THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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of ObamaCare, it would be a good idea for us to take a moment to remind ourselves why this legislation needs to be repealed.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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Maine’s Personal Current Transfer Receipts in 2009

Maine’s Personal Current Transfer Receipts in 2009

Between 2008 and 2009, Maine's Personal Current Transfer Receipts (PCTR), which consists of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc., grew by $1.2 billion to $11 billion from $8.8 Billion.  As shown in the first chart below, over the last ten years, PCTR has nearly doubled from $5.6 billion in 200 ...
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FixWelfare.com Shows Growth in Welfare Dependency in Every Maine Town
Families in Your Community are Trapped in DependenceMaine'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 www.FixWelfare.com to understand the ...
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Federal Spending In Maine

Federal Spending In Maine

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released their annual Consolidated Federal Funds Report which tracks federal spending by state.  The chart below shows federal spending in Maine by major type.  Total federal spending increased by $442 billion to $3.2 trillion in 2009 from $2.7 trillion in 2008, or 16. ...
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Response to Charles Lawton

Response to Charles Lawton

Charles Lawton's article in Sunday's edition of the Portland Press Herald made a number of points that I wanted to chime in on.  First, he states: Ignoring the fact that well more than 10 percent of New Hampshire'sincome is earned by commuters working outside the state, it is stillinteresting to pl ...
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ObamaCare Mandates up to 60,000 Person Maine Medicaid Expansion
Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report estimating that ObamaCare will force a 43,500 to 59,500 person Medicaid expansion in Maine.  This is on top of the current 290,779 people already on Maine Medicaid (about 22% of the population).The Kaiser report estimates that this expansion wil ...
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Record Increase in Maine’s Personal Current Transfer Receipts
In my previous blog I hinted that Maine's Personal Current Transfer Receipts (PCTR) were behind the large drop in the private sector share of personal income.  Between 2008 and 2009, PCTR increased by 12.8 percent to $11 billion from $9.8 billion.  In nominal dollars, the $1.2 billion incr ...
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Maine’s Private Sector Plunges in 2009

Maine’s Private Sector Plunges in 2009

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis released their 2009 personal income estimates. Undoubtedly, some folks will be praising Maine's rise in the state per capita income ranking from 29th in 2008 to 28th in 2009.  However, a deeper look at the data shows a much more s ...
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Republican Summary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Republican Summary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Read the full report | The Republican Summary of the heath care reform bill. ...
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Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Who’s Afraid of Questions 2 and 4?

Read the full report | Research of public records reveals that opponents of proposed vehicle excise tax cuts (Question 2) and controls on government spending (Question 4) receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year.In a recent essay in the Portland Press Herald, Mr. Jim Hanley, government ...
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