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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.

Rapid Reaction: State of the State

A few quick thoughts on the Governor’s State of the State tonight: 1. The Governor has some more selling to do, and that starts tomorrow. Augusta is tepid about his plan, but he delivers it with passion. That approach won him the Blaine House for a second term and may win him substantial tax reform. […]

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 […]