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Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for tre
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 2010

Get smart

There are lots of theories about what's wrong with Maine's economy.
Budget problems? It's the stupidity, stupid.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 12, 2010

Alternatives abound

The 2009 tax increases around the country.
Other states have found options
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Law review

We know — tax-law changes are boring and probably don't affect you. Until they get confusing and apply directly to how you eke out a living here in Maine.
Musicians hit by new tax
By JEFF INGLIS + PORTLAND MUSIC FOUNDATION  |  August 21, 2009

My aim is true

I believe in having clear and achievable goals.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  June 26, 2009


Recession lesson

Cigarette tax hikes in Rhode Island have smokers kicking the habit.
Drinkin 'n' thinkin'
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 22, 2009
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You Snus you lose

Unbowed by last month's $1 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, the tobacco industry is pushing new unhealthy products to gain more Rhode Island customers.
Rhymes with noose
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 15, 2009
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Tax time?

State House of Representatives leaders have served the Commonwealth well with their austere new budget: they have shown us the tremendous sacrifices we will need to make, and the drastic cuts that will be put into effect, if we don't raise new revenues.
New taxes may be needed. Plus, why Massachusetts can take pride in the Serve America Act.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 24, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008
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Tax break heaven

As the economy sours, state taxes are bringing in less than expected.
The rich get richer, the middle class picks up the tab, and the state goes broke. Here’s why.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008


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This woman killed tax reform

“She pulled the plug,” says Taxation Committee chairman Joseph Perry.
In the lobby
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 11, 2007

Warning label

Does your state suffer from a plague of politicians complaining about high taxes?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 04, 2007

Put on your rosy red glasses

Governor John Baldacci has plans for his second term that will transform the lives of every Mainer. Which will probably annoy those Mainers who don’t want their lives transformed.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 21, 2006

The truth behind the MBTA fare hike


How the state is screwing T riders
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 01, 2006

The restoration of chaos and order

The inmates have taken over the asylum. Go, inmates.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 24, 2006