THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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Free and open elections are the cornerstone of our democracy.  A free and open election is one where every vote counts, and no vote is counted as less or more than another. The people of Maine must be confident in the integrity of our electoral process, and there must be structural assurances that ...
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Report Shows Maine Voting System Inadequate to Support Election Day Registration

“Honor System” is not a reasonable way to manage 972,000 registrationsThe Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) released a report today showing that steps must be taken to protect the integrity of Maine’s voting system. The report explains that Election Day Registration (EDR) is not a viable pra ...
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Most Believe Protecting Against Fraud More Important Than Increasing Turnout.A decision by the Legislature to end the practice of same-day voter registration in Maine has the support of a majority of likely Maine voters, according to a new poll commissioned by The Maine Heritage Policy Center ...
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Four Reasons Maine Needs to Reform Unfunded Government Employee Pensions
There is no doubt – unfunded government employee pensions are bankrupting our future.  Without reform, Maine families face crumbling roads, failing schools, a broken health care safety net, and even higher taxes.Next fiscal year, without the reasonable reforms in the budget, the increase in the u ...
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Time to Repeal ObamaCare

Time to Repeal ObamaCare

As Congress nears a historic vote on the repeal of ObamaCare, it would be a good idea for us to take a moment to remind ourselves why this legislation needs to be repealed. Let's just take a quick 1-2-3 look back at MHPC's objections to ObamaCare:1) It costs too muchTarren wrote back in May 2 ...
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constiution

The Case Against ObamaCare

In March 2010, nearly half the states’ attorneys general filed suit against the federal government on behalf of their respective states to block key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “ObamaCare”).  Nineteen AGs partnered with Florida AG Bill McCo ...
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Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

On December 3rd, it was my very great pleasure to speak to the Knox County Tea Party.My topic was the "The Regulatory State: How We Got Here and How We Stop It".The 'regulatory state' is, of course, the gigantic federal and state administrative bureaucracies that churn out endless regulations contro ...
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Rep. Dill in a Clean Elections Pickle

Rep. Dill in a Clean Elections Pickle

Another election year, another great reason to end the welfare for politicians that is Maine Clean Elections.There are countless problems with the "clean" elections system - the matching funds portion is likely unconstitutional, fraud is a big problem, and waste has been rampant (see the Piglet Book ...
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Clean Elections Violates Free Speech

Judge’s Decision Upholding Free Speech Abuses Appealed to First Circuit Court

A ruling last Friday by Federal District Court Judge George Singal upholding unconstitutional provisions of the Maine Clean Elections Act has been appealed to the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals.The Maine Clean Elections Act, passed in 1995, provides taxpayer funding for Maine legislative and ...
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The Kid With the Golf Cart: Matt Rand vs. City of Portland

The Kid With the Golf Cart: Matt Rand vs. City of Portland

This morning Matt Rand faced off against City Hall - at City Hall.At a well-attended presser hosted by MHPC's Center for Constitutional Government, Matt asked the City to reconsider its recent amendment to the Transportation Code that would put him out of business.As you will recall from Sam Adolphs ...
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