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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Maine NEW Leadership Cancels 2020 Program due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, the 2020 NEW Leadership Program has been canceled. Due to social distancing guidelines from the CDC and Governor Janet Mills’ extension of the state of civil emergency we believe it is in the best interests of all those involved with the program. We understand the impact of this decision for students accepted into NEW […]

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Research associate, Ballingall cited in COVID19 traffic data report in PPH

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center research associate, Katheryn Ballingall was cited in an article in the Portland Press Herald titled “Smartphone, traffic data reveal sharp reduction in Mainers’ mobility.” The article discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected traffic patterns throughout the state of Maine as Mainer’s shelter in place. Each county in the […]

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Latest issue of Maine Policy Review published online

Volume 29, Issue 1 of Maine Policy Review is now available online. Although the journal is not being printed due to COVID19 limitations, the entire issue is available to read through MPR‘s Digital Commons website. The issue contains engaging policy content on a variety of topics including: Rural Nursing Homes Workforce Development Maine’s Wine Industry OSHA […]

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MCS Policy Center Launches Maine Policy Matters Podcast

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is excited to announce its podcast series, Maine Policy Matters. The focus of this podcast is the exploration of policy matters at the local, regional, and national levels as well as to highlight how policy decisions in Maine matter at the local, regional, and national levels. The double play […]

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