drug policy

health care

Maine lags country in opioid response because of failure to expand Medicaid

Across the United States, Medicaid is playing a crucial role in responding to the fight against the opioid crisis—except in Maine—where one person per day is dying from a drug-related overdose,

fair taxes

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

federal

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

Paul LePage

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

organizing

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,

drug policy

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

polling

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

drug policy

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.