THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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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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Maine Medicaid Investigation

Shocking Video Reveals Vulnerability to Fraud within Maine’s Welfare System

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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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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Maine Budget Savings

Right-sizing Maine’s State Government Workforce

The basis of comparison in this study is the examination of the number of Maine’s state government jobs relative to the number of jobs in the private sector as compared to the national average. Since the national average represents an amalgam of 50 states, one can reasonably assume that being abov ...
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RELEASE: MaineOpenGov.org Updates Show Explosive Growth in Maine Turnpike Authority Payroll
The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) held a press conference in Augusta today to update its MaineOpenGov.org online transparency Web site with payroll data from the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) from 1998 through 2010, and to share findings from its own analysis of the new data.An analysis of th ...
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Fastest Growing Maine Government Programs

The Fastest-Growing General Fund Programs in Maine Government

Read the full report (PDF) | Two years ago, the Maine Heritage Policy Center identified the 40 fastest-growing state programs funded by the state’s General Fund. That January 2009 report was developed in response to attempts by legislative budget writers to balance the state budget by making acro ...
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Maine Retiree Pensions
MaineOpenGov.Org Updates Detail Maine’s $15.4 Billion Current Retiree Pension BurdenThe Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) held a press conference in Brewer today to unveil new updates to its transparency Web site MaineOpenGov.org.Now featuring retirement pension data for the 25,727 current Maine ...
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Maine Turnpike Authority – Payroll and Spending information

Maine Turnpike Authority – Payroll and Spending information

The Center for Open Government launched new information from the Maine Turnpike Authority today, including salary information for all of their employees and each check they wrote to vendors.Also updated was the State Vendor Information for 2009. You can see interesting facts in the slideshow that ha ...
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