THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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Many of Maine’s policymakers have already fallen for the siren call of Medicaid expansion as provided for under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At first glance, expanding Maine’s Medicaid program looks like free money since Uncle Sam has promised to pick up the entire tab ...
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Government Spending and Private Activity

Government Spending and Private Activity

In December, I released a study that showed raising taxes to cover the budget shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services would cost private sector jobs--or an estimated 6,463 jobs. Of course, the so-called "Maine Center for Economic Policy" disputed the obvious crowding-out of the priv ...
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Public Sector Crowds Out the Private Sector

Public Sector Crowds Out the Private Sector

Shockingly, the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) thinks that my recent study--showing Maine would lose more than 6,400 jobs if taxes are raised to cover the $121 million DHHS shortfall (pdf)--is "flawed out of the gate." That's an interesting conclusion coming from an organization that has ...
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Maine’s Private Sector . . . 2010

Maine’s Private Sector . . . 2010

Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis released their preliminary 2010 personal income data (pdf) (which includes revisions to previous years).The chart below shows the private sector share of personal incomesince 1929 (the first year of available data) to 2010 (the ...
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Private Sector in Other States

Private Sector in Other States

In my previous blog, I showed how per capita and per household income varied between Maine and New Hampshire.  However, some folks may dismiss this as one special case where per household income makes a difference to the analysis that a larger private sector share of personal income means greater e ...
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Maine’s Private Sector Sets New Low

Maine’s Private Sector Sets New Low

Today the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis released new personal income data for the first quarter of 2010.  Unfortunately, this brings more bad news for Mainers.  As shown in Chart 1, Maine's private sector share of personal income for the first quarter of 2010 was at a n ...
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