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Tax Expenditure Task Force Recommends a $5M annual cap Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Dec
06

Your Voice will Make the Difference!

WHAT’S GOING ON:
Tax Expenditure Task Force Chairs Senator Anne Haskell and Representative Adam Goode will present an update on the work of the Tax Expenditure Task Force to the Legislative Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) on Dec 12th.  The task force was organized and charged with identifying $40MM in reductions in tax expenditures (credits, exemptions and deductions).  For any amount not identified, general revenue sharing to municipalities will be reduced.

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The Conservation of Western Maine: Culture, Land and History

Oct
18

Duluth Wing and Benedict Arnold's knifeToday I held in my hand a jack knife that was left behind at a campsite in the hills of Eustis, Maine by a member of Benedict Arnold’s troops in 1775.  It was discovered over the weekend, and will be protected with numerous other artifacts of that Expedition, by Duluth, “Dude” Wing, a man I spent a day with twenty years ago, exploring one of those historic campsites.

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The Global Sustainability of Food and Water - From Wales, ME to Wales, UK

Oct
16

Last week I participated in a round table discussion with Patrick Wrixon, a farmer and conservationist from Wales…that’s the country in the United Kingdom, not the central Maine community!
Maine Farmland Trust and the Camden Conference co-hosted the event as an introduction to the February 2014 Camden Conference, entitled The Global Politics of Food and Water.

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Join us at a screening of "Reviving Freedom Mill" this weekend!

Sep
24

This Sunday, Sept 29th, "Reviving Freedom Mill" premiers at the Camden International Film Festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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$40 Million to be eliminated from state tax credits, deductions and exemptions

Sep
24

GrowSmart Maine is monitoring the work of the Tax Expenditure Review Task Force, created in the 2014 Biennial Budget, which is directed to identify $40 million in reductions from the billions of dollars in tax expenditures granted each year by the state of Maine to businesses, non-profits and individuals.  Tax expenditures include deductions, credits and exemptions from state tax.  Though most relate to income

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Legislative Update: A Resolve to Provide for Livable, Affordable Neighborhoods

Sep
24

LD 1528 Stakeholder groupAs the most recent legislative session came to an end, State Representative Richard Campbell (R-Orrington) presented a bill with the potential to truly change the way communities plan for their future.  LD 1528 outlines a proposal to ensure that state-level resources are readily available to communities across Maine.

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Advocacy Wrap-up 2013

Aug
14

We wanted to share with you the outcome of a few of the bills that perhaps did not make it into the news as the First Regular Session of the 126th Legislature came to a close last month.

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Finding us in the new Gmail

Aug
14

Greetings All!

Just a quick note to let you know you may not be receiving our emails if you have the new Gmail tabbed layout. Apparently not only our newsletters, but individual, honest-to-goodness, it's really us, a person, emails are being sorted to "promotions" or "social".

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Project aims to cut heating costs for homeowners and boost local economy through wood pellet sales

Aug
13

Incentive enables switch from oil to wood pellet boilers for participants in Farmington and Wilton                                           

FARMINGTON – A new program is offering homeowners in Farmington and Wilton, Maine, the opportunity to save 40-50 percent on home heating costs by switching from oil heat to high efficiency wood pellet boilers. Municipalities and non-profits are also eligible to participate.

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Franklin Street Redesign: Linking Transportation, Economic Development, and Quality of Life

Jun
24

by Markos Miller, Guest Columnist

This month the City of Portland will be embarking on Phase 2 of the Franklin Street redesign study. Building on the 2009 Phase 1 report Reclaiming Franklin Street, this will advance the vision of Franklin Street as a vibrant urban corridor that serves as both an attractive gateway to the city, and connects neighborhoods, the waterfront, and I-295.

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