Commissioner Heather Johnson joins us to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities facing Maine, and how she hopes to foster growth and revitalization throughout the state.. We'll talk about topics ranging from: tax relief to community block grants; re-energizing rural communities; the role of tourism in Maine; challenges in housing, wages, and strengthening the workforce; broadband, infrastructure, and more.

Many tax filers are finding unwelcome surprises when calculating their 2018 tax returns.  Two experts join us to answer listener questions about changes to the tax code and what to watch out for when filing their returns.


Maine Public

Maine Calling addresses election issues as part of Maine Public's Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Our panelists discusses the issues surrounding Ballot Question 1 – “Citizen Initiative: Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

Newell Augur, Home Care & Hospice Alliance, chair of No on Question 1

Mike Tipping, communications director, Mainers for Home Care, Yes on 1

Tax season is upon us. We’ll get answers to your tax questions as well as discuss strategies for retirement saving, credit card debt and other personal finance matters.

Tax Policy

Dec 4, 2017

We discuss the tax overhaul bill and what it could mean for Mainers and the rest of the country.

Guests:  Dick Woodbury, economist and former State Senator.

Millions of taxpayers are rushing to complete their federal and state filings before the April 18 deadline. Among them are several million people in this country illegally, and there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing than in years past.

Tax Preparation

Mar 15, 2017

Tax Day is a month away.  We get advice from tax professionals on recent changes to the tax code, legal concerns, and answers to your tax preparation questions. They'll also offer advice on financial planning for the future.

Guests:  Rebecca Carrier, tax attorney and principal with CCS Professionals, a tax and accounting firm based in Portland

Sean P. Riley, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., based in Falmouth

Because of changes in statewide property valuations and enrollments, one-hundred thirty-three school districts could see cuts in state funding next year.  For some, the cuts could be substantial.   We discuss with two legislators attempt to work out a compromise on tax conformity and school funding.

Guests:  Senate President Mike Thibodeau/R-Winterport

Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz/D-Orono . Sponsor of the amendment the House passed. He’s currently on the Education Committee and was on the Taxation Committee in the previous legislature.