drug policy

children

On Maine’s state budget, Democrats are disappointing but Republicans are nihilists

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn and Mike discuss the hostage situation that is the legislature’s budget negotiations, a crisis manufactured by Republicans made worse by House Democratic leaders

Michael Sauschuck

As opioid deaths skyrocket, police call for Maine to expand Medicaid

An updated analysis released Tuesday by the offices of Maine’s Chief Medical Examiner and Attorney General shows that drug overdose deaths have continued to increase rapidly in Maine. Last year’s

health care

Republican health care repeal would deepen Maine’s opioid crisis

The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act advanced by House Republicans would be disastrous for Maine’s attempts to deal with the state’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis, according to national

public assistance

No justification for Gov. LePage’s latest attack on poor, ill and vulnerable Mainers

Some of the most vulnerable Mainers are about to get hit with a one-two sucker punch from DHHS director Mary Mayhew and Governor Paul LePage that, if approved, will decimate

health care

Maine health care expansion will finally go to a public vote

Assuming that at least 61,123 of more than 67,000 signatures delivered to Maine’s Secretary of State today are found valid, Maine voters will have the chance to vote on a

health care

Maine ballot drive offers new hope for Medicaid expansion

Most Mainers believe the state should accept federal funds to provide health coverage through Medicaid expansion to low income people. Unfortunately, while Maine’s Legislature has passed Medicaid expansion five times,

Maine Heritage Policy Center

GOP candidate: Don’t raise Maine’s minimum wage, workers will just spend it on heroin

Rick Snow, the business owner who declared at a press conference last Thursday that he was concerned Maine workers who benefited from a minimum wage increase would just spend their

fair wages

David Boyer of Yes on 1, minimum wage attacks and the presidential debate

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike interview David Boyer of Yes on 1: Regulate and Tax Marijuana on the campaign, the policy issues behind it and his

Koch brothers

Koch brothers attack Maine minimum wage referendum

At a press conference at the State House in Augusta yesterday, the Maine Heritage Policy Center launched their campaign against the minimum wage increase referendum, Question 4 on November’s ballot.

drug policy

Maine family’s video response to Gov. LePage’s racism goes viral

Almost 10,000 people have already viewed a video Yvette McDonnell and her family posted to Facebook responding to Maine Governor Paul LePage’s escalating series of racially-charged remarks. “We are the