College affordability a key part of addressing Maine’s “demographic winter”

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine At college campuses across Maine and the nation, students are heading back to school. This is an electrifying time to be at a college or university, as the returning students bring excitement, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and energy. But for many students, that excitement is coupled with anxiety about costs […]

Will Maine share in health reform’s success or follow Old Confederacy?

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2015. For the last five years, never-ending Obamacare battles have been accompanied by quiet progress in implementation. Maine has been front and center in ideological warfare and quiet progress. But the state’s final health reform chapters remain to be written. When […]

Crucial college grant gets much-needed boost in Maine’s new budget

Christy Daggett, Maine Center for Economic Policy Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 23, 2105. This budget season has been contentious, but one priority seems to have secured some agreement: increasing the State of Maine Grant, a need-based grant awarded to more than 26,000 Maine two- and four-year college students. There are […]

4 reasons to doubt the ‘Ferguson effect’ and claims of a national crime wave

Michael Rocque, Bates College; Chad Posick, Georgia Southern University; and Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 10, 2015. In the late 1960s through the 1980s, political conservatives used terms like “law and order,” “silent majority,” and “states’ rights” as code words for racial control. The civil […]

The surprising link between home care for the elderly, pulling people out of poverty

Sandy Butler, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 9, 2015. In May, I attended two hearings before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee to testify on two seemingly unrelated bills: LD 1350, Resolve to Increase the Reimbursement for Direct-care Workers Serving Adults with Long-term Care Needs, and LD […]