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Maine Residents watch this one.

Posted by salestax on June 15, 2007

This article doesn’t go into what new services/products will be taxed, but ME is looking to do a total overhaul, it seems, of their state taxes.  Trading off portions of property and income tax to expansion of the sales tax base.  At least they’re not talking of raising the sales tax rate anymore.  I would almost rather see an increase in rate, than an increase in what is being taxed – unless, of course, the newly taxed items are those that the wealthier population would more likely buy. 

Just as I finish writing this, I come accross this bloggers disgust with having to potentially pay sales tax on race tickets and pit passes.  I don’t go to races anymore, and truthfully, with a nascar ticket running at $100+  per seat, this seems like a luxury that should be taxed.  If you can afford a ticket AND pit pass…. I think you can pay the extra $5.  I’d rather see that than the idea to start taxing food.  

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One Response to “Maine Residents watch this one.”

  1. Bill Ryan said

    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, we are not a track that charges $100 a ticket. My race tickets start at $3 for kids and skyrocket to $10 for adults for my weekly racing program. Sure, I guess entertainment is a luxury, but where will the taxes stop?

    In Maine’s case, government spending will increase by twice the rate of inflation in the next budget cycle. If they could come close to just holding spending in check, this expansion would be avoidable.

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