January 8, 2011

More taxes on $41,000 salary than on $33,000

George Seel wrote (letter, Dec. 31) that in these “hard economic times,” the more jobs created in organizing the governor’s inauguration the better; more income for Mainers; more tax revenue for government. Simple.

It is legal for Paul LePage to assist his daughter in obtaining a job in his administration, as well as right for a parent to assist their child at any point in life. Seel seems angry or envious that LePage did not pick Seel’s child.

A person who earns $41,000 spends more and pays more taxes than a person who earns $33,000.

LePage does know that professionals who work in government earn 40 percent to 60 percent of what they could earn in the private sector, probably because they are trying to avoid their tax liability from increasing. A front-page article in the newspaper said LePage’s chosen appointments earn 40 percent to 60 percent more income in their current positions. LePage also noted his 70 percent decrease in pay as governor.

He could have gotten his daughter a job at Marden’s, but would have had to pay her $50,000. She might also have had a preference.

Franklin’s New Deal was government spending the way out of the Depression. In these “hard economic times” we need the moneymongers to spend our way to prosperity.

Terry L. Ross


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