There are numerous anecdotal reasons that conservatives oppose raising the minimum wage. Doing so increases labor costs for companies, which has a plethora of negative impacts on workers and employers. New hires can be postponed, hours scaled back and workers let go of, all due in large part to the ...
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As Maine’s successful reforms to its health insurance market in 2011 continue to fuel the national conversation about ObamaCare repeal and replacement, progressives are desperate to paint those reforms as dismal failures. In a blog post last Friday, Mike Tipping characterized PL 90–the landmark ...
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After years of rapid growth in premiums and deductibles, unstable insurance markets, and skyrocketing costs caused by the Affordable Care Act’s burdensome mandates, lawmakers should be advocating for true free-market reforms to federal healthcare policy--reforms that encourage competition, give pa ...
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They’re at it again. Having repeatedly failed to achieve Medicaid expansion through the legislative process, liberals in Maine have succeeded in putting it on the ballot this November. Despite the new tactics, much has stayed the same in the Medicaid expansion debate, including the overwhelming ev ...
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Good news for Gov. Paul LePage appeared on the recently-released pages of Maine’s Structural Gap Report. Since LePage took office, the state general fund’s structural deficit will shrink $1 billion by 2019, and projections show that Maine is on pace to enjoy a $55 million surplus in 2017. In the ...
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New Analysis: Questions 2 & 4 Would Move Maine’s Economy Backwards

Economic competitiveness ranking would fall from 38th to 46th under Questions 2 & 4Between 2011 and 2016, economic reforms impressively propelled Maine from 48th to where it now ranks at 38th in economic outlook in the 2016 edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competit ...
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The 7 Fatal Flaws of Question 2

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In the world of public pension funding and governance, good news is hard to come by. Maine’s levels of unfunded pension liabilities are no exception.However, according to a report recently released by State Budget Solutions, a project of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Maine suffers wha ...
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If you’re from the town of Sebago, Lincolnville, Greenwood, Bremen, Newry, Machiasport, or Jonesport, Question 2 should worry you immensely. You see, while many people are talking about the 130 Maine communities that won’t receive an additional cent under this tax increase for education, seven o ...
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MHPC Releases Question 2 Report

AUGUSTA- This week, The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) released a new report, The Wrong Choice for ME: How Question 2 would exacerbate inequality in K-12 education and cost thousands of jobs at a press conference in Augusta.Question 2 on this November’s ballot proposes a 42 percent t ...
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