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Annis focused in on jobs

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 41, October 13, 2004

By Fran Emmons
Special to the Observer

DOVER-FOXCROFT "I think I have knocked on every door," incumbent Jim Annis said, while stumping in District 26 for a 3rd term in the Maine House of Representatives.

The Milo native who returned to Maine 10 years ago feels strongly about Maine's high taxation policy and how it affects Maine business.

"We're taxing them (business) to death," Annis said. 'They (businesses) are leaving the state in droves and we've got to back off," he continued. The focus should be on the jobs a business owner provides, not how much money he makes, he said.

Working to create jobs are central to Annis, both in Augusta and in his local affiliations. As a representative, he cosponsored a law to encourage economic development in Piscataquis County. As a member of the board of directors of the Pine Crest Business Park in Dover-Foxcroft, he seen the addition of Creative Apparel, the Career Center and the Agricultural Center to the park.

Reforming business tax law is complicated, however, according to the incumbent. Many feel "business has deep pockets" and deserve the taxation. Furthermore, currently tax reform measures are subject to a simple majority vote, which, in a democratically controlled house, means control falls down party lines, he explained. A requirement for a two-thirds majority vote on tax legislation would slow down tax increases, a Republican move Annis supports.

While tax reform is vital, the Palesky proposal to limit property taxes to 10 mils is not the answer, Annis said. "Look at it this way. Schools require 11.9 mils (by themselves)/' he said. Clearly, with federal and state mandates, there's almost nothing left to cut back, and the obvious victims will be public safety services, he explained.

Social issues are also a focus for the incumbent. Supporting the Dirigo Plan, a medical insurance program directed towards small business, he also has directed constituents to medical, drug and dental program alternatives when health insurance is not available. Locally, he is the Safety Surveillance Coordinator at Mayo Regional Hospital, facilitating operations in times of emergency.

Endorsed by an impressive list of state organizations, including the Maine Education Association, Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, and Maine Forest Legacy, Annis is involved in a number of community organizations, as a deacon at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, treasurer of the Dover- Foxcroft Historical Society, and Master of Valley Grange, among others.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.