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Michael Cianchette

About Michael Cianchette

Michael Cianchette was the chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage from 2012-2013 and deputy counsel from 2011-2012. A Navy reservist, he was deployed to Afghanistan from 2013-2014 as a trainer and adviser to the Afghan National Police. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Maine program and holds a BA in economics and political science from Boston College along with a JD and an MBA from Suffolk University. He works as in-house counsel and financial manager for a number of affiliated companies in southern Maine.

Tax the rich or tax their consumption? Think tanks, tax reform and what’s fair

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Cynthia: Gov. LePage and his think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, want tax reform and welfare reform. Here’s an idea — let’s reform the way wealthy people get tax deductions for making contributions to tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations that promote policies to benefit wealthy people. Mike: Cynthia, I’ve been harping about tax reform since […]

15 More for ’15

I did not intend to publish predictions for 2015.  If you guess correctly, no one really cares.  If you are wrong, it merely provides fodder for those who disagree with you to question your intelligence. These are the joys of online discourse today. All of that said, I was discussing the electoral results with a […]

On committees, Cathys, phantom ballots — and a refreshing lack of conspiracy

Cynthia: Mike, a Republican-led committee of legislators in Augusta solved the Senate District 25 mystery this week, and a committee led by Democrats in Washington uncovered torture committed by the CIA. Is committee work back in fashion? Mike: Committee work is rarely fashionable, mostly bureaucratic, and oftentimes boring. Yet, as we saw in Augusta on […]