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Postby Media » Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:41 am

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Question 2 hurts business and exacerbates disparities in education funding

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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby geezil » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:38 am

..........Yup! Cape and F. Foreside get the cash and E. Grand & Forest Hills lose. One should visit E. Grand and stand in the parking lot in daylight and do the same at F. Foreside (Yes--I have, as I was that curious). There appears to be a slight discrepancy in visual impact.
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:56 am

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Maine’s economic future looks bleak after the passage of Questions 2 and 4

This commentary first appeared in The Maine Wire.

The recounts for Questions 1 and 2 are almost ready to begin, but there is no significant hope for either opposition campaign in seeing the results of the Nov. 8 election overturned. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says that the recounts (which could cost up to $500,000 to complete, even while done simultaneously) are “unlikely” to change the outcomes from election night, as Maine’s election results have been accurate historically.

Unofficial tallies from the Secretary of State’s office show that Question 1, the initiative to legalize marijuana in Maine, passed by just 4,073 votes, while Question 2, which assesses a three percent surtax on incomes earned over $200,000 to advance funding for public k-12 education, passed by 9,563. It would take approximately 16 miscounted ballots in all of Maine’s 503 towns to overturn Question 2, and about eight in each town to overturn Question 1. In other words, “unlikely” is an understatement.

http://bangordailynews.com/link/maines- ... s-2-and-4/
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby mainejeff » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:41 am

I can't wait for pot to become legal. It will make the next 4 years much easier to deal with. :)
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Mike Tomlin » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:37 am

mainejeff wrote:I can't wait for pot to become legal. It will make the next 4 years much easier to deal with. :)


Just got back from Seattle, kid in a candy store.
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:47 am

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Maine citizens seek to restore tip credit

The Maine People’s Alliance is the state’s lone defender of a provision in Question 4 that removed the tip credit last November. Now, the Maine Legislature, answering the call of thousands employed in Maine’s food service industry, readies its aim at reinstating the tip credit into Maine labor law.

Luckily for Maine’s food service industry, the process to repeal a key component of Question 4 is underway in Augusta.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Kennebec, has sponsored LD 673, a bill to undo a portion of Question 4, passed in November, by reinstating the tip credit in Maine. The state’s tip credit was eliminated after the passage of Question 4, which incrementally raises Maine’s minimum wage until it reaches $12 an hour in 2020, indexing future increases with inflation.

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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:07 am

The MPA is in denial about the tip credit

The Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) is looking more like a gaggle of used car salesmen these days.

After grassroots activists established the Restaurant Workers of Maine group to push back against the removal of Maine’s tip credit, MPA activists have been on the defensive, attempting to sell their referendum question in the media to Mainers already experiencing buyer’s remorse.

The tip credit is being phased out as a result of Question 4’s passage last November, which incrementally increases Maine’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 and indexes future wage hikes with inflation. Included in the referendum was a provision that also removes the tip credit by 2024, affecting thousands employed in Maine’s food service industry. Additionally, Question 4 harms business owners, who the MPA assumes have the financial means to swallow increased labor costs.

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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Mike Tomlin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:33 am

Tom Nolette wrote:The MPA is in denial about the tip credit

The Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) is looking more like a gaggle of used car salesmen these days.

After grassroots activists established the Restaurant Workers of Maine group to push back against the removal of Maine’s tip credit, MPA activists have been on the defensive, attempting to sell their referendum question in the media to Mainers already experiencing buyer’s remorse.

The tip credit is being phased out as a result of Question 4’s passage last November, which incrementally increases Maine’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 and indexes future wage hikes with inflation. Included in the referendum was a provision that also removes the tip credit by 2024, affecting thousands employed in Maine’s food service industry. Additionally, Question 4 harms business owners, who the MPA assumes have the financial means to swallow increased labor costs.

http://topshelfgripe.bangordailynews.co ... ip-credit/


This and the new tax increase approved via referendum are going to slam Maine's economy. We need to make it illegal to pay people to collect referdum signatures.
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Lwyrup » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:59 am

Mike are you also against the Koch brothers financing the pro Gorsuch nomination campaign. Or are just against it in Maine cause, because Maine elections are so cheap to push in the direction that you want to happen. Poliquin and King are not Mariners earned their money some place else and funded their campaigns because the seats they wanted were cheap acquire.
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Re: TOP SHELF GRIPE: Perspective from a conservative millenn

Postby Mike Tomlin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:01 pm

Lwyrup wrote:Mike are you also against the Koch brothers financing the pro Gorsuch nomination campaign. Or are just against it in Maine cause, because Maine elections are so cheap to push in the direction that you want to happen. Poliquin and King are not Mariners earned their money some place else and funded their campaigns because the seats they wanted were cheap acquire.


I like Gorsuch, I wish that we had a system that allowed for Senate approval without the nuclear option. The Koch brothers investested heavily in defeating Obama twice and Trump once. They don't concern me.

I like King. I'm a fan of Poliquin on paper, but he's too wimpy to actually say anything. At least King tells you what he believes.
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