April 06, 2020

TABOR is bad policy

Supporters of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights claim it will slow budget growth, not result in cuts. Quoting from the local expenditure section of the law, “the maximum change in spending for a school unit is inflation plus the change in student enrollment.” As far as I know, change can be positive or negative. So if TABOR supporters are wrong on that point, where else are they wrong?

The school funding formula, at best, allows for a continuation of the status quo, with no new money for school improvements. Think about the long-term effect of not improving a school system. How many schools in Germany or Japan or South Korea don’t plan to incrementally improve their schools?

Maine is in need of tax reform, and the current spending limits, enacted only two years ago, need time to work. TABOR is a double- edged version of the Palesky meat ax, poorly written and bad public policy. Ask Colorado.

Walter Kumiega

School Committee chair

CSD 13

Little Deer Isle

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