How did Maine towns, cities respond to state funding cuts? With reduced spending, higher taxes, more debt

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on January 3, 2104 Maine’s recent state budgets have dramatically cut money for town programs over the past several years, resulting in substantially less revenue for municipalities. While local service needs have not necessarily declined in the years following the 2007-2009 recession, munici­palities have been forced to restructure […]

From revising mining rules to going solar: Six ways the Legislature can protect Maine’s environment

Linda Beck, President, Maine Conservative Alliance executive board Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on January 21, 2014 For the last 10 years, Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition has identified a handful of bills to target during the upcoming legislative session. At times this has involved supporting environmental initiatives such as increasing investment in energy […]

Why LePage’s and Fredette’s proposed welfare reforms are bad policy

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine Yesterday, Governor Paul LePage announced that he would be submitting a welfare reform proposal for the next legislative session. In addition, he will be resubmitting two additional proposals from House Republican Ken Fredette of Newport, initially rejected by the Democrat-controlled Legislative Council. The proposals aim to crack down on […]

Redemption song: Why progress on immigration reform could restore America’s faith in Congress

Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 29, 2013 It has been an interesting several weeks in American politics. Partisan brinksmanship in Congress led to a 16-day government shutdown estimated to have cost the American economy $24 billion (up to $72 million in Maine alone). The United States faced down the threat […]