Letter to the Editor: Cut spending; don’t raise taxes

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The Maine State Chamber has recently come forward with a position on recent state of Maine tax increases. They have stated that Maine needs to find a way to cut spending in order to fund new programs, rather than continue to raise taxes.

With an economic slowdown and continually increasing costs of heating, gasoline and food items, businesses and citizens alike are faced with a situation where they need to make tough decisions to keep up with the increased costs of day to day necessities.

This is the wrong time to continue increasing this burden through taxation and the state needs to work on finding ways to cut back on spending and to create an environment in Maine that will promote economic growth and improve everyone’s economic situation.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce joins the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers around the state in supporting the demand for more fiscally responsible state leadership and repeal of any new taxes on the businesses and citizens of Maine.

Respectfully Submitted,
Matt Wotton,
President, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 

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  1. As a member of the Franklin County chamber of Commerce, i would like to state that Matt does not speak for 100% of the membership regarding the upcoming tax referendum,

    He said “and repeal of any new taxes on the businesses and citizens of Maine.” I assume he means in the november ballot

  2. What are you, and the Chambers across the state doing to bring in new business? What statistical research are you doing and presenting to the state legislators that shows the benefits of reducing taxes on the business environment? It seems to me there are many such examples of formerly high tax states that reduced taxes and improved the business climate.

    The recent decision of VW to go to Tenn. comes to mind. Why can’t Maine lobby for these industries? We have the transportation infrastructure and labor force available.

    Also, what are the Chambers doing on the local level to get the Selectmen involved in promoting their areas as a good business environment?

    R. Vallette

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