Tag Archives: Portland Press Herald

Degree Inflation and Amy Volk makes too much sense

FROM a recent BDN piece (my emphasis): UMaine President Sue Hunter, who was appointed in June, spoke recently with the Bangor Daily News about her goals, the challenges the university faces and the role the university should play in the state’s economic future. . . .  A part of it is when you look at educational attainment […]

What’s actually alarming about the Portland study

From the PPH (for the BDN piece): Portland is losing ground at an “alarming” rate, according to a new study examining nearly 30 indicators of where the city’s economy is headed. Portland’s Economic Scorecard 2014-2015, to be released Tuesday by the Portland Community Chamber, shows that the city has experienced lackluster improvement – or no […]

Corporate Taxes and Job Growth: Repatriate like it’s 2004

IN a recent piece for the PPH, Steve Robinson suggests that lowering the corporate tax would be a boon for the American worker with higher wages and greater job opportunities via increased domestic investments: In contrast, Canada’s combined federal and provincial rate, at 26.3 percent, allows Canada-based businesses to be far more competitive in an increasingly […]

Gasoline Taxes and Infrastructure Spending

AS reported by the AP, and published in the PPH, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Min) and Bob Corker (R-Ten) are proposing to raise gasoline taxes by 12 cents and subsequently indexing it to inflation, offsetting that increase with tax cuts elsewhere.  The move would help keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, and increase the gas tax […]

Education as Economic Policy

ELIOT Cutler rolled out his plan to increase funding and overhaul the state’s education system as a means to promote economic growth.  As reported by the PPH: “States that are doing well economically are almost always the states that consistently have made investments in education, from early childhood through elementary and high school, to post […]

The Portland Press Herald Tilts at Economic Windmills

AS I previously wrote, there is a belief in this state that the key to unlocking Maine’s economic potential is to increase the number of college graduates.  However, those who espouse that view often fail to elaborate on the nuances of that plan; specifically, how increased college grads will boost economic growth.  Moreover, there is […]

The Maine Labor Market, Say’s Law, and the Lump of Labor Fallacy Fallacy

JOHN Buell’s op-ed published in the BDN last week highlighted the effectiveness of work sharing in Germany to suppress unemployment amid slow economic growth.  Likewise, as Paul Krugman recently noted, France has also been able to buoy it’s labor market, but does not note that the country has done this through similar practices as the Germans. The reason […]