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Posted May 20. 2018 4:38PM

Family Prosperity Index comparing Maine and NH concludes more government produces poverty

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Between 1929 and 1950, Maine and New Hampshire had similar per household incomes, and the private sector was roughly the same percentage of each state’s total income (Chart 3). In 1951, though, Maine enacted a sales tax, which increased public sector spending and crowded out the private sector. After that point, New Hampshire’s per household income began to steadily pull away from Maine’s.