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The cost of torture

Solitary Confinement Bill Hearing
In the end, whether mass solitary confinement continues at the Maine State Prison supermax may come down to an issue of money rather than right or wrong. And resolving that issue may come down to whether the state wants to pay more now to pay less in the long term.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 25, 2010
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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008
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Maine: state of deception

How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008
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Forgotten in the campaign

The would-be governors on serving Maine’s most vulnerable people
The big gubernatorial-campaign issues are taxes, jobs and economic development, and health care affordability. Read the chart (PDF)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 01, 2006

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