Health Insurance is Good

July 31, 2012 by

As summarized in the New York Times last week, two recent studies show that Medicaid works.

A study conducted in Oregon by researchers from MIT and Harvard showed that, compared to low-income people without health insurance, people enrolled in Medicaid are more likely to receive health care, report better physical and mental health, have lower out-of-pocket health care expenditures, carry less medical debt, and have fewer medical bills sent to … Read the rest

Out of the mouths of babes…

July 26, 2012 by

Scott Moody, executive director of the Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), had this to say yesterday in response to a Portland press event on child hunger:

When you’re running an unprecedented trillion dollar deficit, we have to start taking a step back as a country and be asking ourselves do we really need to be still doing these things.

Seriously? The MHPC wants to take food out of the mouths … Read the rest

A New Plan to Raise Taxes on 35,000 Working Maine Families With 65,000 Children

July 24, 2012 by

On Wednesday, the US Senate is expected to vote on two opposing tax proposals that would result in very different outcomes for low-income working Mainers.

One, by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) would extend generous tax cuts for the top 2% of income earners in the country while simultaneously ending tax breaks for 13 million working families with 26 million children. It would also extend the “Lincoln-Kyl” estate tax provisions enacted … Read the rest

Immigrants: Fueling Maine’s Economy

July 11, 2012 by

The nonpartisan, New-York-based Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) reports that rather than being a drag on our economy, immigrants actually help grow it and by remarkably large amounts. FPI’s findings support MECEP’s own research that Maine’s Asian and Latino populations are critical to our future global economic competitiveness.

Yet, actions by the Governor and Legislature put immigrants on an unequal footing as they try to live and do business here.

For … Read the rest