A whistleblower’s complaint has lawmakers questioning the purpose of the Maine Information and Analysis Center, which can surveil citizens even if they’re not criminals.
To avoid political paralysis, state leaders must improve their ability to work together. Congress should form a committee to weigh the impacts of federal bills on local power.
Small voting precincts have allowed paper balloting to thrive in Maine. Other states should follow suit. And if paper isn’t an option, use a non-political electronic voting service.
The chaotic and confusing experience of COVID-19 has shown that expertise without responsibility does not produce satisfactory results.
As businesses consider work-from-home options for employees, Maine should seize this opportunity by promoting itself as the ideal “remote work state.”
A combination of unclear reporting from the Maine CDC and growing support to rapidly “open” the state leaves a large segment of Mainers more vulnerable to COVID-19.
The debate about how to “reopen” Maine and other states has quickly escalated into a political war being waged by those who believe personal freedom is more important than public health.
Until a vaccine is developed to counter COVID-19, it’s important for the state of Maine to plan to protect its vulnerable senior population.
The response to COVID-19 has been politically partisan. Trump supporters claim that shutting down parts of the economy is more harmful than the virus itself. Opponents, including Democratic leaders, focus more on health than economic activity.
The COVID-19 crisis has shown states the consequences of excessive dependence on a federal government with different priorities than meeting their basic needs. When the crisis has passed, it’s likely the power of states will increase.
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