THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
wages

Dealing with low wages in Maine

There is no denying that the low wages earned by Maine people are a major concern for state policy makers.Maine workers earn an average of just $26,464 per year, and over 35% of our population is classified as “low income.” Maine is even ranked a dismal 32nd in the country for median household i ...
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workers

Your Freedom to Work

Because Maine is not a Right-to-Work state, your freedom to leave your union is restricted, but you still have options to leave or reduce your union membership.The first option is to become an agency fee payer, which means you only pay dues for the union’s cost of collective bargaining, c ...
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Nexus

Blended Learning: Nexus Academy of Indianapolis (Case Study 3)

In the Midwestern United States, one charter school’s approach to blended learning was ambitious right from the start. The first five Nexus Academy schools - three in Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo) and two in Michigan (Lansing and Grand Rapids) all launched on the same day: September 4, 20 ...
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RockyMountainPrep

Blended Learning: Rocky Mountain Prep (Case Study 2)

In southeast Denver, Colorado, one young public charter school is using blended learning to serve at-risk elementary school children – and it is generating some impressive results.Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP) is spearheaded by founder and CEO James Cryan, a 2007 graduate of Colby College in Watervill ...
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carpediem
Technology has become a vital part of American life. Combined with the Internet, innovative new technologies bring the information of the world into the palm of our hands. Kids of all ages use iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Email, Wikipedia and myriad other Web-based platforms every single day. Now imagi ...
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charity

Repeal Maine’s Tax Cap On Charitable Giving

During late night budget negotiations last year, the legislature instituted a cap on all itemized deductions including the charitable giving deduction. Since there were no corresponding reductions in the personal income tax rate, this cap resulted in a stealth tax increase that hurts both taxpayers ...
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House

Welfare reform can happen, but policymakers in Augusta need to hear from you

Earlier this year, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a several-month long investigation into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. Our investigation found Maine EBT cards being used in all 50 states – yes, Hawaii and Alaska! – Puerto Rico and the U.S. V ...
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medicaid

Take Action: Oppose Medicaid Expansion in Maine

Many of Maine’s policymakers have fallen for the siren call of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.Fortunately, Maine has held the line on Medicaid expansion so far. However, the 2015 legislative session is just around the corner.Sadly, Maine has turned into a welfare state; it is time to reverse the ...
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RGGI
Executive SummaryThe Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a carbon dioxide cap and trade agreement between nine states in the Northeastern United States. RGGI Inc. is the entity responsible for managing the goals of the law. RGGI determines ...
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medicaid

Expanding Medicaid will Hurt Maine’s Families with Lower Incomes and Fewer Jobs

Many of Maine’s policymakers have already fallen for the siren call of Medicaid expansion as provided for under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At first glance, expanding Maine’s Medicaid program looks like free money since Uncle Sam has promised to pick up the entire tab ...
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