.
| August 31, 2011
This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
| August 24, 2011
Infographic: Boston's addiction to property taxes
More than 50 percent of property in the city of Boston — state buildings, church grounds, college campuses, etc. — is tax exempt. These charts, stats, and graphs illustrate Boston’s property tax addiction: rising costs, a declining real estate market, and state restrictions on how much cash the city can collect.
| August 17, 2011
This campaign season, you’re not really committed to defending the GOP agenda unless you sign on the dotted line
Whether it's to flags, fraternities, or charities, privileged douchebags love pledging allegiance.
CHRIS FARAONE AND DAVID EISENBERG
| August 01, 2011
All that you paid for
I've got some deals for you.
| June 29, 2011
The tobacco tax
Smoking isn't one of my many vices. But that doesn't mean I have something against those who've chosen that method of killing themselves. It's not like their addiction makes them bad people.
| May 18, 2011
Local heroes of 2011
Simon Moore and Linda Katz
In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS
| April 20, 2011
LePage’s first biennial budget
That's it? That's the budget that was supposed to transform Maine into — depending on your political orientation — either a business-friendly, job-creating, profit-making paradise of free-market capitalism — or an environmental wasteland in which impoverished workers seek shelter while being urinated on by corporate swine?
| February 23, 2011
Protect teachers' pensions
Letters to the Portland Editor, February 25, 2011
Our governor proposes more money for K-12 education, no cuts in funding for higher education, and increased funding for Medicaid. Good for almost everyone. He also promises to lower the personal state income tax for upper-income earners, and to eliminate the estate tax. Better for the already fortunate.
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| February 23, 2011
Walking on broken glass
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
| December 15, 2010
Mo' money, fewer problems
Now is the time to weather- and winter-ize our homes, and not just because the temperatures are dropping (the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a milder-than-usual winter).
| September 29, 2010
Wait your turn to vote
Voting should be for citizens only
Immigrants are fantastic. But they shouldn't be in the voting booth.
| August 18, 2010
Less of you
Reform is a bad idea
When the Legislature gets reformed, things get worse.
| August 18, 2010
Menino's money problems
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010
David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| June 16, 2010
Take this to the polls
Our endorsements for the June 8 elections
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| June 03, 2010
Bragdon vs. Trevorrow, Greens, District 120
Charles Bragdon and Anna Trevorrow vie in the East End legislative race
| May 19, 2010
Fed up and low down
For once, the beleaguered taxpayers of Maine can’t lose
Just kidding. Of course they’ll lose.
| April 21, 2010
Cooking the books
How long until Love, Sex & the IRS collide?
Tax season got you feeling screwed? How about a little schadenfreude: Chances are Jon (Christian F. Luening) has it a lot worse and more embarrassing than you in Love, Sex & the IRS , the 1979 comedy by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.
| April 14, 2010
Photos: Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express
Tea Party Express rally, Boston Common, April 14, 2010
Photos from Sarah Palin’s Tea Party rally on Boston Common
| April 15, 2010
'Tea' is for terrorism
When even the most ‘legitimate’ voices of the right validate dangerously unhinged anti-government rhetoric — DUCK!
A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a memo outlining the growing threat posed to this country from right-wing extremists. It compared the situation to that of the early 1990s — which culminated in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| April 12, 2010
Box-office guru comes to Boston
The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently rejected attempts to cap the tax breaks offered to filmmakers in the commonwealth, which is good for Hollywood studios and for the local economy.
| April 07, 2010
Big Fat Whale
"Thanks for the foie gras!"
| April 08, 2010
"Hush Hush Sweet Harlot," with Chris Kasper + Brother & Co.
@ The Red Door
"To the East, Blackwards: Islam & Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination"
@ University of New England - Portland
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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