An oft-cited study by the Kaiser Family Foundation claims Maine would save $690 million over the next 10 years if Medicare is expanded nationwide; the fate of a bill designed to stop private sales of guns if buyers aren’t screened for prior criminal activity remains unknown; a “first-of-its-kind” work force bill gets kudos from Democrats and Republicans alike; and Democrats’ vague, conceptual alternative to LePage’s A-to-F grading system for Maine schools gets heard this week.
Congress is preparing to debate major farm and food policy bills that would likely cut funding to programs used by many low-income Mainers but could separately provide a boost to Maine's thriving local foods movement.
The LePage administration recently released a report card on Maine schools. Immediately, the critics came out of the woodwork. We found out everything that was wrong with the system used to develop this report.
The downturn we call the Great Recession officially started in 2007. After spending the last two years talking to people who lost jobs, homes or savings during the official recession, however, I'd argue that the trouble actually started decades earlier.