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Transcript of Educational Funding
Allyson Gilbert, Veronica Doire, Abigail Nolan, and Sholie Hanscom
How Can We Raise More Revenue?
Alternative Policy 2
Alternative Policy 3
Increasing Tobacco Tax
State revenue stream could potentially
The amount of revenue could potentially
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
Legalize and tax marijuana
those that actually need it for
Colorado has met their education funding and
passed their minimum
" Time to consider something new, not the old mainstays."
Brought to our attention by: Patrick Hartnett
Proposed Bill LD 1453
Proposed by the NEA
Why It Is A Problem?
Pros and Cons of
"I think it's one of the better formulas.
It used to be a lot worse."
gets funded. No one is left out
"The problem with the 55% is that we've
never gotten there
and I don't think
we ever will..." -
"How else is a municipality supposed to raise money when they cannot levy taxes elsewhere or have a large non-taxable population?" -
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." -
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
"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
a year for every 1% increase.
This would affect
and could defer people from going to the businesses
* 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.
School Assistant Principle
Elementary Teacher (6th)
OHCHS history Teacher
DOE Public Finance (K-12)
Norway, Maine Representative
Republican Legislative Aid
40 Randomly Surveyed Adults
Proposed Policy Cont.
"We are taxing
out of state
money. Our hotel and restaurant taxes are already
than New Hampshire..."
"Let's make use of our
- Jim Hamalainen
"[I agree] only if it was ear marked and
- Tina Fox
"While a large amount of this tax is paid by
folks, local people do pay a
portion of the tax."
- Tom Winsor
High School History Teacher
High School Math Teacher
EPS is the formula for deciding this