AUGUSTA – Fighting for fair taxes and investment in Maine’s communities are two of the goals of a newly formed alliance called the Prosperity Coalition.
Members of the coalition range from labor unions to think tanks and from small business groups to elected officials.
Some members say it is time for lawmakers to help towns and cities again by restructuring revenue sharing programs.
“The town of Orono has been forced to increase its property tax rate because of the loss of revenue sharing. The town is reducing public programs and cutting employee benefits. Orono’s property taxes have gone up substantially since revenue sharing was cut,” said Orono firefighter Andrew Brogdan.
Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy said the policies of the previous administration forced the middle class to struggle economically while the rich prospered.