Jamie Brennan

Date of Award

Fall 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Public Policy and Management


Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Josie LaPlante, Ph.D.


Maine Revenue, State Budgets, Per Capita Income, Muskie School of Public Service


The State of Maine faces a troubling financial situation. Per capita personal income levels have lagged behind the national average for years.1 It is no secret that Maine residents have been over burdened by the state’s revenue system for some time. Taxes regularly claim a larger portion of individual income than in other states around the nation. Since 1993, tax burden in Maine has ranked among the top ten in the nation in every year but one.2 Despite the heavy burden of the revenue system on Maine residents, the state faces regular budget shortfalls.