Maine’s private schools, like most other enterprises, are feeling the vise of recession.
Over the past decade, Maine’s shrinking student demographics have disproportionately drained private school enrollments which are now 34% off their peak. Over the same period, public school enrollments have declined by 26%.
Religious schools, in particular, are now turning to the government for relief.
“Adequately financing these schools has always been a challenge,” Marc Mutty, lobbyist for the Catholic Diocese of Portland, told the Legislature’s Taxation Committee on April 6. “They need financial assistance if they are to survive.”
Recently remembered for warning against the consequences to schools from government sanctioning of gay marriage, Mutty and other religious school advocates hope to stem the decline in private enrollments by persuading the Legislature to appropriate ten million dollars in new public subsidy via tax credits to those who support private schools through tuition.
Two vehicles are proposed for this transfer of tax dollars: Read more »
The anti-equal marriage campaign often tries to portray themselves as the victims, but this attempt is particularly funny:
Working out of an unmarked office in a small business plaza in Yarmouth, Mark Mutty, Executive Chairman of the Stand for Marriage coalition, says the gorup had trouble finding a place to put their headquarters.
"Many people wouldn't rent to us because of the position we're taking on this issue," he says.
Susan Sharon: "They turned you down? Said we won't take your money?"
Marc Mutty: "That's correct, said we don't want anything to do with people who are on the other side of this issue and, you know, we're considered bigots."
Michael Heath, Portland Press Herald, January 8, 1998:
"If a Maine businessman or landlord wants to discriminate against a person because of their sexual orientation, they should be able to do so.[...] 'To be discriminating.' Does that not have a positive connotation? It used to have. I think it still does."