Minimum Wage Advocates Disregard Evidence

As The Maine Wire has repeatedly shown here, here and here, proponents of a minimum wage increase in Maine seem more concerned with soundbites than responsible public policy. The Maine People’s Alliance’s website, for example, under the heading “Why increase Maine’s minimum wage?,” states ...
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Healthcare Price Disparity report on WGME

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A just released report from the Maine Heritage Policy Center shows considerable price variations between different hospitals in Maine for a lot common medical procedures. ...
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In the recently-released ninth edition of the Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index rankings report, Maine earned its highest all-time rank of 38. While near the bottom of the 50 states, the mark is commendable in that it is the first time Maine has escaped a ran ...
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Fuzzy Math In Push For Raising The Minimum Wage

As I watch the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour unfold, one question comes to mind: Why $12?My first thought was that the number had been arrived at through rigorous economic research. Perhaps, I told myself, they have data that shows that $12 an hour was as high as they could raise ...
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Today, the state Senate voted on a party line vote of 20-15 to pass the minority report of LD 1305.Legislative Document 1305, “An Act To Encourage Health Insurance Consumers To Comparison Shop for Health Care Procedures and Treatment,” is sponsored by Senator Rod Whittemore.If you’ve been payi ...
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LD 1492: More Is Said Than Done

Last week, Governor Paul LePage delivered a letter to the 127th Legislature vetoing LD 1492, “An Act To Establish a Protocol for Review of State Education Content Standards of the System of Learning Results.”This bill, originally supported by The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), was sponsore ...
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Obama is Making Big Changes to Medicare

Beginning today, almost 800 hospitals across the country will be impacted by the Obama Administration’s change to how Medicare pays for some of the most common health care procedures.This change will create “bundle payments” for hip and knee replacement procedures – meaning hospitals will re ...
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Another Common Core Bait and Switch

Every state in the country that has claimed to have “repealed” the Common Core Standards has in fact done no such thing. Instead, they have cynically re-arranged a few standards, moved a few commas, changed the wording here or there and then just slapped on a new name in order to sell the same s ...
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Researchers Say Welfare Programs Harm Recipients

America’s $700 billion per year welfare system is actually doing more harm than good, and is hurting the very people it is intended to help.That’s the subject of a new research-filled book on our welfare system, “The Human Cost of Welfare.” Authors Phil Harvey, the Chief Sponsor of the DKT L ...
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The Great Blueberry Bailout

What comes to mind when you think about Maine? Well, a lot of things actually, but the answer I’m looking for is blueberries.The tiny, indigo-colored berries are the state’s official fruit, a key part of the state’s official dessert, and a delicious addition to this delicious Maine-themed meal ...
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