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2012 “Maine Piglet Book” details waste, fraud and abuse of tax dollars

“The book Augusta doesn’t want you to read” shows improvement in some areas, continued waste and abuse in othersThe Maine Heritage Policy Center released the 2012 Maine Piglet Book today, detailing hundreds of millions of dollars of wasteful government spending. A new version of a simil ...
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Maine State Housing Authority Payroll Data Added to MaineOpenGov.org

Data shows 30% increase in total payroll cost in just five yearsToday, MaineOpenGov.org has been updated and expanded to show five years of salary and benefits data for employees of the Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA). The data from Maine Housing was provided in response to a Freedom o ...
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Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index – Maine Ranks #30

Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index – Maine Ranks #30

The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently released a fascinating index called the "Big Labor versus Taxpayers Index."The institute uses 1,150 data points to rank the states based on whether they favor unions or the taxpayer more. Using 23 different categories, the index calculates a total score ...
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Maine Medicaid Investigation – Second Video

Maine Medicaid Investigation – Second Video

A second undercover video of interactions with a DHHS worker was released today. It followed similar patterns to the first video, with the worker at times "coaching" the "customer" on how to best apply for MaineCare even though he had access to a checking account that had his name on it and had $250 ...
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Maine Medicaid Investigation

Maine Medicaid Investigation

Below is a video you have to see to believe.A guy walks into a Biddeford, Maine Department of Health and Human Services office, and asks about getting taxpayer-funded government health care. He confesses that he runs a "pharmaceutical imports" business that is operated in international waters ...
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Maine Medicaid Investigation
An outside investigation into Maine’s Medicaid system reveals a shocking potential for fraud within Maine’s vast welfare bureaucracy, and it’s all on video.  Yet policy reforms to increase accountability and safeguard measures will help protect Maine’s welfare system from fraud, if official ...
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The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) is applauding Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to cosponsor legislation in the U.S. Senate to require all meetings and hearings held by a newly-created deficit-reduction committee be open and transparent to the public.“Creating a twelve-person ‘sup ...
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Is it Open? Is it Transparent? No, it’s Super Congress!
Superman had a lot of power, but I don't recall him ever having the opportunity to reduce the U.S. debt by $1.2 trillion. Twelve "Super" members of Congress will soon have that chance when the newly created "Super Congress" is formed.The "Super Congress" is a bi-product of the recent debt ceiling bi ...
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Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - AP photo
AP photo|The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) is urging Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to join a growing movement within the U.S. Senate to open up to the public all meetings and hearings held by the congressional deficit-reduction committee created by the Budget Control Act of 20 ...
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Why Maine Needs Public Pension Reform

Why Maine Needs Public Pension Reform

You might remember back in October 2010 when we added government retiree data to MaineOpenGov.org. It showed some pretty shocking things, like the fact that thousands of government retirees will get more than $1 million in total pension, or that 50% of retirees only work 25 years or less ...
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