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To Help Businesses Thrive, Eliminate Red Tape

Business owners from around the state have one nearly-unanimous complaint: excessive regulation is killing innovation, costing jobs, and reducing growth. Recently, as President Obama approached his final year in office, his administration announced thousands of new regulations likely to cost ...
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The Cost of Federal Regulations on Maine Businesses

According to the Small Business Administration, the annual cost of federal regulations on business in the United States exceeds $2 trillion. Every year, about 8 billion hours (or the equivalent of 4 million full-time employees) are spent complying with the tens of thousands of tax and regulatory pol ...
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At What Point Can We Admit Obamacare Has Failed?

It’s been almost six years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, and it’s become clear that it has failed to achieve any of it’s major objectives. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that the law will never do what it was intended to do. So at what point can ...
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Terminally Ill Mainers Should Have Right-to-Try

There is a humanitarian movement growing momentum right now at the state level referred to as Right-to-Try.  This movement transcends partisan lines and is about recognizing the right of terminally ill patients and their physicians to choose the best course of action regarding the quality of their ...
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Overregulated?

Want your voice to be heard in Augusta?The Maine Heritage Policy Center is currently preparing a report on harmful and unnecessary regulations that stand in the way of business growth in Maine – everything from absurd eviction rules to redundant licensing requirements to over-complicated em ...
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Once Again, Lawmakers Push for Medicaid Expansion

State lawmakers are renewing their efforts to expand Medicaid, despite Governor LePage’s continued opposition.  Two Republican senators – Roger Katz of Augusta and Tom Saviello of Wilton – have sponsored a bill to extend Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to low-income Mainers earning les ...
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Common Core Legislation Before Committee on Monday

Please contact members of the EDU Committee and urge them to support L.D. 1492!Monday, January 11, the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs will hold a hearing on the critical Common Core Repeal Bill – L.D.1492 at 01:00 p.m. in COB Room 202.  Sponsored by Representative William Tuel ...
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How the Free Market Can Make Health Care More Affordable For EveryoneOne of the primary burdens poor Mainers confront is the constant struggle to remain healthy. Unable to afford costly medical care, many people are simply left hoping that their luck holds and that medical issues, if they ari ...
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Maine’s Obamacare “Success Story” Falters

Community Health Options, a Lewiston based health insurance co-op has announced that it will suspend new individual enrollment on December 15, a month and a half before the open enrollment period officially ends.The co-op came to this decision after posting an $18 million shortfall in the third qu ...
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Maine Still Struggling to Improve Business Tax Climate

For several years Maine has ranked among the worst states to conduct business, and2016 will be no different, according to the Tax Foundation. Maine currently ranks 34thoverall, but earns even lower marks in the areas of corporate taxes (45th), unemployment insurance taxes (41st), and property taxes ...
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