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Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

Sandra Butler, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News May 23, 2017. Earlier this month, France elected a new president, Emmanuel Macron. The French presidential campaign and its results may not have captured public attention in the US to the extent that the US presidential election both fascinated and horrified the rest of […]

Maine has strayed from school funding fairness, and it needs to find its way back

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News April 11, 2017. Ensuring all of our children have access to a quality education is essential for Maine’s future. Quality education helps ensure the development of a competitive workforce and saves money in the long run. The costs of a lack of education […]

Maine must resist the policy temptations that would undermine our public schools

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News Feb. 28, 2017. Mainers know the value of a good education and support our public schools. In return Maine students continue to perform above the national average on student achievement tests despite high rates of childhood poverty. Maine was ranked ninth in the […]

Maine towns have these options when they want to cut the costs of their waste

Travis Wagner, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News Jan 31, 2017. A major challenge facing towns and cities across Maine is reducing the costs of managing the municipal solid waste their residents and local businesses produce. While the state can shift management costs onto producers and levy landfill taxes, municipalities’ options […]

Trump’s climate denial doesn’t change the United States’ obligation to cut emissions

Michael Howard, University of Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News Dec 13, 2016. If we want to know where a President Donald Trump administration is headed on climate change policy, we should not be distracted by Trump’s “open mind” about climate change, despite his repeatedly denouncing it as a “hoax” perpetrated by China. It […]