THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
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Now What? A Blueprint for Maine’s Path Forward.

The election is over, and we finally know that Governor Paul LePage will be in the Blaine House for the next four years, his priorities, and how he intends to lead the state. We also know who will be there to help, or block, Governor LePage’s agenda in the legislature.Matthew Gagnon, CEO of The Ma ...
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J. Scott Moody

Release: MHPC on Maine’s Falling Unemployment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 22, 2013The Maine Heritage Policy Center's CEO and Chief Economist released the following statement on Friday in regard to the latest unemployment report from the Maine Department of Labor:PORTLAND, Maine – "Maine's falling unemployment rate is more than some s ...
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Who Are Maine’s “Rich?”

Who Are Maine's "Rich?"In these dark economic times, the siren call of “tax the rich” is hurled at policymakers as the solution to Maine’s budget woes. The accusation is that the rich are just sitting on their money and having government take it from them in order to spend it will get t ...
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Maine by the Numbers: How Do We Measure Up?

Maine by the Numbers: How Do We Measure Up?

When debating policy changes for Maine at the state house or advocating for it, it is important to know where Maine stands. Our new publication the 2011-2012 Maine By The Numbers is a comparison of Maine to other states in a comprehensive list of demographic, economic, and policy measures. Maine, in ...
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Taxes

Which Tax Plan is Best for Maine?

There is finally some good news for Maine taxpayers.  The tax discussion on both sides of the political aisle in Augusta is not whether to have tax relief, but how much tax relief Mainers should have.  However, two proposed tax plans—one by the Republicans and the other by the Democrats—approa ...
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MECEP and MoveOn.org

MECEP and MoveOn.org

It’s no secret the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) is no fan of MHPC.  The liberal think tank, which often leads the charge in Maine for higher taxes and more government spending, has published research papers attacking us, issued news releases berating our research, claimed we aim to co ...
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MECEP’s Playground Politics

MECEP’s Playground Politics

Remember that kid in elementary school you just couldn’t stand?  The one who did better than you in class, had more friends or got to sit with the popular group at lunchtime?Not knowing how to handle our jealously, we might throw tantrums and call people names.  We were too juvenile to accept we ...
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Maine’s Private Sector . . . 2nd Quarter 2010

Maine’s Private Sector . . . 2nd Quarter 2010

Today the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released new personal income data for the second quarter of 2010 and revisions for the past couple of years.  As shown in Chart 1, Maine’s private sector share of personal income for the second quarter of 2010 was at a new all- ...
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Maine versus New Hampshire X

Maine versus New Hampshire X

Scott Moody - Chief EconomistSo in the past few days we've seen a quite a bit of "gnashing of the teeth" over Amity Shlaes's Bloomberg article.  A few days ago we had Kit St. John of the so-called Maine Center for Economic Policy send in a letter-to-the editor to the Portland Press Herald a few day ...
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Paid for by you, the taxpayer

Paid for by you, the taxpayer

When Congress passed the president’s health care takeover last March, many thought Americans would learn to love it.  But heading into the midterm elections, a key voting bloc remains unconvinced, and that has the Obama administration scared and reaching for the federal checkbook.A July 30 Politi ...
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