A Bad Deal for Maine

On Monday, Gov. LePage is expected to veto the legislature’s $6.7 biennial state budget, and force lawmakers to either over-ride his veto or head back to the budget negotiating table.And while significant attention will be given (by Democrats and members of the media) to the fact that LePage’s v ...
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According to the Office of Fiscal and Program Review, the budget deal backed by Senate Republicans and House Democrats would raise state spending by an astonishing $294 million over the next biennium.A supposed “compromise” between Senate Republicans and House Democrats, the budget plan c ...
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RELEASE: Six conservative groups demand a better budget deal

AUGUSTA - Leaders of six major fiscally conservative groups joined together today to urge the Maine Senate to stand firm against any budget agreement that does not include income tax cuts and welfare reform. The five leaders include:Matthew Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer, Maine Heritage Poli ...
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Cutting Taxes has helped, not hurt, Kansas

Facts can be dangerous to an argument.Perhaps that’s why opponents of income tax reform routinely choose to omit crucial facts and key information when making their case that lowering taxes hurts our economy.For example, liberal-blogger Amy Fried chose to cherry-pick her facts when she recently at ...
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A Real Plan for Education Reform

Maine’s education system has lost its forward momentum.It has become stagnant in its pursuit to better educate and prepare our students for all the challenges they may face in the future.Even with the adoption of numerous expensive and “du jour” style education reforms, Maine schools are not p ...
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Here in Maine we began the process in earnest toward Proficiency Based Education with passing LD1422 in 2012. Prior to the law, it was introduced on a large scale with the pilot program, Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC). RISC was initiated in Alaska and implemented in California and Colorado.  ...
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The Most Ridiculous Health Care Law: Certificate of Need

Maine legislators looking to support substantive health care reform need not look further than LD 734 which would repeal the most ludicrous law on health care – the Certificate of Need (CON) law.A prime example of cronyism and free market obstruction, Maine’s CON law essentially allows hospitals ...
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A Common-Sense Health Care Solution

In nearly every business transaction, customers are fully aware of the costs they will incur before they purchase a specific good or service – but that isn’t necessarily true in the health care industry.Patients are rarely, if ever warned of the costs of medical procedures, nor are they given es ...
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Deregulation of Hotels: A Smart Move for All

Last Monday, a senior adviser to Governor Paul R. LePage revealed that the governor may submit a bill next legislative session that would eliminate all government regulations and licensing requirements on lodging establishments.Given the current trend of government increasing regulations at an expon ...
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Right-to-Work: The Freedom Maine Deserves

This year, lawmakers in Augusta will once-again consider right-to-work legislation in the form of LD 489, a bill which would prohibit any person from being forced to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of their employment.As has been the case in previous years, the state-wide economic impa ...
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