US House Continues To Fail Americans in Need

May 30, 2012 by

On May 10th, the US House of Representatives passed the inappropriately named Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act, which would replace defense spending cuts mandated by last summer’s debt ceiling deal with cuts to programs that actually help people, including nutrition assistance for the poor and the elderly, health care for children and the disabled, and certain employment and training programs.

This vote demonstrates that the House, while committed to … Read the rest

Half of Fiscal Responsibility is About Revenues

May 21, 2012 by

Maine’s 125th Legislature and the LePage administration have talked a lot about fiscal responsibility, but have their actions supported their rhetoric? House Speaker Robert Nutting called the Fiscal Year 2013 budget “an enormous step toward the goal of getting Maine’s fiscal house in order.” Governor LePage’s premature victory lap has a twelve-bullet section entitled “Putting Maine Back on a Track to Financial Stability.”

Fiscal responsibility is as much about … Read the rest

Faulty Jobs Numbers Fuel Governor LePage’s Premature Victory Lap

May 18, 2012 by

Today Governor LePage’s office released a report called Making Maine Prosperous, subtitled “The First 500 Days of Governor Paul LePage”. In that report, the unidentified authors from the Governor’s Office cite the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in claiming that “from January 2011 to March 2012, Maine’s private sector grew by 4,100 jobs.”

Interestingly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs numbers for the state today (the April … Read the rest

US House Votes to Eliminate Major Source of Economic and Demographic Data

May 18, 2012 by

The American Community Survey is the only source of objective, consistent, and comprehensive information about the nation’s social, economic, and demographic characteristics down to the neighborhood level. It is integral to the foundation of our modern information-based economy. Business and industry use it to learn about labor markets and customers so they can decide where to expand, where to hire, and where to advertise. Local governments use it to assess … Read the rest

What’s the real story with health insurance rates in Maine?

May 16, 2012 by

Today’s Maine Wire story on the impact of last year’s health insurance law passed by the Maine legislature paints a too-good-to-be-true picture about declining health insurance rates in Maine. That’s because it is.

Citing a 60% drop in individual health insurance rates, the Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) declares victory on this law. The problem is that they’re not telling the whole story. They’ve cherry-picked data for one carrier, for … Read the rest

Maine Beats New Hampshire in Head-to-Head Battle for Taxpayers and Their Income

May 9, 2012 by

Over the last few weeks, as part of a larger quest to deliver control of public goods and resources to private interests, Governor LePage and his allies have been calling for the elimination of Maine’s individual income tax. The argument is that Mainers are fleeing the state because of our income tax. If that were true, then we would expect Mainers to move to New Hampshire where the weather, demographics, … Read the rest