Penobscot Valley. Prudent Investments Linking Our Towns: A Report on Education, Housing, and Capital Planning Opportunities

Penobscot Valley. Prudent Investments Linking Our Towns: A Report on Education, Housing, and Capital Planning Opportunities

This report brings together three studies focusing on regional planning and public investment opportunities in the Greater Bangor area. These documents were completed as part of the Penobscot Valley Prudent Investments Linking Our Towns (PVPILOT) research project sponsored by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation and by the TCSP Pilot Program of the Federal Highway Administration. […]

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Nature-Based and Cultural-Heritage Tourism in Piscataquis County: Community forums Summary

From April to July, 2004, researchers from the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine conducted surveys of residents and business owners in Piscataquis County to assess local attitudes toward nature-based and cultural-heritage tourism. Following this process, UMaine researchers in partnership with the UMaine Cooperative […]

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Nature-Based and Cultural-Heritage Tourism in Piscataquis County: Survey Analysis

In the summer of 2003, researchers from The University of Maine and community leaders from Piscataquis County, Maine engaged in a series of discussions on the future course of tourism and economic development in Piscataquis County. Community leaders affirmed that the best way to ensure that development harmonizes with the visions and needs of residents […]

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MDI Tomorrow 2003 Community Survey: Survey Report. REP Staff Paper 527

This study was conducted, at the request of MDI Tomorrow, by the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy and the Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine. MDI Tomorrow is a citizen’s forum to identify what Mount Desert Island area citizens want for the future and to suggest plans and […]

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Maine’s State- and Local-Government Payroll and Expenditure

This report examines state- and local-government spending in Maine in comparison to other states. Growing criticism of Maine’s much-publicized high tax burden is causing public spending in Maine to come under increasing scrutiny. But there has not been much information readily available about how Maine’s governments spend tax revenues. Anecdotes and impressions hint at waste, […]

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Maine’s Recovery of Recreational Damages Due to Coastal Oil Spills

The 2003 Energy Information Administration’s petroleum import data indicates that the Portland oil port is the largest in Maine and the third largest in New England with a total volume of nearly 23 million barrels (nearly 1 billion gallons).1 A typical oil tanker docked at this port has a capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 tons […]

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Intertemporal Permit Trading for the Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This paper integrates two themes in the intertemporal permit literature through the construction of an intertemporal banking system for a pollutant that creates both stock and flow damages. A permit banking system for the special case of a pollutant that only causes stock damages is also developed. This latter, simpler case corresponds roughly to the […]

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Improving Educational Resource Allocation in Maine

Few issues in Maine generate more passionate debate than the issue of consolidation of public education resources. Moreover, this debate has become increasingly prominent in recent years as state and local budgets have tightened, and the school-age population in many areas has decreased. Unfortunately, there is little objective evidence to inform this important debate. The […]

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Gasoline Consumption Attributable to Snowmobile Use in Maine

This study was conducted by the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy (MCSC) of the University of Maine at the request of the Maine Legislature’s Commission to Study Equity in the Distribution of Gas Tax Revenues Attributable to Snowmobiles, All-Terrain Vehicles and Watercraft. The Commission was created by the Legislature with a charge to […]

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