THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
RGGI
Executive SummaryThe Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a carbon dioxide cap and trade agreement between nine states in the Northeastern United States. RGGI Inc. is the entity responsible for managing the goals of the law. RGGI determines a limit on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2 ...
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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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Obamacare Update: Employers Gain Ground

Employers experienced an important victory this week in the fight against Obamacare. The Obama administration announced that the employer requirement to offer health insurance that meets new federal standards or face stiff penalties has been delayed from January 2014 to 2015 along with a number of r ...
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MaineMedical
Opponents of Maine’s new health care reform law (PL90) erroneously describe the law as “a gift to the insurance companies.”  In reality that gift has come in the form of more stable markets spurring investment and opportunities for insurers to compete for market share.  Therefore, the real w ...
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Freeport
The last of three cases studies on how Obamacare will affect real Maine businesses shows that the staggering increase in health insurance costs could actually force a retail operation into bankruptcy.(Download the case study here.)Depending on how many employees become eligible for Obamacare, the c ...
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Obamacare.Side Effects

Case Study #2: Maine blueberry farm would pay $184,000 more a year under Obamacare

Paying Obamacare penalties would be less expensive than providing health insuranceA case study from a blueberry farming operation in Maine shows that providing health insurance benefits under Obamacare would result in a staggering annual increase of more than $184,000. (Download PDF of full ...
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The Economic Impact of Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

The state of Maine is a pioneer in passing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation. First implemented in 1999, the law required that 30 percent of total retail electric sales in the state come from renewable sources. The law itself did not actually alter the state’s mix of fuel sources used ...
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Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

On December 3rd, it was my very great pleasure to speak to the Knox County Tea Party.My topic was the "The Regulatory State: How We Got Here and How We Stop It".The 'regulatory state' is, of course, the gigantic federal and state administrative bureaucracies that churn out endless regulations contro ...
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Welcome to the Administrative State

Welcome to the Administrative State

Hidden beneath the uproar of electoral politics, oil spills and the like is a mini-uproar over the EPA's new lead paint rules, which will probably double the cost of every renovation job on any older building other than your own residence.First promulgated by the EPA in 2008, the regulations took ef ...
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The Senate Bill HR 3590 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Senate Bill HR 3590 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Read the bill | The United States Senate's version of the health care reform bill. Longer than the House's bill, it is filled with more taxes, more regulation and more controls. ...
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