Archive for the ‘Me. Heritage Policy Center News’ Category


By • Feb 9th, 2012

TweetRepublicans Proposing a $5 Million Tax Increase to Sustain Out-of-Control Welfare System PORTLAND – Lance Dutson, Chief Executive Officer of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, today issued the following statement on the current supplemental budget debate in Augusta, and the proposal to stop the scheduled draw-down of the Dirigo Assessment: “For decades, the people of [...]

Report Shows Raising Taxes to Address DHHS Deficit Would Cost Maine 6,400 Jobs

By • Dec 20th, 2011

TweetPORTLAND – A report released today by The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) shows that raising taxes to fill the estimated 121 million dollar DHHS budget gap for this year would lead to the loss of more than 6,400 Maine jobs. As lawmakers work to decide how to fix the structural problems that have led [...]

Poll Shows Majority Support for Ending Same-Day Voter Registration, Requiring Photo ID

By • Sep 13th, 2011

TweetMost Believe Protecting Against Fraud More Important Than Increasing Turnout PORTLAND – A decision by the Legislature to end the practice of same-day voter registration in Maine has the support of a majority of likely Maine voters, according to a new poll commissioned by The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC). According to the poll, [...]

Time for Transparency Act

By • Sep 7th, 2011

TweetA priority piece of legislation for MHPC has been LD 1465: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Freedom of Access. This bill would strengthen Maine’s Freedom of Access Act through provisions include timelines to comply with requests for public records, the designation of public access officers in each government agency, and the ability to [...]

MHPC continues to drive welfare reform

By • Sep 7th, 2011

TweetMany of the welfare reforms MHPC called for as part of our Fix the System initiative last year were adopted in the biennial budget by large bipartisan majorities. These include drug testing for convicted drug felons and timelines for receiving certain benefits. Today, MHPC continues to drive the debate over welfare reform. Last month, MHPC [...]

Think Tank Grades DHHS Intake Employee, Process Revealed in Second Undercover Video

By • Aug 19th, 2011

TweetPORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) has extensively reviewed the latest undercover video of an intake coordinator at Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Portland office, released today by videographer James O’Keefe. The Think Tank is giving the employee mixed grades. The video can be seen here. “This latest tape gives us [...]

Shocking Video Reveals Vulnerability to Fraud within Maine's Welfare System

By • Aug 14th, 2011

TweetDHHS Worker: “If you don’t have proof of income, then you have no income” AUGUSTA – An outside investigation into Maine’s Medicaid system reveals a shocking potential for fraud within Maine’s vast welfare bureaucracy, and it’s all on video. Yet policy reforms to increase accountability and safeguard measures will help protect Maine’s welfare system from [...]

Think Tank Praises Sen. Snowe for Joining Movement for Transparent "Super Committee"

By • Aug 10th, 2011

TweetPORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) is applauding Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to cosponsor legislation in the U.S. Senate to require all meetings and hearings held by a newly-created deficit-reduction committee be open and transparent to the public. “Creating a twelve-person ‘super committee’ to do the job of 535 elected representatives is [...]

Help shine a light on the “Super Congress”

By • Aug 9th, 2011

TweetPart of the Washington compromise to increase the nation’s borrowing by $2.4 trillion includes the creation of a deficit-reduction committee tasked with identifying $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts by November. This committee will be comprised of 12 members-six U.S. Senators and 6 U.S. Representatives, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. As Center [...]

New CEO Lance Dutson starts today

By • Aug 9th, 2011

TweetAlthough today was his official start date as MHPC’s new chief executive officer, Lance Dutson has been busy since the announcement was made last week that he will replace former CEO Tarren Bragdon as leader of Maine’s premier free market think tank. Lance’s selection as new MHPC CEO was widely covered in the media. The [...]