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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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$3,500 scholarship opportunity for UM students

Apply now for the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship In honor of Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s many years of service to the citizens of Maine and the nation this scholarship provides assistance to undergraduates who have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and who show promise for future leadership in, and contribution to, public affairs.  Senator […]

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Tierney publishes op-ed in Bangor Daily News regarding 2020 election

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center affiliated faculty member, Dr. Amber Tierney published an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News this month titled, “Want to Win an Election? Think More Like an Activist”. In it, she argues that we cannot dismiss Joe Biden’s reversal of fortune in the Democrat presidential primaries by saying “well, that’s politics” […]

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