Dr. Marcella Sorg’s Enhanced Drug Death Report released by Attorney General

Graph shows the frequency of deaths due to non pharmaceutical fentanyl increasing since 2014 to an all time quartile high in Q1 2020 of 76.

Dr. Marcella Sorg’s Enhanced Drug Death Report released by Attorney General

The Maine Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures from a report compiled by Dr. Marcella Sorg, a research professor at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. These figures demonstrate that drug overdose deaths significantly increased during the first quarter of 2020. Additionally, preliminary analysis of the […]

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Recipient of the 2020-2021 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship announced

The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year has been awarded to UMaine undergraduate student Tom Adams. Adams is a secondary education major from Falmouth, Maine. Building on his experiences teaching middle school and mentoring students in community service projects, Adams plans to carry out independent research related to civics education […]

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Summer internships are in full swing

The 2020 Maine Government Summer Internship Program welcomed 41 students placed in Maine state, municipal, and county government. The program offers full-time, 12-week work experience to student residents of Maine and those attending Maine colleges. The summer program is a unique opportunity for talented college students to work within Maine government. This year, 30 interns […]

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MCS Library holds first virtual ME National History Day

National History Day in Maine held their first ever virtual State Contest May 2-4. Nearly 700 students from across the state participated in one of three regional contests that took place earlier this year. Finalist from these events were invited to compete in the state contest that was originally slated to take place in-person at […]

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MCS Policy Center student policy scholar featured in the Pen Bay Pilot

Celena Zacchai a local UMA Rockland student is a 2020 Maine Policy Scholar, a collaborative program with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, The Maine Community Foundation and the University of Maine System campuses. The Maine Policy Scholars program is a year-long research scholarship in which one student from each of the seven UMS campuses, […]

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New episode of Maine Policy Matters podcast discusses UBI, Covid-19, and Maine

President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020. Contained within the bipartisan legislation was the establishment of direct cash payments for many Americans amounting to $1,200 with an additional $500 for each child. As Congress moves towards bipartisan agreement on a ‘phase 4’ relief […]

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Trostel Zoom’d with WABI regarding unemployment, Covid-19, and the economy.

On Thursday, Phil Trostel, professor in the School of Economics and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center virtually sat down with WABI via Zoom to discuss Maine’s unemployment numbers and to speculate what will happen to the economy when Maine “reopens for business” after the Covid-19 lockdowns are eventually lifted. He said that while we […]

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