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Educational Funding

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Allyson Gilbert

on 6 May 2014

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Transcript of Educational Funding

Alternative Policy 1
Allyson Gilbert, Veronica Doire, Abigail Nolan, and Sholie Hanscom
Educational Funding
How Can We Raise More Revenue?
Alternative Policy 2
*Per student
Alternative Policy 3
Proposed Policy
Increasing Tobacco Tax
State revenue stream could potentially
$47.37 million
a year
The amount of revenue could potentially
due to
less tobacco
Increasing Hotel and Restaurant Taxes
Pro: Will target

Con: Potentially affects Mainers
“When we go on vacation, we just know where we want to go. We
research things like the
tax rate

Legalize and tax marijuana
Not legal
those that actually need it for
medicinal purposes
Colorado has met their education funding and
passed their minimum
" Time to consider something new, not the old mainstays."
Justin Stygles
Brought to our attention by: Patrick Hartnett
Proposed Bill LD 1453
Proposed by the NEA
Why It Is A Problem?
Pros and Cons of
Current Policy
"I think it's one of the better formulas.
It used to be a lot worse."
-Suzan Beaudoin
Every school
gets funded. No one is left out
Current Policies
"The problem with the 55% is that we've
never gotten there
and I don't think
we ever will..." -
Tim Winsor
"How else is a municipality supposed to raise money when they cannot levy taxes elsewhere or have a large non-taxable population?" -
Justin Stygles
Between 2010 and 2011 alone funding has been cut $820.45 per student
"The closest we have ever reached in that 55% is 53% and ever since it's been going down. This year we were at 46%." -
Lois Kilby Chesley

"[Lack of funding] is really affecting some of the poor districts." -
Suzan Beaudoin

State pays
of all need, which is determined by property values
The towns are responsible for what the state doesn't raise
Since the state wasn't reaching what they are
to pay, neither did the districts
-Richard Atorick, South Carolina
Resident/Maine Vacationer
"Democratic Rep. Richard Farnsworth of Portland, would bump Maine’s cigarette tax from $2 per pack to $3.50 per pack. Farnsworth’s bill would add $47.37 million annually to the state’s revenue stream."
-Bangor Daily News

Raise the Hotel and Restaurant Tax to 9%
The increase, will bring in roughly
$30 million
a year for every 1% increase.
This would affect
and could defer people from going to the businesses
Bibliography Continued
*Per student
*Per student
* Cousins, Christopher. "Maine Lawmakers Propose $30 Million in Additional Education Funding without Revenue to Pay for It." Bangor Daily News RSS. BDN, 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

*Wyatt, Kristen. "Colorado Collects $2 Million in Recreational Pot Taxes." US World News. ABC, 2014. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

*Long, Robert. "Plans to Hike Tobacco Taxes Could Cause Shoppers to Go Elsewhere, Storeowners Say." Bangor Daily News RSS. BDN, 06 May 2013. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

*Moretto, Mario. "Will Plan to Raise Taxes on Lodging, Meals and Sales Hurt Maine’s Tourism Industry?" Bangor Daily News RSS. BDN, 09 June 2013. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
* Cousins, Christopher. "Lawmakers Propose Increases to Sales and Lodging Taxes as Part of Budget Deal." Bangor Daily News RSS. BDN, 7 June 2013. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

*Marr, Chuck, and Chye-Ching Huang. "Center on Budget and Policy Priorities." Higher Tobacco Taxes Can Improve Health and Raise Revenue —. CBPP, 19 Mar. 2014. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

*Research Shows. "Research Shows." Research Shows. BDN, 25 Jan. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.
MaryLou Peterson-
Paris Elementary
School Assistant Principle
Justin Stygles-
Elementary Teacher (6th)
Wendy Robichaud-
Marketing Teacher
Kenny Poulin-
OHCHS history Teacher
Lois Kilby-Chesley-
MEA President
Suzan Beaudoin-
DOE Public Finance (K-12)
Tom Winsor-
Norway, Maine Representative
Kathleen Jackson-
Republican Legislative Aid
Patrick Hartnett-
Assistant Superintendent
40 Randomly Surveyed Adults
Proposed Policy Cont.
"We are taxing
out of state
money. Our hotel and restaurant taxes are already
than New Hampshire..."
-John Pinto
"Let's make use of our
- Jim Hamalainen
"[I agree] only if it was ear marked and
go towards
something else
- Tina Fox
"While a large amount of this tax is paid by
folks, local people do pay a
portion of the tax."
- Tom Winsor
John Pinto-
High School History Teacher
James Hamalainen-
Elementary Teache
Tina Fox-
High School Math Teacher
EPS is the formula for deciding this
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