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Steve Mistler
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I ask questions, take notes, write about it.
I ask questions, take notes, write about it.

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Gas tax collections are down and that means funding for roads and bridges is also down. It's a problem Maine shares with the rest of the country, although it's partially self-inflicted here. And so far elected officials have been unable to find a solution that's economically or politically viable.

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The events are amplified by the media attention and reverberations in social media, but some political observers wonder if Maine has been yanked from its solitary orbit of practical, pragmatic and solution-based politics by the black hole of acrimony, tribalism and partisan sorting that researchers are documenting throughout the rest of the country.

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The bill is introduced amid new scrutiny of Maine's economic development programs, which lack oversight and accountability. It would retain the same tax benefits for employers while reducing minimum required benefits to workers.

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The financiers reaping the benefits of Maine's tax credit program have been pleased with the lawmakers who made it possible. In addition to campaign donations, they gave two key backers an award.

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A display of power that is feared and respected, despised and yet rarely countervailed.

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