December 5, Portland

What’s good and bad about taxes?

Why do we hate taxes?

Why do we love taxes?

Wait. Does anybody love taxes?

Let’s find out!

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Portland Public Library

5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine

At this Make Shift Coffee House we are going to share views about taxes: property taxes, corporate taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, and tax breaks. We will talk not only about the collection of taxes, but what they pay for: national defense, health and human services, education, public safety, roads, environmental protection, etc. And let’s not forget politicians’ salaries.

How do you feel about taxes? Come tell us. How do your neighbors feel about taxes? Come find out. We will ask each other questions about where our views on taxes come from, how our views were formed, and how our views are driven by our underlying world views and values.

Live music and free food too!

Format

6:00 pm – We will begin with informal conversations in pairs and small groups with live music in the background. There will be free coffee, tea, and snacks.

6:30 pm – Craig will gather everyone together, say a few words, and facilitate sharing and listening among the full group.

7:30 pm – More conversations in pairs and small groups with live music in the background. And of course, plenty of free coffee, tea, and snacks.

8:00 pm – A second round of full group comments and listening.

8:30 pm – End

 

Click here to learn about the Make Shift Coffee House culture and why understanding each other is so useful.

 

This Make Shift Coffee House will be moderated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions. A professional meeting facilitator, Craig will manage a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each others’ perspectives.

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