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Exit RGGI: The Potential Economic Impact of a Maine Withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

By The Maine Heritage Policy Center and The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University Click here to download the study. Executive Summary The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a carbon dioxide cap and trade agreement between nine states in […]

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Illuminating Maine’s Energy Crisis: Shedding Light on Maine’s Failed Cap-and-Trade Scheme

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”) is a carbon dioxide cap and trade agreement between nine states in the Northeastern United States

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Government Intrusion vs. Free Market Innovation: Understanding Maine’s Certificate of Need Law

Health care spending in the United States far exceeds that of other countries, currently representing about 18 percent of the gross domestic product. If health care

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Obamacare Update: Employers Gain Ground

Employers experienced an important victory this week in the fight against Obamacare. The Obama administration announced that the employer requirement to offer health insurance that meets

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Crisis to Cure: Maine’s Health Care Reform Law is Helping Business

Opponents of Maine’s new health care reform law (PL90) erroneously describe the law as “a gift to the insurance companies.”[1]  In reality that gift

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Case Study #3: Cost of Obamacare could force retail operation out of business

The last of three cases studies on how Obamacare will affect real Maine businesses shows that the staggering increase in health insurance costs could actually force a retail

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Case Study #2: Maine blueberry farm would pay $184,000 more a year under Obamacare

Paying Obamacare penalties would be less expensive than providing health insurance A case study from a blueberry farming operation in Maine shows that providing health insurance benefits under Obamacare

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The Economic Impact of Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

The state of Maine is a pioneer in passing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation. First implemented in 1999, the law required that 30 percent of total retail electric