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 […]

Trump suddenly has an ‘open mind’ on climate change. We hope he means it.

Harold Borns Jr. and Sharon Tisher, University of Maine, originally published in the Bangor Dailey News Dec 6, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump has denounced “ climate change (global warming) bulls—-,” promised to dismantle the U.S. Climate Action Plan and Clean Power Plan and “ cancel” the Paris climate agreement. Now he claims an “ open […]