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Special MPR issue celebrating Maine’s bicentennial available online

The fall 2020 issue of Maine Policy Review (Volume 29, No. 2), a special issue celebrating Maine’s bicentennial, is now available on MPR’s Digital Commons site. A brief look at this issue is available on MPR’s website. The issue provides an overview of Maine’s rich history through a range of articles, essays, and commentaries. Some […]

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Rubin co-authors report guiding U.S. toward carbon-neutral economy

The director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center co-authored a strategic plan to guide the U.S. toward a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 as a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA). University of Maine economist Jonathan Rubin and other members of SDSN USA, which was launched to implement the United Nations’ sustainable […]

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4,396 Mainers experienced a drug overdose death from 2010-2020 Q2

Dr. Sorg’s Drug Death Report for Q2 2020 released

AUGUSTA – The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner have released figures demonstrating that drug overdose deaths continued to increase in the second quarter of 2020. The report confirms preliminary analysis released by the OAG in July, and mirrors similar increases in other states. Attorney General Aaron M. […]

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Student job opportunity

Come work with us! We’re hiring a UMaine student employee for outreach and media work. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is seeking a UMaine student employee to contribute to its outreach efforts and public media presence via its website, social media, and print publications. The student will work on communication initiatives related to the […]

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Student applications are open for Maine Policy Scholars

Are you a UMS student with an interest in public policy? The Maine Policy Scholars program may be for you. In this scholarship program students carry out independent policy research, participate in colloquia, and present their research ideas and findings. Each student chooses a public policy topic and works with a faculty advisor and a […]

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Featuring interns: Nathan McIvor and Anthony Inhorn at Volunteer Maine

Each year the Maine Government Summer Internship Program is pleased to place interns in a variety of state agencies and municipalities, some more well-known than others. This year Volunteer Maine hosted two of our interns, which in turn allowed us to learn more about what they do at Volunteer Maine. Anthony Inhorn, a Political Science […]

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Featuring municipal government interns

We hear from two of our fantastic summer interns serving in Maine municipal governments – Michael Levesque working with the Town of Vassalboro: My name is Michael Levesque and I will be starting my third year at the University of Maine Farmington this fall. I have been interning at the town of Vassalboro since June […]

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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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