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Senator Collins Honors Us with Angel in Adoption Recognition

Senator Collins Honors Us with Angel in Adoption Recognition

Last week, my wife Anna and I were honored to be in Washington, DC to accept an Angel in Adoption recognition from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.  From their website, CCAI explains that their Angels in Adoption™ program "provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top “Report Card” is out and it is not pretty.
The U.S. Department of Education has released the scoring data for the second round of the Race to the Top competition and why Maine ended up ranking near the very bottom of states that applied in this last round is becoming much clearer.According to the detailed score sheet the feds released, Maine ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top application doesn’t make the cut…
According to Education Week, we're out.More later... ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 11
Section E of the state’s Race to the Top application deals with “turning around the lowest-achieving schools,” and is divided into two sections. In the first section, the state must describe the statutory authority it has to “intervene directly” in the state’s “persistently lowest-achi ...
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Congratulations to our nominees

Congratulations to our nominees

The Maine Heritage Policy Center congratulates Democrat Senate President Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell and Republican Mayor Paul LePage for winning their parties’ nominations for governor.We look forward to Ms. Mitchell, Mr. LePage, and the three unenrolled candidates; Eliot Cutler, Kevin Scott a ...
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Maine’s Energy Burden

Maine’s Energy Burden

Unfortunately, there is a dearth of good comparative energy information by state.  I recently found the website of the Institute for Energy Research that not only ranks the 50 states based on their average electricity rate but also gives information on the mix of energy sources and reasons for the ...
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Top 10 Highest Paid Maine State Employees in 2009

Top 10 Highest Paid Maine State Employees in 2009

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Senate Democrat Assistant Leader given “Muzzle Award”

Senate Democrat Assistant Leader given “Muzzle Award”

Senator Lisa Marrache (D) - Waterville, was awarded a "Muzzle Award" as part of the Portland Phoenix' 12th annual "Muzzle Awards - A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England."The Senator earned this distinction by trying to ram through legislation to shut d ...
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Retired Government Worker Benefits Finally Accounted

Retired Government Worker Benefits Finally Accounted

How much do state governments and municipalities owe in promised retiree benefits?It is a good question, which is not easily answered. However, with the new Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 45, commonly known as GASB 45, state governments must now calculate and publish the cost of t ...
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Reduction of Administration Costs Should Extend Beyond Schools

Reduction of Administration Costs Should Extend Beyond Schools

The recent debate over Governor John E. Baldacci’s school consolidation plan has initiated an invaluable discussion about how to reduce school administrative costs. However, the debate must not end with school administrative costs.Policymakers must begin discussing ways to reduce municipal service ...
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