This November, Maine voters will be faced with an age-old question — how much freedom are you willing to sacrifice in the name of “safety”?Billionaire and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used Maine’s Citizen’s Initiative Process to almost single-handedly fund a campaign to mak ...
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Two hundred and forty years ago this summer, in the Declaration of Independence, the framers of America’s Constitution said, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident that all Men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Lif ...
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Pro-Minimum Wage Study Filled with Flaws

Recently, advocates of increasing Maine’s minimum wage published a study highlighting the alleged benefits of raising Maine’s minimum wage to $12 per hour.However, this study is riddled with inaccuracies and outright distortions. It makes several ridiculous arguments which have little to no basi ...
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Are Millennials the Answer to Maine’s Declining Labor Force?

Lazy, living at home and selfish—millennials frequently get a bad reputation. The first digital natives, viewed as overly social and with different life priorities, are the future of the U.S. and a flourishing and competitive economy. Across the country, the pending reality of an aging population ...
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A Family Lineage

*The following essay won the 2016 Milton Friedman Essay ContestJoshua Durgin, Matthew GagnonParental choice in education should be the norm, not the exception. The idea that government and society should decide how individual students are educated is backwards from the founding principles of this ...
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*The following essay placed second in the 2016 Milton Friedman Essay ContestLilly F., Matthew Gagnon“Few institutions in our society are in a more unsatisfactory state than schools. Few generate more discontent or can do more to undermine liberty.”  -Milton FriedmanIn 1635, the first public s ...
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*The following essay placed third in the 2016 Milton Friedman Essay ContestAs the quality and value of education in public schools continues to decline across our nation, a growing number of parents are becoming dubiously acquainted with the helpless feeling that comes from being unable to provide m ...
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(PORTLAND) — Today, The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) joined more than 100 organizations across the United States and around the world by holding an event honoring the life and work of Dr. Milton Friedman, a Nobel Laureate who was widely recognized as one of the most influential economists o ...
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In the last few months, The Maine Wire has drawn attention to the dangers of Question 4, a proposal on the ballot this November to raise the minimum wage over the next three years (and beyond). You can read those articles here, here, here and here.Up to now, critics have mostly focused on the propos ...
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Checking the Facts of Minimum Wage Hikes

Maine’s third-largest industry is tourism. At a size of approximately $2.2 billion and more than 85,000 jobs tied to the hotel and restaurant-heavy sector, Maine’s economy would be heavily impacted by an increase to the minimum wage.The case for minimum wage has been made ad nauseum: people are ...
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