The results are in: Accepting federal healthcare funds strengthens state finances, creates jobs, and grows state economies

April 30, 2015 by

“The results are in. Other states are realizing tremendous benefits from accepting federal healthcare funds. It’s not too late for Maine to join them.”

by Christy Daggett and Mark Sullivan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking advantage of a steep reduction in hospital claims for uncompensated care to save $148 million in state general revenue previously needed to provide care to the uninsured.

Governor Rick Snyder has used … Read the rest

Governor’s credit ratings claims ignore Maine’s precarious financial position

April 28, 2015 by

“The governor may tout his health care policies as good for the state . . .  But he is wrong. And Maine’s “AA” credit rating from Fitch, which is worse than it was in 2012, proves it.”

by Christy Daggett and Garrett Martin

When you apply to borrow money for a new house, a car, or some other purpose, you know that lenders will carefully weigh your credit rating before … Read the rest

What’s wrong with the governor’s tax proposal, in one chart

April 16, 2015 by

There are two fundamental problems with the governor’s tax reform plan. First, it doesn’t adequately target tax cuts to low- and moderate-income Mainers. Second, it would force cuts to education, health care, and other critical services important to Maine people and businesses.

We can see this with a simple pie chart showing information from Maine Revenue Services’ distributional analysis of the governor’s plan. His plan provides $150 million in tax … Read the rest

#BetterDeal4ME is a big winner in Maine’s major newspapers

April 14, 2015 by

261351869-A-Better-Deal-for-MaineWhen the Democratic leaders in the legislature announced their Better Deal for Maine (#BetterDeal4ME) plan on April 9, the Bangor Daily News was bullish on the proposal:

“Democratic leaders in the Legislature have put forward something more than opposition: They’ve released a tax plan of their own that moves the entire conversation about tax reform in a promising direction.”

Noting that “the tax burden in only five other states … Read the rest

Education committee fails Maine college students

April 10, 2015 by

Maine’s neediest college students will get no relief from the crushing costs of a college education. In fact, this week the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs delivered a heartbreaking blow to students with the greatest financial need, making the dream of a college degree unattainable for thousands of Mainers.

College Affordability 4-10-2015blogYesterday, the committee dismissed a bill (LD 627) that would have increased Maine’s primary needs-based … Read the rest

The true tale of a health policy maverick

April 7, 2015 by
Ohio Governor John Kasich with Governor LePage in Augusta, March 26, 2015.

Ohio Governor John Kasich with Governor LePage in Augusta, March 26, 2015.

Ohio Governor John Kasich isn’t afraid of controversy, and he’s been taking his show on the road as of late. In Maine recently, he promoted a constitutional convention to force a balanced budget amendment. But the LePage Administration isn’t promoting Governor Kasich’s other controversial, more successful stand: Kasich bucked his party and championed accepting federal health care funds … Read the rest