Investments a better way to economic development than tax cuts

Victoria Mayer, Colby College Originally Published in the Bangor Daily News on March 15, 2014. Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to cut personal and corporate income taxes and eliminate estate taxes as a way to attract corporate investors and stimulate economic development is a short-sighted gamble that would deprive government of the revenues and administrative capacities […]

Don’t misuse standardized tests — lest they become meaningless

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 17, 2015. Standardized student achievement tests could help us identify and reward good teachers and get rid of bad teachers, right? This is what the U.S. Department of Education is purporting for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education […]

Bruce Poliquin has a chance to make his mark, emulate Maine’s environmental heroes

Sharon Tisher, University of Maine, and Peter Mills, Maine Turnpike Authority Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 23, 2014. One year ago, we proposed on these pages that Maine’s congressional delegation take bipartisan action on climate change. This would continue Maine’s long history as a leader in shaping environmental policy. Under the […]