THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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Your Freedom to Work

Because Maine is not a Right-to-Work state, your freedom to leave your union is restricted, but you still have options to leave or reduce your union membership.The first option is to become an agency fee payer, which means you only pay dues for the union’s cost of collective bargaining, c ...
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Take Action – Contact Your State Leaders Today

MHPC's Action Center is designed for you to easily reach out to the Governor and your state legislators about the issues that are important to you.Just follow the prompts and complete the fields. After you hit submit, your letter will be sent directly to the Governor and your state legislators.THANK ...
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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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More Bonds? Not with Maine’s Ballooning Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

More Bonds? Not with Maine’s Ballooning Unfunded Retiree Liabilities

Read the full report | As Mainers consider the June 8 questions to approve $108.3 million in new state bonding, they should take into account that Maine’s pension and retiree healthcare system for government employees is already unsustainable and, as of June 30, 2008, underfunded by nearly $5.1 bi ...
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Taxpayer Bill of Rights Needed Now More than Ever

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Needed Now More than Ever

Read the full report | The dramatic disparity between the growth in private versus public sector employment in Maine illustrates the need for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights provision which will be on the November ballot. Consider these facts:• Data from the Maine Department of Labor reveals that ther ...
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Testimony against LD 1353 An Act Regarding Salary Information for Public Employees
Read the full report | Tarren Bragdon's testimony against LD 1353, An Act Regarding Salary Information for Public Employees, a bill that would restrict public information available to tax payers. This censorship bill was introduced in The Maine Senate by Senator Lisa Marrache as an attempt to shut ...
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Maine’s State Workforce is Too Big and Overpaid . . . But Where?

Maine’s State Workforce is Too Big and Overpaid . . . But Where?

Read the full report | 2006 research by The Maine Heritage Policy Center, using data from the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), concluded that the Maine state workforce was too big and overpaid. In 2007, if Maine’s state workforce, as a percent of the private sect ...
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How Many Mainers does it take to Fund One State Government Job?

How Many Mainers does it take to Fund One State Government Job?

Read the full report | It takes 18 Mainers working in the private sector to fund one Maine state government job. This result is due to a combination of the low private sector compensation ($39,629 per job in 2006, 42nd highest in the country) versus high state government compensation ($48,080 per jo ...
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2006 Maine State Government “Gravy Train” Update

2006 Maine State Government “Gravy Train” Update

Read the full report | Recently, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released new 2006 employment data and revised 2004-2006 personal income data. Chart 1 shows that a significant gap still exists in Maine between public and private sector compensation. In 2006, average Maine state government comp ...
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A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

A Plan to Reform and Reduce Maine’s Taxes

Read the full report | Mainers have been hit with a barrage of tax reform proposals from the Maine Legislature, but no clear plan that will reduce the Maine tax burden. The proposals beg the question, “Where’s the beef?” Like the iconic Wendy’s slogan, which was implemented to chastise their ...
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