Government secrecy or personal privacy?: Concealed weapons permit data

As many of you certainly know, the legislature has wrestled this session on the issue of the extent to which the concealed weapons permits should be kept secret.

I have corresponded with many of you on this matter. ┬áSome of you — including very close friends whose views I deeply value — expressed grave and, …

School funding: Analysis and two questions for Maine legislators

Maine-School-Funding-graph

Above is a graph that shows the underlying conditions that make the case for additional funding for state aid to local schools beyond what the Governor proposes.

The bottom line represents state subsidy to local schools. Note that since 2008 the state has cut school support by over $80 million.

The second lowest dashed line …