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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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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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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Think Tank Threatens Lawsuit Unless Portland City Council Reverses Decision

Today, Tarren Bragdon, chief executive officer of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, David Crocker, director of their Center for Constitutional Government, and Matthew Rand, a 19-year-old summer resident of Peaks Island, asked the Portland City Council to reconsider a recently enacted amendment to th ...
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Complaint Against The Maine Municipal Association

Complaint Against The Maine Municipal Association

Read the full text | The complaint filed in the Kennebec County Superior Court against the Maine Municipal Association in regard to their use of public money for electioneering. As an instrumentality of government, their contribution to and participation in political activities are illegal governmen ...
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Tax Reform Bill is Too Flawed to Become Law

Tax Reform Bill is Too Flawed to Become Law

Read the full report | The June 8th referendum on LD 1495—Maine’s recent tax reform bill—will allow Mainers the opportunity to decide on the merits of the tax reform bill.  Unfortunately, like many pieces of legislation today at both the federal and state level, the tax reform bill is a very ...
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The “Welcome Back Tax” Created by an Unconstitutional Tax Reform Law

The “Welcome Back Tax” Created by an Unconstitutional Tax Reform Law

Read the full report | A key objective of the LD 1495 tax reforms was to “export” more Maine taxes to non-residents and visiting tourists. The law expands sales taxes, reduces state income tax rates, and replaces income tax deductions and exemptions with a new “household tax credit” - which ...
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