FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 27, 2014PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine’s preeminent free-market think tank, issued the following statement today regarding independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s welfare reform plans:“Mr. Cutler’s welfare reform plans reflect ...
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Welfare reform can happen, but policymakers in Augusta need to hear from you

Earlier this year, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a several-month long investigation into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. Our investigation found Maine EBT cards being used in all 50 states – yes, Hawaii and Alaska! – Puerto Rico and the U.S. V ...
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Take Action: Oppose Medicaid Expansion in Maine

Many of Maine’s policymakers have fallen for the siren call of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.Fortunately, Maine has held the line on Medicaid expansion so far. However, the 2015 legislative session is just around the corner.Sadly, Maine has turned into a welfare state; it is time to reverse the ...
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Advisory: Reforms, Improvements and Concerns About Maine’s Medicaid Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 19, 2013PORTLAND, Maine – Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner, Mary Mayhew, will join The Maine Heritage Policy Center to discuss the challenges of preserving Medicaid for the truly needy, in spite of the state’s growing spending on social services. ...
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The Free ME Initiative

Free ME is a bold initiative that will free Maine. It is a realistic strategy for spurring economic development statewide.Maine has the opportunity to become America’s premier destination for economic freedom and growth. Overall, Free ME is not a new concept. Free ME simp ...
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Why Maine should NOT expand Medicaid under Obamacare

One of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, is to reduce the number of uninsured residents.  One key provision aimed at that objective is the expansion of Medicaid.  The Supreme Court, however, dealt a serious blow to the Obamacare’s Medicaid exp ...
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PPH – “Welfare: Well-meaning, well-funded, well-done?”

Today, the Portland Press Herald published part 1 of a 3 part series on the state of Welfare in Maine. They cite our report "Fix the System: Freeing Maine Families from Welfare Dependency" several times, as well as provide additional insight from our ceo Tarren Bragdon, and Steven Bowen, the lead au ...
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Fix the System - Maine Welfare Shows Growth in Welfare Dependency in Every Maine Town

Families in Your Community are Trapped in Dependence. Maine's welfare system undermines hard work and traps parents and children in poverty.We must fix the system to free families from dependency through accountability and hard work.Click no further than to understand the extent o ...
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Steps to Fix Maine’s Welfare System

Steps to Fix Maine’s Welfare System

As Tarren has made clear, Maine faces an unsustainable explosion in welfare dependence.In our research, we have identified a handful of state policies that we feel have been instrumental in expanding the welfare rolls.Maine has some of the most liberal eligibility limits in the country, allowing peo ...
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Fix The System – Freeing Maine Families From Welfare Dependency
            The legacy of Governor John Baldacci is this:a massive expansion of the number of people trapped in Maine’s welfare systema massive explosion in public welfare spending in Maineno change in Maine's poverty rateMaine’s welfare system undermines hard work and traps parents and ch ...
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