The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

Colin Moore, University of Hawaii Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014 Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from the problems that plagued other […]

Debate over General Assistance eligibility politically motivated and counterproductive

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine  On Monday, Governor Paul LePage sent a memo to every Maine municipality announcing that if they were to provide General Assistance funds without checking immigration status, they would cease to receive Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funding for any General Assistance funds. If LePage follows through […]