Publication Date: May 2009
Author(s): M.V. Lee Badgett; Michael D. Steinberger; Brad Sears; Christopher Ramos
Research Area: Government; Social conditions
Keywords: Maine; gay; marriage; Budget
This analysis estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on Maine's state budget. We estimate that allowing same-sex couples to marry will result in a net gain of approximately $7.9 million each year for the State. This net impact will be the result of savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefits programs and an increase in revenue from state sales and income taxes and marriage license fees.
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