In the Oct. 7 issue there appeared a news item on the nearly $10 million of out-of-state money flooding Maine in support of current referendum articles. This money influx supporting candidates and issues is a common occurrence. Sources of this money are credited to out-of-state interest groups. Where the interest groups get the money is not disclosed.

It should not be, but if this practice is allowed to flourish, it should be taxed. Direct and indirect out-of-state money should have a minimum 30 percent surcharge, tariff, tax, fee, by whatever term. “Indirect” here would apply to money given to an in Maine entity and passed through. Money raised in Maine, by Maine occupants, would be exempt.

Charles Jones


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