Category Archives: Economy

Yes on Question 2: Seize an Extraordinary Opportunity

Off year elections, with no statewide candidates, aren’t always exciting. They don’t offer the drama of choosing new leaders. But this Tuesday, November 7, Maine has the opportunity to fix a massive public policy mistake. By voting Yes on Question 2, we can override the Governor’s repeated veto of bills to expand Medicaid, accepting available […]

Town Meeting, State Budget

Yesterday, as I have almost every year since the mid-80’s, I had the privilege of moderating the annual town meeting in the place where I live, Leeds, Maine. This exercise in pure democratic government always inspires me. There are challenging moments, when people annoy or confuse each other, but it always works out. My job […]

Budgets: Love, War, and Poverty

At least once every two years, Maine’s constitution says, the Governor will propose and the Legislature will consider, revise, and adopt a budget for the operation of the state’s government.  A similar process occurs at the federal level, with the President proposing and Congress voting into law the spending authorizations and priorities of our nation.  […]