Monthly Archives: May 2013

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 […]

Grading the grades

Liberal antagonists to Gov. Paul LePage and his policies have been having a field day attacking the recently announced letter grading system for Maine schools. A recent Bangor Daily News editorial labeled the system “uncompassionate” as well as “unreliable.” This was a rather fascinating claim to make, given that the entirety of the screed went […]