Possible budget solution: Once upon a time Maine had a 6 percent sales tax. Then it was reduced to 5.5 percent and then down to 5 percent. Sales taxes are extremely equitable across the income ranges of the citizens. Even our welcome visitors share in funding our infrastructure via sales taxes.
I propose that bipartisan legislators explore the option of increasing the sales tax by one or maybe even two pennies on a dollar on all items across the board. Maybe the state would not have to cut educational funding and lay off workers. This option deserves a close look by the Legislature, in my mind.