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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in favor of LD 1664, “An Act to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits”

Jan
22

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LD 1664,
“An Act to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits”
January 22, 2014

Senator Haskell, Representative Goode and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation.  My name is Nancy Smith.  I live in Monmouth and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit organization working at the intersection of Maine’s economy, environment and communities.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in favor of LD 1661, “An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit”

Jan
22

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LD 1661,
“An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit”
January 22, 2014

Senator Haskell, Representative Goode and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation.  My name is Nancy Smith.  I live in Monmouth and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit organization working at the intersection of Maine’s economy, environment and communities.

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STAKEHOLDER REPORT ON LD 1528, RESOLVE, TO PROVIDE FOR LIVEABLE, AFFORDABLE NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Jan
15

January 15, 2014

STAKEHOLDER REPORT ON
LD 1528, RESOLVE, TO PROVIDE FOR LIVEABLE, AFFORDABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

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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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