The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released the results of a study it said shows that the average Maine taxpayer in 2011 would have to shoulder an extra $222 tax burden to make up for revenue lost from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting income to offshore tax havens. Additionally, Maine small businesses paid $954 more on average to make up for the revenue lost to corporate tax shelters and loopholes.
A new report on casino gambling in New England estimates that Mainers spent nearly $35 million at Connecticut's two casinos last year, while spending nearly $63 million at the Hollywood Casino in Bangor.
The chief of the Maine Labor Relations Board has dismissed a complaint by the state's largest public employees union, which claimed the state is hiring private contractors before negotiating with the union for the work.
Authorities are investigating another arson fire in Gorham after firefighters responded to a fire at a home under construction on Dingley Spring Road Wednesday night. Investigators said there was no major damage.
Citizen initiatives have become the vehicle of choice for developers seeking to establish casinos in Maine. Now a legislative committee wants a special commission to study the future of gaming in the state before any more casino license applications can be accepted. Supporters say more needs to be known about the state's capacity for gambling businesses and what factors are influencing the revenue potential.