Tax Code Shaken, Economic Outlook Not Stirred

A common argument put forth by proponents of tax-and-spend schemes is that pro-growth tax reforms are a guaranteed way for a state to destroy its bond rating. Following a recently updated assessment of Maine’s economy by prominent credit ratings firms, the state’s current path of pro-growth tax ...
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New England, on the whole, is an economically-depressed region. Between 2004 and 2014, the average cumulative growth of a New England state’s gross domestic product was less than 29 percent. During that same time, no New England state enjoyed growth levels among the top half of the United States, ...
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Top 10 Things Keeping Mainers Poor

Yesterday, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a new report, “Top 10 Things Keeping Mainers Poor.”Poverty is an issue that has touched everyone’s life in some way, regardless of zip code, age or class. It’s an issue that, traditionally, only the left talks about. However, we can’t af ...
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New Overtime Rules Do More Harm Than Good

"Without question, these new regulations will hurt Maine workers more than help."In 2014, President Obama issued an executive order to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to “modernize and streamline” the current overtime regulations. While this issue has been percolating for some time, most peop ...
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For many families with young children, especially single-parent households, child care is critical to being able work and earn a living. In 2015, an estimated 53,000 young children in Maine needed child care services outside the home. The availability of affordable child care often influences the d ...
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Community Health Options (CHO), a Lewiston-based insurance provider, has asked the Maine Bureau of Insurance for a whopping 44.9% rate increase on their catastrophic level plan.CHO is one of 23 nonprofit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (co-ops) created under the Affordable Care Act, over half ...
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Subsidies and Cost Shifting Won’t Power Maine’s Economy

Anyone remotely familiar with Maine’s economy knows it’s at a crossroads. Between 2004 and 2014, its cumulative economic growth ranks 49 out of the 50 states, a mere 21.8 percent. Non-farm payroll employment has shrunk 1.2 percent over the same period, placing Maine’s employment growth at 48 i ...
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Your barber has to get government permission to cut hair, or risk jail time.In Maine, barbers must be at least 17 years old, have completed 10th grade or its equivalent, have finished a 1,500-hour course of instruction or a 2,500-hour apprenticeship, passed an approved examination and ...
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When thinking about ethanol, I am reminded of a song my children listened to in the 90's sang by Kermit the Frog, "It ain't easy being green." Selling corn ethanol as a fuel additive makes being green impossible, never mind not easy. The only thing "green" about the ethanol Renewable Fuel Standard ( ...
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Zoning Regulations Are Driving Up Portland Rents

Renting in Portland remains unaffordable for many of its residents. Instead of saving up money for new clothes, a new car, or a much deserved vacation, many Portlanders are trapped in situations where rent takes up the lion’s share of their paycheck, leaving them little to nothing in their pocket ...
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