Category Archives: State

The MaineCare black hole

Here is a fact that is simply inarguable: Maine hospitals are owed $450 million. Here is another fact that is inarguable: That debt was caused by an expansion of MaineCare, which is Maine’s version of Medicaid, without accompanying state resources devoted to paying for the additional coverage. Even the most enthusiastic supporters of MaineCare expansion […]

Unleash educational experimentation

Over the past decade, there has been an interesting convergence between left and right on one issue: education. That is not to say that Republicans and Democrats do not still hold divergent views on how to fix America’s broken education system. They certainly do. Democrats continue to stress nationalized, standardized, universal solutions like the Common […]

It isn’t the gun lobby

In the wake of the failure of the self-styled “bipartisan” gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, many supporters of the bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., are coming unhinged. President Barack Obama accused the National Rifle Association (full disclosure: I am an NRA member) of “willfully lying” to […]

The 2014 gubernatorial race has begun

One of the most common complaints about U.S. presidential elections is that with every cycle the madness begins earlier. Each time, candidates announce sooner, run never-ending, perpetual campaigns, and the American people don’t get much of a break. In Maine, this trend appears to be happening for our gubernatorial elections because, almost two years ahead […]