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Why Are Mainers Poor?

Yesterday, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a new report, “Top 10 Things Keeping Mainers Poor.”

Poverty is an issue that has touched everyone’s life in some way, regardless of zip code, age or class. It’s an issue that, traditionally, only the left talks about. However, we can’t afford to sit back and simply throw money at the problem any longer. It isn’t the compassionate thing to do.

Since the early 1990s, the percentage of Mainers living below the poverty line has risen dramatically from 9.4 percent to 12.3 percent. Wages are low, educational outcomes are stagnant and taxes are high. It is time at as conservatives, we lead the discussion on how to lift our friends and neighbors out of poverty through the free market and a limited government.

The issue of poverty is huge. No single tax cut, reform bill or regulatory change will be sufficient to reverse Maine’s trajectory from poverty to prosperity. However, here are a few areas MHPC has identified that are in need of real reform.

This is just a preview of the issues highlighted in “Top 10 Things Keeping Mainers Poor.” To read the full report, click here.